Excessively Diverting Fridays: Amistad Edition

Yikes! It’s Friday and I nearly forgot that it’s EDF time! I’ve been kinda busy writing a Theology of Books. Yeah, it IS as awesome as it sounds. Get excited.

Movie recommendation for today: Amistadif only for the stellar cast (Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, other awesomes, and it’s directed by the illustrious Steven Spielberg).

Amistad depicts the true story of some Africans who were captured from Sierra Leone and sold into slavery. They underwent horrific treatment by their Spanish owners on the ship La Amistad, which means “Friendship”, and consequently committed mutiny. They were found and taken into custody, and the two Spanish ship owners that they hadn’t killed in the mutiny claim ownership of them. Some prominent abolitionists take up their case, which after much back and forthing ends up in the US Supreme Court.

It’s a moving film that explores the way in which fellow men have been so callously treated as not such, the black mark in history that is slavery, and every person’s longing for the fundamentals: their home, their family, and their freedom to live.

The acting is just superb, and the script is equally so. With all the garbage that comes out in the cinemas so frequently these days, a strong, inspiring, authentic script is so refreshing.

Watch the trailer!!



Excessively Diverting Fridays: Michael McIntyre Edition

In two weeks I’m going to see my first ever stand-up comedian performance. SO KEEN!! Who’s the lucky star? Meet Michael McIntyre.

Michael McIntyre: This Guy.

Michael Hazen James McIntyre (what a name! So British!) is a British (how surprising) comedian. Father of two, he tends to poke fun at the stuff everyday life is made of. Apparently, he attended Edinburgh University for one year, but so engaged was he in his studies that he can’t remember whether he studied Chemisty or Biology…

This is one of my favourites. Hopefully it resonates with the behaviour of your father/ husband/ self/ etc.

Now go on a youtube spree!!


Excessively Diverting Fridays: Marx Brothers Edition

Friday has rolled round again so today I’m introducing you to the Marx Brothers. They’re a comedic quartet who really are brothers. [WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T SWITCH OFF JUST BECAUSE THE PICTURE BELOW IS BLACK AND WHITE! Yes, they’re kinda old, but quality, my friends, over recentness.]

Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo

The three on the left are the real funny guys, while Zeppo is what’s called “the straight man“.

Yes, this photo is black and white. Yes, so are all their films. No, that doesn’t make them terrible.

In fact, they’re awesome. With their (especially Groucho’s) quick wit, wordplay so swift you have to really be paying attention to catch all the jokes and classic slapstick of the most outrageous variety, it’s a winning combination.

Their “movies” are quite haphazard, generally with a rather loose storyline, because they originally performed mostly on the stage, and then after the fact they pieced together a lot of their skits. This makes for comedy of the rather madcap variety, including some showcasing of their musical talents as well: Groucho can (sort of) sing (the audio quality isn’t always the best), Chico is a whiz on the piano, and Harpo plays, yes, the harp. Harpo is also known for never uttering a word on-screen, using sign-language, whistling and honking horns to communicate. (His autobiography is therefore aptly named “Harpo Speaks”. And just to clarify, he can speak in real life. Or could. As he’s no longer alive, God rest his/ their soul(s).)

Anyway, a taster of what they’re like: