Directed by: Mel Gibson Written by: Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
Summary: Desmond Doss enlists in the army as a conscientious objector in World War II. Despite doubt from his officers and fellow soldiers, Doss proves to be a selfless, devoted medic and saves the lives of dozens of men at Hacksaw Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa.
Hacksaw Ridge is like sandwich made with premium deli meat that is slapped between two pieces of Wonder bread. The beginning and ending of this film are just empty calories, even cringe-worthy at times. But what happens in the middle is high-quality filmmaking rich with sustenance and flavor that lingers. (more…)
The New York Times just published a fascinating piece on how different counties in America have responded to each of the Best Picture nominees this year. With 2016 proving that our geographic location plays a huge part in our perceptions of the world, this approach to understanding public enthusiasm (or lack-there-of) for each nominated film is very interesting.
Personal note: I couldn’t help but notice how Dane County (Madison, Wis.) sticks out in the map of which counties liked Moonlight. This is one of those moments where I am very proud of where I live!