Hollywood on the Potomac

The Oscars: 'Moonlight'

February 23, 2017

Moonlight film synopsis: As he grows from childhood to adulthood in Miami, a young black man grapples with surviving the poverty and drugs that pervade his neighborhood, establishing his own identity and accepting his sexuality. Under the influences of his drug-addicted mother, a kindly surrogate father and a conflicted best friend, the youth finds his way in life.


Considered to be the best film of the year by many reputable film critics, HOP is taking a difference stance.  While the movie has its endearing moments and is a reminder of poverty, drugs and broken relationships in certain communities, it loses something after part I which is that of a young boy in conflict both with his mother, his community and his sexual orientation.  Part I was the best. After that, it kind of drags out.  So, taking it off the Best Picture list.

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'Hacksaw Ridge' Countdown to the Oscars

February 20, 2017

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge has been nominated for Best Picture and Gibson as Best Director for an Oscar.  What are the chances of either winning?  Unfortunately, because of Gibson’s personal problems, probably none; but I’m going for it (need to see two more nominated films first).  So far, in contrast to the other films seen, it’s a standout.  Look for final predictions by the 26th of February.


This article posted on October 30th:

One of the greatest heroes in American History never fired a bullet!  That hero was WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who served during the Battle of Okinawa. He refused to bear arms and kill people over his religious upholding of the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”  He became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor for highhandedly rescuing roughly 75 of his wounded comrades while under heavy mortar and gunfire. 

President Truman awarded Doss the Medal of Honor on October 12, 1945. “When my time came, I went up,” said Doss of the ceremony. “President Truman, he came out and he stepped over the line, he caught me by my hands, shook my hand like I was an old-time friend, somebody he had known all his life. He didn’t even give me a chance to get nervous.” excerpt from Medal of Honor: Oral Histories. Doss died on March 23, 2006.

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Food Diplomacy

February 16, 2017

“Lidia is an immigrant to this country who is living the American dream,” President & CEO of Corporation for Public Broadcasting Pat Harrison said about Lidia Bastianich when introducing her at a dinner at The Library of Congress in her honor called  Lidia Celebrates America: Salute to Heroes. “She’s an internationally known chef, an award-winning public television host, a best-selling cookbook author who runs a culinary empire including Eataly and renowned restaurants from New York City to Kansas City. She is CEO of Tavola Productions, producing programs such as Lidia’s Kitchen and Lidia Celebrates America which are continually nominated for a James Beard Award. But Lidia was not always a chef, author and entrepreneur. The journey was that of an immigrant, defined by hardship and patience. Lidia and her family spent two years in a former Nazi concentration camp in Trieste while waiting to come to this country. I visited that camp with Lidia and it was no place to raise children.”  The event was co-hosted by Jon Abbott, President and CEO WGBH and Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress.

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