The Great Debaters- I heard Merle Haggard on NPR yesterday talking about how bad the world had gotten, how we have Cinecasted it all up. Then I went to see The Great Debaters. I walked out of the theater thinking, "Merle Haggard, you don't know what the Cinecast you are talking about." Haggard wanted to get back to the "good ole days" and the good ole days of what: lynching, people of color having no rights? The world as it is may not be perfect, but it is not a constant downward spiral and the notion that there were some good ole days is absurd.
I don't know that there is anything revolutionary about the film making in this movie and it earns it tears more through swelling music than anything else, but the movie is good storytelling and reminds me of how powerful history can be.