Posts Tagged ‘Sam Rockwell’

A movie, some local history, a career and some advice; or, my trip to an alumni function

October 2, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 2, 2019

I have not been particularly active in the local Stanford Alumni chapter, but last week there was an event that I absolutely had to attend. The group showed The Best of Enemies, a movie released in April that’s based on a remarkable incident in the battle to integrate Durham schools.

The movie, based on the 2007 book of the same name by journalist Osha Gray Davidson, centers on a comprehensive series of community discussions known as a charrette. The meetings were organized because a fire at an elementary school serving black students essentially forced the public’s hand.

I won’t say much more about what happened, either in actual history or in the movie, other than to note that it’s a truly amazing story. I’d learned about this 1970s episode during a past life as a local education reporter — although I’d forgotten some of the more important points, which heightened the climax for me.

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Man’s dark side comes to light beautifully in ‘Moon’

August 16, 2012

I recently rewatched Duncan Jones’ Moon on DVD. If you have any interest in science fiction, or even if you’re an aficionado of intelligent and offbeat films, you should definitely see this if you have not yet already done so.

The 2009 movie stars Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, an astronaut who is finishing a three-year solo stint at an energy mining base on the far side of the moon. Because of an equipment glitch, Sam communicates with his employer and his wife and baby on Earth by exchanging one-way video messages; his only company is a sympathetic robot called Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey).

The isolation is clearly wearing on Sam, and strange things start happening in and around the base. Help is available for him — but dark discoveries are at hand as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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