Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday with ‘Invictus’

Nelson Mandela – the legendary South African president and humanitarian – was born 100 years ago on July 18, 1918, and ArtHouseFilmWire.com strongly, strongly recommends watching Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” (2009) to help celebrate the man’s birthday. “Invictus” is the story of the 1995 South African national rugby team, and it’s journey and President Mandela’s wish to help unite a divided nation between whites and blacks.  Morgan Freeman steps into the role of Mandela so gracefully (as only he can), with much gravitas and respect, and some of the most moving…

Celebrate Memorial Day and “Earn this”

Memorial Day is chance for Americans to relax and postpone the workweek one day and perhaps find a beach or a barbecue.  Although, not everyone has the day off, as I sit in an air-conditioned coffee shop and three baristas are busy making macchiatos, chai lattes and mochas. Memorial Day is a day when Americans remember servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives.  From a movie perspective, when I think of Memorial Day, my mind immediately recalls one particular scene in Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).  Brings tears to…