“Fruitvale Station” Review: What Were You Doing on New Years 2009?


"Fruitvale Station" Review: What Were You Doing on New Years 2009?

21st Century racism? really?

I honestly don’t remember what I was doing at 2:00 AM on January 1st 2009 (and no I was not drunk, I was most likely asleep), but it really doesn’t matter because it would not have compared to what Oscar Grant was going through in Oakland, California. I know I missed it, but I remember when Fruitvale Station did its theater run last year. I hadn’t heard anything about it and did not know about its success at Sundance (I guess I am still kind of a main-streamer and am very proud of it), but I saw that it got really good reviews, tried to go see it, and it was gone!

San Francisco (Frisco) is one of my favorite cities in the United States to visit (I can thank my parents for that). It is a majestic city (as represented in Blue Jasmine) and while I am not a fan of Oakland (Broncos all the way!) it is Frisco’s close neighbor. Well, my top 10 list this year has a movie or two about defying power and standing up to the corrupt practices of people with authority. Therefore, when I finally saw this amazing movie, completely unnecessary police brutality is close to breaking into the list.

Maybe it was Michael B. Jordan’s (Parenthood) outstanding performance depicting the back story of Oscar Grant’s horrible misfortune represented as an act of racism, or maybe its the adrenaline rush I get when corruption is exposed in a widespread medium, but I am extremely glad this movie was made. It was completely necessary and is a very accessible film for anybody who has just one hour and twenty minutes to see one of the best films of 2013.

Rating:

Critically: 9/10

Personally: 9.5/10

By: Jonny Havey | Producer

@jonnyhavey

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Author:jonnyhavey

A few years ago I founded the companies Mile High Movie Reviews, LLC and Mile High Pictures, LLC and have decided that it is time to let it go and move to bigger and better horizons. I have always been about taking the next step, and that is why you are here. I am now the founder, CEO, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of Vlizz Entertainment and hope to lead a very talented staff to success. I’ve been passionate about film ever since I saw Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and have found a love for the creativity and the business behind the industry. I am a double major in Accounting and Film Studies and Production at the University of Denver (DU) and am applying for my MBA. I will also be working towards getting my CPA license in the next few years. I have been involved in the online entertainment journalism industry since August 2010 and am excited for how social media is paving its future. My goal is to redefine the film and entertainment industry by combining my cinematic creative passion with an extensive knowledge of business, finance and most importantly accounting.

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One Comment on ““Fruitvale Station” Review: What Were You Doing on New Years 2009?”

  1. Glo
    February 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

    I concur, it was a very good movie! I really dont know if it has racial slur, but he deffinitly was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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