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Moonlight: All That a Best Picture Should Be

Movie Review By Moira Cue

The minimalist beauty of the 89th Annual Academy Award for Best Picture, the film ‘Moonlight,’ is both elegiac and hopeful. In a world of poverty and violence, a richness of character, however flawed, shines transcendent.   This film is artful.  This film is all that a Best Picture should be.

Before ‘Moonlight’ received its Oscar nomination, the first person I know who saw it came back from the theater with her face aglow. “You have to go see it,” they stated.  “What’s it about?” I asked.  “You just have to go see it,” they replied.

Moonlight is a hero’s odyssey. The main character, Chiron, is the African-American son of a crack-addicted mother and target of bullying at his Miami school. The film is divided into the Greek three act structure, wherein Chiron is portrayed in glimpses as a young boy, teenager, and man. The name Chiron traces its origin to classic Greek mythology; Chiron was a civilized, intelligent centaur, who, in varying accounts, gave up his immortality.  (The character has been explored for millennia, in Greek and Roman mythology, in Dante’s Inferno, and Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike’s novel The Centaur, which was set in the context of 20th-century small-town America.)

The cinematographer’s palette is exquisitely utilized. Pale sheets of color—Miami pastels—appear as washes that transform walls in Chiron’s mother’s low income housing into a vibratory entity similar to Rothko’s paintings.

The sound track includes contemporary classical music, rap, and an even an R&B song that echoes the sweet layered harmonies of the innocent 1950’s. The score’s disparate melodies all work together despite referencing different cultures and time periods.  There is so much beauty and so much pain.

This film is brutal, and timeless. While it is set in a world that most audience members would not voluntarily visit, it is universal in its depiction of a first, true love.

Everyone will remember the 89th Academy Awards because of the accidental announcement of ‘La La Land’ as Best Picture.  But ‘La La Land,’ with all the advantage of being a film by Hollywood about Hollywood, piled on the trappings of the Golden Era while having forgotten the old adage, all that glitters isn’t gold. While ‘La La Land’ tells us of love aborted for the cult of ambition; ‘Moonlight’ shows us a world where love is the only ambition.

Moira Cue is art and literature editor of Hollywood Sentinel, and an award winning multi-media artist working in art, music, film, and fiction among more. For more information on Moira visit the official website at www.MoiraCue.com

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Fear versus Faith: Florence Scovel Shinn

By Moira Cue

Florence Scovel Shinn, born in 1870, was a metaphysical author best-known for her 1925 book, The Game of Life and How to Play It. While some of the language and ideas no longer resonate, her work deserves attention for those interested in the Law of Attraction and in particular, those who are both spiritual and ambitious.

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One of Ms. Shinn’s most interesting statements is “Fear is only inverted faith: it is faith in evil instead of good.” This is one of the most powerful statements I have ever heard about fear, or faith. We live in a world that shows us many ways in which evil is real and powerful. There are many unsavory things, and they won’t go away by me choosing to dwell on them or not.

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But what do we believe about good and evil? I recently read a book about cognitive bias that contained the whopping  over-generalization that evil is more powerful than good. Hollywood movies used to have good guys and bad guys that could be clearly distinguished, but now a protagonist likely to be deeply morally ambiguous, pathologically neurotic, and/or in the process of transforming from a protagonist to antagonist. Perhaps it’s more realistic to think that even a hero has flaws, but if we cannot imagine people who both do good and are healthy, than what hope do we have of ever living healthy lives where we do good things? Who are our role models?

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Florence Scovel Shinn teaches that there is only one power, rather than two, and that power is God. This is a difficult idea to grasp. She believes that each of us was once a part of the infinite intelligence (that some call God) but that our own “vain imaginings,” or separation from the Divine, are the root of evil. And that separation begins with fear. In the Christian tradition, God is the creator of heaven and earth, but the devil, Lucifer, is a fallen angel. He became the devil by separating himself from God.

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You don’t have to be Christian, or even a deist or disciple of any organization or teacher, to believe in good. Some people believe that religion is mostly metaphors, while others believe that various religious scriptures are the literal and singular Truth with a capital T. Most all religions talk about love, and how we are supposed to love each other. Some religions talk about how we are supposed to love not only humans, but to show compassion and gentleness for all living beings. But how many of us have had experience with religion or ideology that caused us to feel guilt, shame, and fear, instead of love? How many of us have used religion or ideology to judge others as less worthy than ourselves?

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Finally, how many of us believe that good is stronger than evil? On one hand, a person could say that a question as broad and general as “Which is stronger, good or evil?” is impossible to answer. And many of us haven’t given it much conscious thought. Some of us are sensitive to all the times that history has shown evil triumph over good. But I would argue that most of us either believe that good is stronger than evil or that evil is stronger than good, that we can consciously change that belief, and that just having a belief that good is stronger than evil will make the world a better place.

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When you are afraid, you are expressing a belief in evil. When you have faith, you open the door to the possibility that there is something or someone that is bigger and stronger than you and your separation from the source of infinite love and abundance. When you invite that something into your life, through faith, whatever that wonderful thing is, it can heal you and make you whole again.

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Moira Cue & Phoebe Price Stars in Episode #2 of Comedic Webisode Hollyweird!

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Controversial celebrity Phoebe Price; widely photographed on the red carpets around the world, and actress, singer and artist Moira Cue, takes on Ted Cruz, space travel, and tabloid blogger Perez Hilton among more, in Episode #2 of the ongoing comedic webisode called “Hollyweird!” Produced and written by Hollywood Sentinel publisher and Starpower Management founder Bruce Edwin, Hollyweird! Episode #1 starred Lindsay Lohan father Michael Lohan, in which he saw an image of Jesus on his toast. Moira Cue then proceeds to take a bite out of the iconic manifestation.

Episode #2 of the comedy returns with its wild, zany, slapstick humor, starring sexy Phoebe Price–known for her wild,  racy outfits and daring poses, and with Moira Cue, recognized for her cutting edge art and music, whose paintings are  in the collection of numerous stars. Produced by Bruce Edwin, also publisher of the music magazine ‘subnormal,’ states of the series, “Hollyweird’ is a partly scripted and part real life story about the crazy life behind the scenes, living and working in Hollywood. It also  fearlessly makes fun of everyone who takes themselves too seriously, including myself!”

Directed by Award Winning cinematographer and director Jessica Gallant, whose work has been praised by ‘Variety,’ Make Up artist Kim Williamson also brought her artistic flair to the stars appearances.  Filmed on location at a secret spot in Beverly Hills, California, numerous fans quickly gathered around the celebrities during shooting, yet politely did not try to intrude.

Once, accidentally left off of a guest list for an event, Phoebe Price famously and comically referred to the publicist of the event as one of those little P.R #@#@#@#,  in her timeless Southern accent. Hollyweird! #2 starring Pheobe Price and Moria Cue comedically plays on that notorious line, going after all paparazzi in a playful, funny way.  Hollyweird #2  also tackles the Pope, Ted Cruz, and other current political events among more.

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