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Ford v Ferrari

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American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

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In two words, this movie is both intense and frustrating. Not to mention really loud. Tires squealed constantly. It had a surprising amount of emotional highs and lows, but it was also laugh-out-loud funny.

This movie is frustrating because of the aforementioned corporate interference. Ford wants to win at Le Mans, of course, but they also want to project a wholesome image of their company. Ken Miles is, well, a bit rough around the edges. However, he’s also the one of the best race car drivers in the world, so as much as they might not like him, they need him.

Christian Bale plays Ken Miles. His British accent was so thick it was almost unintelligible. But the difficulty in hearing it may have also been because he was shouting over the noise of the cars.

Caitriona Balfe – as Ken’s wife, Mollie Miles – is really good at being angry. Mollie Miles isn’t someone to be messed with. Even though Mollie is British, Caitriona’s natural Irish accent was audible at times, which was cool.

Noah Jupe plays Ken and Mollie’s son, Peter Miles. And he actually got to use his voice this time, which was nice to hear. He did have some lines in A Quiet Place, but as that the dialogue in that movie is mostly sign language, he didn’t speak much. Ford v Ferrari was a smaller role for him, but he was adorable nonetheless.

This movie is definitely worth seeing. It keeps the audience of the edge of their seats for an entire two-and-a-half-hours. It puts the pedal to the metal and doesn’t let up.

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Plays

The Band’s Visit

The Band’s Visit is definitely underrated. It’s fairly new – the Broadway Cast Recording was released in 2017 – but it’s not very well known, even though it won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical.

Set in Israel in 1996, The Band’s Visit is

a delightfully offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways.

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Because the majority of the story takes place in the small town of Bet Hatikva, the set wasn’t elaborate, nor did it need to be. The main set pieces rotated around a single turntable. However, what this play lacked in set decorations, it more than made up for with its story and characters.

In a word, the characters were captivating. Not to mention hilarious. Probably the most interesting person, though, was Dina played by Bligh Voth. She’s the owner of a small café in the town. When the band first arrived, she didn’t really want to have anything to do with them, nor they with her. As the play, progresses, however, she opens up to the band’s leader, Tewfiq (played by Sasson Gabay), about her life. The common denominator was “Telephone Guy”. That’s actually the character’s name. He was in almost every scene, standing at a payphone, waiting for his girlfriend to call. What was really cool, though, was that the characters occasionally spoke Hebrew. Obviously, there’s no subtitles, but the audience is able to get the gist of it.

The music was another interesting aspect of this play. The members of the band were off to the side in every scene, actually playing their instruments. It would be interesting to find out how much of their music was supplemented by the orchestra.

Another thing that was different about this play was it didn’t have an intermission. It’s about 100 minutes long, and it went by really fast. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?