Saturday, January 08, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

Wow. Don't miss this one, y'all. Especially relevant in light of the world's mass outpouring of prayers, concern and relief for the estimated 150,000 victims of the recent tsunami. Somehow the 1994 mass genocide in Rwanda, where nearly 1,000,000 Rwandans were murdered, passed us by as we all looked away... Don Cheadle dropped another amazing performance, y'all. How underrated is he Hollywood?

Let me also give a nod to Sophie Okonedo as well, another Shorty on the Rise who seems to consistently turn in convincing performances. If you haven't seen her in the small, Miramax flick Dirty Pretty Things, check it out on DVD. You'll never look at immigrants (or that urban legend about hotels and kidney snatching) the same again. Another nod goes to Irish filmmaker Terry George for bringing such an important story to the screen.

Sophie Okonedo & Don Cheadle



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