ADRIFT (2018)

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A film by Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Shailene WoodleySam ClaflinGrace Palmer

In September, 1983, Tami Oldham Ashcraft and her fiance, Richard Sharp, were hired to take a 44-foot yacht on a 4,000-mile journey from Tahiti to San Diego. About half way there the encounter a hurricane which was building for a couple of weeks. Caught into it full force the yacht in 145-knot winds, the boat over turn a few time to find themselves adrift.

Here is a couple who found love a first sight while traveling on boats. They meet in Tahiti where Tami running away from her town San Diego not in the hurry to go back any time soon. Love blossomed and soon after that they fell in love, they had a big thing in common they love to travel by sea to discover the world. Everything was fine until an english couple asked them to take their yacht to San Diego and give them $10,000 plus a first class ticket back to Tahiti. Until they get caught into the hurricane. When she find herself adrift she is going to have to pull through right away in order to survive. It is based on the true story , from the book that Tami Oldham Ashcraft wrote in 2002 Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea. A terrific story of survival and will power to stay alive. Adrift has flashback between their hot romance on Tahiti and the increasingly difficult situation after the storm, as Tami struggles to keep herself and Richard alive. I love the shot of the yacht up in the hair where you see the waste ocean and this little tiny boat. It is scary no land to be seen. The shoot must have been difficult because when you see the beautiful scenery that the ocean and the sunset has to offer it is breathtaking. The question here that you have to ask yourself is would I have survive this if I was Tami. What would you have done. The thing here is that Tami has a positive attitude and said to herself I will stay alive I will survive this. What she is using duck tape to do what?

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WHITE BIRD IN THE BLIZZARD (2014)

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A film by Gregg Araki

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni 

White Bird in a Blizzard is based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. It is set in 1988 Yes you heard right no cell phone, no computer, no internet, no iPad, Just answering machine some of you might say what the hell is that, high school student Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) comes home one day to find her totally unglued mother Eve (Eva Green) fully dressed and sleeping in her room, appearing totally unaware of where she is. There is tension between them but then again there is tension between a teenager and his parents, also a little bit of sadness and hatred runs in their blood. Eve has hated Kat’s father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), a door mat  pushover who doesn’t seem to know how to handle  strong-willed women. The mystery of eve disappearance is still fresh in mat’s mind that draws her anger as she goes into womanhood. Kat is dating this burn out kid across the street who seems disinterested about sex. So when her father goes to the cops and file a missing person report lat decided she need sex so goes after the cop Thomas Janes) who is by the way around 40 years of age. Kat has no problem going into the gory details of their sauvagel encounters, to her best friends (Gabourey Sidibe and Mark Indelicato), a pair of outsiders who are in admiration of this sleazy story. We get some flashback from time to time with her and her mother or like it was in her family when she was younger and what a dysfunctional family it is. This story is like twin peaks meet mommy dearest into one. There is also Angelina Basset as Kat psychologist. of course there a twist in the story and a good one at that a little scary for that matter.

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