Movie Review: This Is What Love In Action Looks Like

This is a short but well paced documentary that looks at the ex-gay group Love In Action that has an in house program for teenagers called Refuge. When a young, gay teen is sent there against his will by his parents, he blogs about it and what happens next is nothing short of outstanding. Considering the time period, social media was really just taking off. The boy, Zach, found that his friends spread the word about what was happening to him and very soon a group of people stood outside the Refuge for the entire 8 weeks he was there, trying to be “converted” to a straight teen.

The documentary focuses not just on Zach and his story, but the story of other men who went through this experience and came out with serious after effects that took years to resolve. It shows just how dangerous it can be when others take your life into their hands.

One of the people interviewed surprised me. It was the man who was a director of the Refuge, and because of the protesting, he had a change of heart. By the time the Refuge was shut down, he changed gears and began to welcome gay members into his church. This change of heart just shows how much of an impact one person can have. Because of Zach a light was shined on the Refuge and what they were doing, and as a result, lives were changed and possibly saved.

I highly recommend this documentary. It can opens viewers eyes to the damage done to teenagers who undergo this kind of “treatment,” often at the consent of their parents.

Movie Review: Warm Bodies

The new zombie film Warm Bodies┬áisn’t officially out until February 1st, however, because my friend is a Stubs member at AMC, I was able to get free advance screening passes for this past Wednesday.

For those who haven’t heard of the film, it is based on the book of the same title by Isaac Marion. After a former student shared a trailer for the film, I knew I had to see it. I didn’t know it was a book. When I stumbled upon the book at the store, I bought it and devoured it in a night. It was fantastic! (See my review here.)

When my friend mentioned she had the tickets, I jumped at the chance and was able to bring my two sisters, who also enjoyed the film.

If you’ve read the book and are expecting it to be the same, stop. It’s very different. However, despite the differences, I thought the film was just as good as the book, just in a different way. I loved the portrayal of R, and while I was annoyed that the actress chosen for Nora was not black (like she is in the book), I thought the actress was decent in the role.

But it’s R that really shines. The actor that plays him is fantastic. There’s very little dialogue from him. At least, words that come out of his mouth. Most of what we hear from him comes from his thoughts. And let me tell you, between him and M, I was laughing a lot. The whole theater was.

The film is well done, too. When R starts to change, it is subtle at first, but if viewers pay attention, you can definitely see as he starts to speak a little more clearly, becomes a little less pale, and walks a little more like a human.

Any fan of zombie films should check it out. Yes, it’s a romance, but it’s also a comedy. Check it out when it comes to theaters on February 1st!