Black Souls

Movie review with Jack Bates, Managine senior advisor, ‘Olelo Community Media

Where and with whom did you see the movie?
I attended alone at Consolidated Kahala.

Overall, what did you think?
The movie showcases superb acting. It’s beautifully shot and leads the audience on an intriguing journey, unraveling a complex family relationship.

Without giving away the ending, what was one of your favorite scenes?
Ah … the last one.

On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this film?
★ ★ ★ 1/2.


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Scene from Black Souls

What did you think of the cinematography?
Beautiful. There was a beauty to the movie even when the scenes were at their most graphic, violent and gritty.

Was the message/theme clear?
The storyline was a little complex at first, but it was intriguing as the families’ relationships were exposed.

Did it remind you of any other works of film?
Coppola’s The Godfather comes to mind, but Black Souls features much more complex characters than that mafia classic.

Who would you recommend this movie to?
Those who appreciate good acting, an excellent tale, and who don’t mind foreign movies and subtitles.

Did any of the actors stand out?
It would be really difficult to single out just one. This is truly an excellent “acting company” film.

Did you identify with any of the characters?
Fortunately, I can’t say that I can. The characters are fascinating, but they are nothing like me or anyone else who I have personally encountered at any time in my life so far.

Did the soundtrack contribute significantly to the film?
In all honesty, I was so focused on the characters, I just didn’t notice.

Would you buy this movie when it comes out on DVD?
Yes. This is a movie to savor again and again.

What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn. Who can resist the aroma of movie theater popcorn?

On a different note, what’s new with you?
It has been an incredibly busy time for us at ‘Olelo Community Media! We just hosted nearly 800 students, teachers, family members and other supporters at the awards gala for the 12th annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition.

With 892 entries this year, the program continues to grow and help kids find their voice about issues of importance to them.

And we are continuing to do everything we can to air programs of community interest on our four ‘Olelo channels: 49, 53, 54 and 55. I encourage everyone on Oahu to tune in to learn what is going on throughout the community!

Currently, I am working on developing for ‘Olelo a telecast of “Kokua Nepal,” a June 7 benefit involving a number of Hawaii entertainers to raise funds to help the people of Nepal.