Jack Goes Confidential: ’12 Years A Slave’— A Cinematic Stunner!

Chiwetel-Ejiofor-12-Years-A-SlaveCome prepared to experience the incredible true story of one man’s fight for his survival and freedom…

However, be forewarned that this is NOT an easy film to watch!

Set in 1841, 12 YEARS A SLAVE tells of black musician Solomon Northup, a free black family man with two children living the middle class life in Saratoga Springs, New York.

His living hell is about to begin.

Accepting a trip to Washington, D.C. with two entertainers traveling through town becomes Northup’s nightmare, as their get-together over food and wine—lots of wine—turns into an horrendous life changer for him.

Was he drugged or poisoned?

Whatever, the end result was the same. He’s abducted and trafficked to Louisiana where he’s sold into slavery.

This is a story of the inhumane cruelty Northup endured in his new day-to-day existence. Human bondage and despair in the big screen adaptation of Northup’s own (then) best selling book of 1853.

With 12 YEARS A SLAVE , British director Steve McQueen graphically takes us into one of the darkest chapters in American history unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before.

12-Years-A-SlaveThe film has Oscars written all over it.

Chiwetel Ejiofor as the free black man turned slave, gives a skyrocketing career performance guaranteed to earn him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

But the Oscars probably won’t end with Ejiofor in what is one of this year’s best cast films.

There’s Benedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiPaul DanoAlfre WoodardBrad Pitt and Michael Fassbender as the dark spirited plantation owner for Academy members to consider.

Furthermore without McQueen’s flawless direction we wouldn’t be cheering on this excruciating true story of inner strength.

Make no mistake, the brutalities, aggressions and obsessions laid bare in this moving motion picture will surely also propel it for consideration in the Academy’s top category: Best Picture.

A story of 12 years of despair, endurance and the perseverance to survive.

And in the end, at the inspiring reunion with his family—in Northup’s own words: “I apologize for my appearance. But I had a difficult time these past years.”

The film opens this weekend in Kansas City as a limited three theater engagement. 

Mentally and emotionally draining 12 YEARS A SLAVE—co-produced by Brad Pitt—ranks the coveted ‘A’-score.

(Reviewed at AMC Ward Parkway Theatres.)

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21 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: ’12 Years A Slave’— A Cinematic Stunner!

  1. PB says:

    Sorry, Jack, but this movie is nothing more than an attempt by the black folk to flame a race war. Same goes for those damn Jews with their pesky Schindler’s List agenda. And Zero Dark Thirty and Born On The Fourth of July, just more liberal Hollywood bullshit. The Hollywood Elite is clearly aligned against Much Maligned White Guy. Where’s HIS voice?! When it comes to historical movies, give me the real thing dammit…John Wayne, Jim Hutton and The Green Berets!!!!

    • chuck says:

      Just get neck deep in it, see the movie, wear the T Shirt, eat the Ice Cream and hate whitey!

      What a party!! An ethnomasochistic extravaganza for guilty white boys and an affirmation of victimhood, entitlement by way of the sins of the Antebellum South, now, transubstantiated magically onto the backs of an ever more fissiparious citizenry. Nothing but upside there!

      Moonbats the world over can stand by to drink in deep the Hollywood agitprop and vote in the next Academy Award winner.

      I can’t wait for the speech, “We have a long way to go…”

  2. PB says:

    Chuck’s worst nightmare. A Clockwork Orange-like forced viewing of The Help/The Butler/Fruitvale Station/12 Years A Slave on an endless loop.

    • chuck says:

      To the tens of thousands of victims of black on white violence, Kubrick’s dystopia is already here.

      Based on 2010 government statistics, more whites were killed by blacks in the last 8 years than the total number of blacks lynched during the 86-year lynching era (1882-1968).

      In 2010 there were 447 black-on-white murders. Assuming that is a typical year, we project there were 3,576 whites murdered by blacks over the past eight-year period.

      There were 3,446 blacks lynched 1882-1968.

      Note that there were also 1,297 whites lynched during this same time.

      Note also that many, if not most, of the lynching victims had committed violent crimes such as rape or murder, whereas many, if not most, of white victims of black murder were innocent victims.

      State White Black Total


      Alabama 48 299 347
      Arizona 31 0 31
      Arkansas 58 226 284
      California 41 2 43
      Colorado 65 3 68
      Delaware 0 1 1
      Florida 25 257 282
      Georgia 39 492 531
      Idaho 20 0 20
      Illinois 15 19 34
      Indiana 33 14 47
      Iowa 17 2 19
      Kansas 35 19 54
      Kentucky 63 142 205
      Louisiana 56 335 391
      Maine 1 0 1
      Maryland 2 27 29
      Michigan 7 1 8
      Minnesota 5 4 9
      Mississippi 42 539 581
      Missouri 53 69 122
      Montana 82 2 84
      Nebraska 52 5 57
      Nevada 6 0 6
      New Jersey 1 1 2
      New Mexico 33 3 36
      New York 1 1 2
      North Carolina 15 86 101
      North Dakota 13 3 16
      Ohio 10 16 26
      Oklahoma 82 40 122
      Oregon 20 1 21
      Pennsylvania 2 6 8
      South Carolina 4 156 160
      South Dakota 27 0 27
      Tennessee 47 204 251
      Texas 141 352 493
      Utah 6 2 8
      Vermont 1 0 1
      Virginia 17 83 100
      Washington 25 1 26
      West Virginia 20 28 48
      Wisconsin 6 0 6
      Wyoming 30 5 35

      Total 1,297 3,446 4,743
      *Statistics provided by the Archives at Tuskegee Institute.

      FBI Stats for 2010-


      Should be a great movie, maybe Harry Stone’s family will go see it with you.

  3. chuck says:

    Yes, that is right, Oprah, the Queen of all Media, lied, lied, lied at the premiere of the “Butler” when she told the entire nation that “Millions” of blacks had been lynched after the Civil War up into the “Struggle”.

    Her statement is as usual, as specious and pernicious as those great movies PB mentions.

  4. Ohio Sam says:

    PB get out while you can.

    • PB says:

      Yep, so right Sam. As an esteemed Missourian once said…

      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

      • chuck says:

        Ad hominem insults in the face of irrefutable facts. Shocking.

        You can call me a fool or any name you want, it won’t make the dead, injured, raped and assaulted whole again. Your willful impercipience on this issue, is lock step with the rest of the hypnotized chickens you belong with.

        • PB says:

          We get it, man, you’re afraid. That’s okay, you have every reason to be, the black man is dangerous. The world can be such an awful place.

          • chuck says:

            If I was afraid, I wouldn’t give my name and post what I say under my name and indeed occasionally contribute here, on this blog under my name.

            You are again, looking for a way to turn this personal, because you are bereft of any logic that would support your pathetic and pusillanimous argument in favor of hiding the truth of Black on White crime while Hollywood, the 4th estate, academe and our political overlords continue to pretend it doesn’t exist.

            I am not afraid at all pal, I am angry. That is, in my opinion, something that we all should feel in the persistant violence directed at people by way of the color of their skin.

      • Foxtrot says:

        This film is not showing at any of the major market theaters in South Carolina. For a State still obsessed with flying the defended flag of the Confederate States, in one breath they are telling us to ‘get over’ slavery. But, they still can’t get over the fact the Confederacy lost.

  5. chuck says:

    Here is a video taken last week, of an actual Filipino Slave who exists today in Saudi Arabia.


    I wonder when Hollywood will make movies about the tens of thousands of slaves who exist today in Muslim countries.

    Lemme tell ya when.


  6. PB says:

    Again, for the 100th time and please refrain from yet another American Misnomer “fact”-based tie-in, what the hell does a movie based on a 160-year old memoir have to do with black on white crime in our current society? Boy, all those critical raves and potential awards are really a threat to a peaceful society going forward. You and your like-minded, hate-fueled brethren are just as guilty as the Sharptons, Jacksons and Winfreys of the world who you accuse of flaming race relations. Or are you just mad because all your predicted Zimmerman trial fallout riots didn’t happen?

    Murder is a crime against man as a race, the human race, it has nothing to do with skin color unless you want to conveniently ignore the plethora of white on white and black on black crimes in order to meet your totally self-serving agenda.

    • chuck says:

      Self serving agenda?

      It gets cold in the winter, you need a coat. It gets hot in the summer, drink plenty of fluids. Facts are facts. The black on white race hate crime stats are a dissproportionate, disgraceful necrosis that you and lemmings like you, who are, as I said before, willfully impercipient of, in order to advance a narrative that suits YOUR agenda.

      Your less than stated less than nuanced ability to see the 4 movies in question as any thing other than solid history with a lesson for all of us evil white folks, puts you square in the audience at SNL, whislting and clapping when Jamie Foxx gloated about “Killing All The White People”.

      Enjoy the show, I hope it comes to your house soon.

    • chuck says:

      “You and your like-minded, hate-fueled brethren are just as guilty as the Sharptons, Jacksons and Winfreys of the world who you accuse of flaming race relations.”

      Really? I believe you should read the first post on this thread.

      It is yours.

      • Super Dave says:


      • PB says:

        Here let me help you out..

        sar·casm noun \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\
        : the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny

  7. jack p. says:

    OK guys, let’s get off the Slave flick and start tearing down the geezers comedy.

  8. Foxtrot says:

    This film is not showing at any of the major market theaters in South Carolina. For a State still obsessed with flying the defended flag of the Confederate States, in one breath they are telling us to ‘get over’ slavery. But, they still can’t get over the fact the Confederacy lost.

    • jack p. says:

      Hey Foxtrot, there aren’t any so called ‘Major’ markets in SC. Columbia has a population of about 130,000 while Charleston probably has close to half a million. By comparison Wichita, KS has 386,000. and guess what “12 YEARS A SLAVE” isn’t playing in Wichita (yet) either.
      You see Fox Searchlight has ‘platformed’ this film. It opened in the major markets—i.e. NY, LA, etc.—three weeks ago. But only in ‘limited runs.’
      The distributor then added additional large markets two weeks ago. And this past weekend cities the size of K.C. came aboard.—but only at four metro theatres.
      This coming weekend additional K.C. theatres will be added in the metroplex and Fox will take it down to the next tier of cities.
      It’s called ‘platforming.’ It’s done all the time by film distributors with ‘special handling’ type of movies (i.e. “Silver Linings Playbook”)
      So your reasoning for the film not yet having invaded SC is way off base. Heck it may even play Wichita soon…..

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