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‘The Help’ gets a thumbs up from the old, bald editor

August 20th, 2011 Comments off

My wife and I went to see “The Help” Wednesday, and I have mixed feelings about the movie. I loved being able to watch the movie and pick out people that I know as extras (Mr. Lt. Gov. Bill Crump!). It’s fun to see places on the big screen that you have seen every day of your life.

And while I enjoyed the movie (laughing and crying in the appropriate places), it gave me a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Yet again, Mississippians are being shown for having been racists and treating people as lesser folks. It’s sad, but the fact of the matter is, the movie is accurate.

We are who we are and we have to admit where we have been before we can see where we are going.

There are those at The Boston Globe who believe we, as America, are looking back at racism and patting ourselves on the back. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We, as the people in the theater — in Madison, Mississippi — watched and knew there is still room for all of us to grow.

Kathryn Stockett should be applauded for her book and now movie, and we should all be aware of the changes we still have to make in order for all of us to move forward together. And apparently, the rest of the country likes it as well.

Without giving away anything, I loved Cicely Tyson in her role as one of the maids. She didn’t have a ton of lines, but her role and her portrayal of it were powerful. My pick for funniest is when Sissy Spacek’s character walks past her daughter and the two exchange words. Priceless.

By the way, the popcorn was great!

Here are what some other folks thought …

••• ABC News

••• Baltimore Sun

••• San Jose Mercury News

••• Variety Reviews

••• Entertainment Weekly

••• Moviefone

••• Salon.com

••• UK Progressive

••• Indie Wire

••• Your Houston News

Click here to let us know what you think of the movie …

Good news appears to be outweighing the bad

April 2nd, 2010 Comments off

It’s always dangerous to write about a certain trend in stocks, but as of this writing, stocks are on the verge of going above 11,000 for the first time in more than 18 months.
A lot of that recently is on the backs of tech stocks as Apple and Verizon jumped after The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was making phones that could be used on Verizon’s network.
Having said that, Mississippi’s unemployment has risen again to 11.4 percent with the largest increase in the nation during the last month.
So, it is hard to really jump for joy when so many, particularly here in our state, are still hurting badly.
But there is room for good news, like:
• Mississippi is on track to exceed its projected monthly tax collections for the first time in more than a year and a half.
State Tax Commission spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury said last week that collections were about one-quarter of 1 percent — or $1.2 million — ahead of where experts predicted they would be in March.
• Viking Range is reporting an uptick in sales for the first time in more than a year.
• In our business, advertising sales seem to heading back in a positive direction.
• A steady climb in stocks over the past two months could give investors reasons to collect some profits. The Dow had risen 22 of the past 25 days and is now at its highest level since Sept. 2008.
And, the index had its best first-quarter performance since 1999.
Stocks have now had a nearly unbroken advance since early March of last year. The Dow made an even larger leap of 7.4 percent in the fourth quarter.
• An incentives war touched off by Toyota boosted sales at most major automakers last month.
GM reported a 21 percent jump in new vehicles sales last week, while Ford’s climbed nearly 40 percent over last March, when economic uncertainty and rising unemployment kept buyers from showrooms. Sales at Hyundai and Subaru also rose, but Chrysler continued to struggle with sales down 8 percent.
• A government report showing initial claims for unemployment benefits fell last week added to the market’s enthusiasm following upbeat manufacturing reports overseas. In the U.S., a trade group’s report signaled that manufacturing is growing faster than expected.
So, while we aren’t out of the woods just yet, there are plenty of indicators, just in the last week, to suggest that the worst of times is certainly behind us.

MBJ editor Ross Reily can be reached at (601) 364-1018 or ross.reily@msbusiness.com