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As I sit here and brainstorm about what I want to say about Will Smith’s new football drama, Concussion, I am currently watching the New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans. Now, the original plan was first to write about how millions of Americans- myself included- will spend every Sunday watching a full day’s worth of football for 17 consecutive weeks. In addition to Sundays, there are also Monday, Thursday, and the occasional Saturday night football games, and we must not forget about the four weeks of playoffs that ends with America’s new favorite holiday, Super Bowl Sunday. However, something happened during the game that has always been a costly price for playing this sport but has only become a prominent concern in recent years. Can you guess what it is?
The quarterback for the Texans, Brian Hoyer, left during the fourth quarter after possibly suffering another concussion (he was diagnosed with one less than a month ago). Concussions are definitely not a new risk for these players; however, understanding the actual risks of these types of head injuries are. Along with the growing concerns about the dangers of head on collisions, the National Football League is now being held accountable for the player’s safety on the field. Because of this, the league has enforced a more extensive concussion protocol; however, concussions have not been prevented. According to PBS and their “Concussion Watch”, the NFL had 171 concussions in 2012, 152 in 2013, 123 in 2014, and 166 so far in the 2015 season. It is safe to say that Concussion is being released at a pivotal time.
After coming off some rather unsuccessful films, movie star Will Smith doesn’t have the impression he once had. Sure, I can watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air any time, day or night, but I can’t say the same about Smith’s films. As of late, his movies tend to be uninteresting or unoriginal. He took a really had hit after his last major film, After Earth, in which his son, Jaden Smith costarred in, tanked. Smith recently called the movie, the “most painful failure in his career.” Yet, two years later, the Fresh Prince returns to the big screen in this new film from writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus.
Focus follows Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con-man who takes a rookie named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. However, it doesn’t take long before the two become romantically involved which might lead to more bad than good.
For generations there has been a famous freckle faced, redheaded orphan who has dominated mediums from radio, to movies, to the stage and her name is Annie. Little Orphan Annie been around for nearly 130 years. First, the country’s favorite orphan was a daily newspaper comic strip that began in Aug. 1924. However, the creator of the comic strip, Harold Gray, got the basis of Annie from an 1885 poem called Little Orphant Annie. The comic strip would continue to run until June of 2010, but in the meantime Annie would have been adapted into a radio show, multiple movies, and a Broadway musical. However, in 2011 Jay-Z and Will Smith teamed up to bring the world a new Annie, completely changing the character. Now, three years later and with Will Gluck directing, there is a new young lady belting, “Tomorrow.”
The film follows a young orphan girl named Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis), who is chosen to live with millionaire, Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), so he can possibly win over the crowd for an upcoming Mayoral election.