Chappaquiddick Review - Powerful, True Life Drama Resonates

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Chappaquiddick, from Apex Entertainment and Entertainment Studios, presents the true story of the death of, Robert F. Kennedy secretary, Mary Jo Kopechne who drowned when Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge landing in the cold waters off Chappaquiddick Island.

Directed by John Curran, Chappaquiddick stars Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Taylor Nichols, Clancy McNamara, David De Beck, Jim Gaffigan, John Fiore, Olivia Thirlby, Andria Blackman, Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell, Charlotte Anne Dore, Tim Jackson. Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan wrote the screenplay.

Chappaquiddick begins on Friday, July 18, 1969, with a reunion of sorts, Senator Ted Kennedy, played by Jason Clarke, family friend Joe Gargan, played by Ed Helms, Paul Markham, played by Jim Gaffigan, the current U.S. Attorney For the District of Massachusetts, were all gathered on Martha's Vineyard, the summer home of Boston's intellectual community, political dynasty's, entertainers and none more famous than the Kennedy's.


Ready Player One Review – A High Tech, Action Adventure, Thrill Ride


By 1969, John F. Kennedy had been lost in Dallas, Robert F. Kennedy, murdered just over a year earlier in June 1968, and today, the annual Chappaquiddick Regatta, had these three old friends attempting to outmaneuver the others.

By evening the cottage was filled with the Boiler Girls, an affectionate name for former secretary's for Robert F. Kennedy. Essentially they were campaign directors, making it happen from behind the scenes, Mary Jo Kopechne, played by Kate Mara, was deeply effected by Bobby's murder and went home to New Jersey to run a local campaign and accepted the invitation to reunite on the Vineyard.

Expectations were that Ted would run for President in 1972, and the real reason for the weekend, other than reuniting and watching Jack Kennedy's vision of new frontiers being realized as the world watched Apollo 11 land on the moon, was of course to gather those closest to the ideals and reform the team.

Mary Jo was such an integral part of the Boiler Room that no one could see Ted running his campaign without her. After one too many drinks Ted, decided he could convince her to come back to the big leagues from local Jersey City politics, offered to drive her to the ferry.

As the hours went by, the two friends were rehashing Bobby's plans, and the hopes for the nation and the last ferry was leaving. Ted, a little too drunk, and accustomed to entitled treatment, was driving erratically, on a part of Chappaquiddick that he was not familiar with and went to drive across a narrow, single lane bridge, with no guardrail, and missed, driving right off the side of the bridge.

The car flipped, and he managed to escape through the driver's side window which was down when they went into the water.

After sitting on the edge of the pond for a short time, he walked back to the cottage he told Joe and Paul who tried to rescue Mary Jo who was long dead. After beginning the spin, the three agreed he would report the crime.

It would be ten hours before he would follow their advice and report the crash.

What follows defines the crisis spin team and in actuality defined a man's career.

With all that said, as this is a true story, and nearly at the fifty year mark, I must say Chappaquiddick is gripping.  It is powerful and resonates.

Chappaquiddick, for me, portrays Senator Ted Kennedy, who went on to be the fourth longest serving senator in United States history, as a coward. Entitled by wealth and position, he did exactly what he was told by his father, Joseph, portrayed by Bruce Dern, who give a shocking attention-grabbing performance as the stroke disabled patriarch of this powerful political dynasty.

The scenes with the Spin Doctors who arrive before the Senator and are awaiting each with their brand of expertise is a tribute to crisis management firms and teams everywhere. These powerful pillars of politics, communications, public relations are masters to watch.

The ups and downs of attempting to beat the clock, wait out the weekend deadlines (before the advent of digital) and of course the most famous event put the death of a Kennedy staffer, even in the car of the Senator buried deep, as Apollo 11 lands safely and with the words spoken by Neil Armstrong on Sunday, July 20, 1969, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Ted Kennedy's responsibility ended up a distance second, they thought.


Unsane Review – Powerful Psychological Thriller; Shockingly Truthful


The cast from the beginning right through the televised polish at the very end, embodies the days, times, seasons and events with riveting performances. The film personifies the dynamics of when power and privilege clash.

Powerful, sharp, surprising, Chappaquiddick is thoroughly absorbing and captivating from the beginning.

Chappaquiddick opens April 5, 2018. See this film.

Haute Tease

  • Celebrity Photos:J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Steven Spielberg Among The Artists Honored At AFI Awards 2015

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    America’s finest film and television artists were among the guests honored today by the American Film Institute (AFI) at its annual AFI AWARDS 2015 luncheon. Thirty-nine AFI Conservatory Alumni were among the 20 creative ensembles behind the year’s most outstanding films and television.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Attends G-20; Leaders Split On Syria; Committee Drafts Strike Approval; August Job Numbers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama unexpectedly traveled to the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg Russia, this week, as he hoped to present conclusive evidence to global leaders of Syria culpability in the recent chemical weapons attack.

     
  • Sony Entertainment and Columbia Pictures Host The Green Hornet Junket

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE GREEN HORNET, a high energy, fast action, comedy adventure, from Sony Entertainment/Columbia Pictures recently held its press junket at the ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

     
  • And the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film Goes To . . .

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Documentary films bring the world into our living rooms, we are treated to lands, times, events that we would never see, astonished at stories of overcoming obstacles and provide clarity into our own situations, they provide a looking glass into another's life, dreams, survival, hope and heart.

     
  • DJANGO UNCHAINED: Revenge Tarantino Style

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    DJANGO UNCHAINED, from Columbia Pictures and The Weinstein Company, ignites the screen with Director Quentin Tarantino’s signature style of storytelling as he delves into the sadistic world of Slave Era America and the brutalities of slave life.

     
  • Spring Temps Tease Thanksgiving Travelers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Following a deep freeze that sent much of the nation into woolens and winter wardrobe, a quick spring thaw with warmer temps has caught the same plunging jet stream and will send a brief respite as far as Deep South.

     
  • NYC Arts: Chase Contemporary Presents British Artist’s The Connor Brothers Solo Exhibition

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the United States with British artists The Connor Brothers, in partnership with British brand Maddox gallery, entitled "A Dangerous Idea," on view beginning Thursday, January 31, 2019.  

     
  • God Help The Girl Review – A Beautiful Modern Euro Musical

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "God Help The Girl," from Amplify and Barry Mendel Productions, presents a message of hope as the ravages of anorexia, and destruction of lies are told in musical form through the eyes of a contemporary Euro underground rave band.

     
  • New Mexico Girl, 10, Drugged, Sexually Assaulted, Murdered, Dismembered, on Birthday

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Victoria Martens, 10, was due to celebrate her birthday later Wednesday, instead friends and family members are mourning the gregarious child who was found dismembered wrapped in a burning blanket inside her family's Albuquerque, New Mexico apartment.

     
  • Independence Day - 20th Anniversary FOX Launch/LAFF Screening Kicks Off Resurgence Debut

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Independence Day, the 1996 Sci-Fi epic from Director Roland Emmerich and Fox Home Entertainment, recently released a newly restored theatrical and extended cut Blu-Ray DVD with the Digital HD version out on June 6, 2016.

     
  • Second US Journalist Beheaded by Iraqi Terror Group

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Global media is reporting a second U.S. journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, was beheaded by ISIS/ISIL, the Iraqi Terrorist organization in retaliation for the United States' assistance to the Iraqi people placed under siege by the militant group.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Die-In Protests Spread; S.I. Cop Racist Background; November Job Report; Sandy Hook

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama has remained reluctant to criticize the process which left a white NYPD police officer exonerated in the videotaped murder of an unarmed black man detained for selling loose cigarettes as his Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch prepares the federal inquiry.

     
  • Royals Announce Engagement of HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ending months of media speculation the engagement of HRH Prince Harry, 33, and American actress Meghan Markle, 36, was announced by HRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwell via a press release from Clarence House.

     
  • Iconic Luxury Designer Brands at Baselworld2014 Tonino Lamborghini: New E-Boutique

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    BOLOGNA, ITALY--(March 26, 2014) - The Tonino Lamborghini Group Italian luxury accessories company will showcase its design icons at Baselworld2014, the world watch and jewellery show. The new Swiss Made watches will be unveiled during the show. With sporty designs, strongly evocative of the brand's history, each detail of each watch highlights the passion for speed and mechanics that define the culture of the brand.

     
  • Joan Severance, Supermodel, Actress, Author, Releases Her First Book

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Joan Severance, the former Supermodel and actress, is adding author to her list of accomplishments with the recent release of her first book "Manifest Your Mate: A Journey for Attraction" proving that a classic never goes out of style.