My mom, Cole, Peyton and I drove to the Cinema Carousel yesterday to see the new Annie movie starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz but the parking lot was packed when we got there and we didn't want to navigate a huge crowd with a wheelchair so we went home and rented Belle on iTunes instead.

I'm usually not up for period pieces but Belle was unexpectedly beautiful and interesting and I'm glad it was my mom's turn to choose what we watched. The movie was inspired by the 1779 painting (shown above) of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray which was commissioned by their great uncle William Murray who was then the Lord Chief Justice of England. It's set during a court case dealing with what became known as the Zong massacre, an incident when slaves were thrown overboard from a slave ship and the owner of the ship filed with his insurance company for the losses. Lord Murray ruled on this case in England's Court of King's Bench in 1786 in a decision that contributed to the abolishment of slavery in Britain.

Also, it's got Draco Malfoy (er, Tom Felton) in it. I saw him in line at a McDonald's in Las Vegas at 3:30 in the morning once. My friend Mike took this picture because I was busy being drunk and eating chicken nuggets.

Anyway, if you've got some time, rent Belle.