Godzilla became popular in the mid-fifties and sixties, when fear of the atom bomb and what it could do was high on the minds of the public.
Nowhere Boy is an independent film about John Lennon’s teen years, and an intimate look at Lennon’s struggles with his mother and his aunt.
The Hedgehog (Le hérisson) is a quiet film, where things don’t always work out as we would like. Life has its own agenda. It reminds us of how important it is to pay attention to those around us, and to value the quiet moments.
The final installation of the Stieg Larsson trilogy of films on Lisbeth Salander is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts, was supposed to be the story of a woman learning to accept her body, to quiet the noise and give thanks, and to open herself to love after a bad divorce. The journey spans three countries: Italy, India, and Bali, Indonesia, but the character doesn’t really seem to make that much progress.
Ponyo is recommended as a remarkable journey through fantasy, and a twist on a well-known fairy tale, from Academy Award winning writer and director, Hayao Miyazaki of Japan.
Part two of the Swedish film saga, The Girl Who Played With Fire, centered around computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander hit the theaters with an eager audience waiting in their seats.
A Prophet is an uncompromising masterpiece; however, I found myself fixated on the film’s violence. I believe there are three main approaches to violence in cinema.
In the Loop focuses primarily on British government but the same bizarre actions of government can be applied to all public bodies. Iannucci’s film also takes a look at the role of the mystery men in politics, but does so more directly.
The Lives of Others is fiction intertwined with history. While the narrative is a personal story about two characters, Georg Dreyman and Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, it’s impossible to imagine the film set in any other place or time. Yet there is a timeless quality to the film. The Lives of Others is a warning about the danger of allowing the government to have too much power.
Paris, Je t’aime brings together some of the world’s greatest auteurs including Alfonso Cuaron, the Coen brothers, and Alexander Payne. Each of the 21 filmmakers paints a small story set Paris, and explores a different aspect of love.