The German film director, Margarethe von Trotta, chooses stories about strong, conflicted women so it is not surprising her latest film is a biopic about Hannah Arendt. In the 1930s, Arendt was prohibited from teaching in Germany because she was Jewish. She was stripped of her citizenship,...
Movie Genre: Drama
Much of the hype around this French film is due to the "first time" sex scene between the two young lovers, Adèle and Emma. When I screened the film at the Mayan, the majority of the audience was over 50 and women. Surprisingly, during the sex scene, there was laughter from this group...
Based on a true story, two gay men in LA in the late 70s and 80s try to adopt and raise a Down Syndrome child abandoned by a junkie mother. This is a heartwrenching and haunting look at the legal system, discrimination, love and family.
I'll blame the husband for this one. Bad, really bad. Not a comedy as promised.
Shira is 18 years old and must decide whether to be true to herself or fulfill a family duty. Ultimately the question is whether or not they are one in the same. I saw the film three times in the movie theater to take advantage of the larger screen as several parts of the film are beautiful...
This strange gem is a testament to the possibility of finding love and family in mysterious ways.
I normally don't watch movies that are based on books but the premise behind this story seemed so intriguing that I decided to give it a whirl. The movie details the adventures of a young Indian boy called Piscine (French for swimming pool) but who goes by Pi. His family owned some...
This story deals centers mainly around Salomon Sarowitsch, a Russian Jew who lived a fast life from counterfeiting money. He is arrested and sent to a concentration camp where his drawing talent gets him transferred to a concentration camp where he and other Jewish prisoners...
Yet another in a long line of excellent British murder mysteries adapted for television. The Murder Room is written by P.D. James and is the 12th in the Adam Dalgliesh series. The title character is called in to investigate the death of a doctor from a prestigious family in London. In doing so...
I knew of Jeffery Euginedes from reading his Pultizer Prize winning novel, Middlesex. But what I didn't know was his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was optioned for a film and directed by Sophia Coppela. What a collaboration! The story unfolds via flashbacks with voice over...
A different kind of coming of age story, 17 year old Joshua slowly begins to understand the family business. There are some true psychopaths in the mix but nothing is more horrific than Janine, Josh's grandmother. The actor Jackie Weaver does such a good job playing Janine, you will be astounded...
I'll see anything Danny Boyle puts out there. Turns out the struggle with drug addiction is timeless and this film is as relevant today as it was when first released in 1996.
This is the first full length feature film by Rashaad Ernesto Green and I can't wait for more. After being released from prison, Enrique returns home to his family in the Bronx. As he tries to resume head of household, he learns his teenage son Michael is transitioning to Vanessa and his wife...
For those of you who watch Sci-Fi purely for the tech, you won't be disappointed. This is an interesting take on time travel and associated quandaries as well as a discussion about the extreme conclusion of privatization and how tech changes the way that we think. The stories take place both as...
This is possibly one of the most intense and powerful movies I have seen in a while. It was adapted from Ntozake Shange's acclaimed choreopoem "For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf". Following the lives of 5 women, it explores the ideas of love, hate,...
The craziest Almodóvar film yet - really creepy good!
Abel Ferarra's 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) marks the independent filmmaker's cinematic return to New York City. Set in a Lower East Side apartment building on the eve of an apocalyptic environmental collapse, the film centers on an upper-class bohemian couple...
Sweet French film about first love, abandonment and moving on (or not)
Forgot what a great and fun movie this is - Johnny Depp is brilliant as the "worst director of all time" Ed Wood.
F is for FATHERHOOD in this funny and revealing documentary. Skater Tony Hawk and punk rock musicians from Everclear, Devo, Black Flag, The Adolescents, NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, Red Hot Chili Peppers,...
I expected this to be way (sorry) better but it was moving in parts and also gorgeous. I now want to make this pilgrimage.
Frank's wife has passed less than a year ago and he isn't doing as well as he'd like everyone to believe. When his four grown children cancel on a planned weekend visit, he decides to surprise them, against doctor's orders. While marketed as a comedy, it is really a drama...
I would recommend this movie just for the swimming pool alone, which is huge and donut-shaped. This is where Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) and her sister swim as they get reacquainted after Juliette's release from a 15-year prison sentence. The former doctor is starting over in Nancy,...
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