Fahrenheit 9/11

On November 9, 2002, I began my essay on Bowling for Columbine: White Men with Guns  http://www.daughtersofstpaul.com/mediastudies/reviews/index.html thus: "The massacre of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado affected our national psyche very deeply. Eric Harris' and Dylan Klebold's actions that day remain mysteriously or at best unsatisfactorily unexplained by a hodgepodge of accusations and ideas. I found Michael Moore's haunting, ironic, and pseudo- … [Read more...]

Thank you for your comments

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to post a comment to my random thoughts about the movies I have seen. I appreciate the additional depth or perspective that you have added - as well as the kind words. Tomorrow I am off to see Fahrenheit 9/11. If you'd like to check out my essay on Bowling for Columbine, visit http://www.daughtersofstpaul.com/mediastudies/reviews/filmbowling4columbine.html Blessings~ R … [Read more...]

The Terminal

From the trailers, I knew The Terminal was a movie I wanted to see. A traveler asks the stranded traveler Viktor Navorsky (Tom Hanks), "Do you ever feel like you live at the airport?" Viktor's been there about six months, sleeping at Gate 67 when this happens. I travel a lot, so this little exchange made me laugh. Viktor is from a small Eastern European country near Russia. While he is on his way to New York's JFK airport, his country has a revolution, he gets no visa and his passport is … [Read more...]

Pieces of April

As you can tell, I continue to add to my 2003 movie list with Pieces of April. What a wonderful, small film and an immediate classic to me. I am a real softie when it comes to Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) and food/family movies that lay out a large canvas for viewers to draw out images of their own family memories, the dilemmas that beset us all and the love, hope and reconciliation that emerges from the simplicity of breaking bread together - or in this case, a communal turkey. April is … [Read more...]

To End All Wars

To End All Wars was released straight to DVD last week. It is a harrowing and inspirational "true" story, based on a book and the experiences of Ernest Gordon, of the 69th Scottish Regiment, who later became the Chaplain of Princeton University, about the World War II prisoner of war story depicted in Bridge Over the River Kwai. I must admit that I began to watch this film with prejudice. The last thing I wanted to see was another movie glorifying war. This story, however, told of how … [Read more...]

The Stepford Wives

When Johanna gets fired from her job as the president of a television network, she and her husband Walter, move with their kids to Connecticut. As they take the exit from the parkway to Stepford, we get to see the signs that say "Wrong Way". You can say that again. The thing about The Stepford Wives is that there are parts that are done well (the whole preamble when Johanna presents the reality show to the affiliates and one of the contestants takes revenge) is quite a good look at the possible … [Read more...]

Starksy and Hutch

Still making up some movies from earlier this year that I missed in theaters. I saw this one on the plane yesterday from LA to Chicago. Someone once told me that every laugh in a film costs a million dollars. If that's true, then Starsky and Hutch must have been a really low budget movie. OK, I laughed when he shot the donkey and when the car missed the boat (literally). Because it was the airplane version of the film, maybe they cut out something that would have contributed to the creative … [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In the third installment of the very exciting and lucrative Harry Potter film franchise, we have a dark fantasy horror film for the adolescents among us - and maybe us as well.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is directed by Alfonso Cuaron (E tu mama tambien; Great Expectations, A Little Princess) since Chris Columbus signed off, and I think he respects the films and the books very much. True, I have only read the first volume and half of the second, but we get the idea of how … [Read more...]

I Am Not Scared (Io non ho paura)

I Am Not Scared (Io non ho paura) is a film about the time  when a child is transformed from a playmate into a moral being, and awakened to the darkness of adult choices and his own. The beauty is both boys in the story become aware of what it means to try and save someone, and to be saved. To become aware that we are our brother's keeper. It is 1978 and Michele (mee-kel-lay)lives in a remote and impoverished village in Southern Italy with his little sister, mother and itinerant … [Read more...]

The Lovely Bones: A Novel

People have asked me what I thought of Alice Sebold's 2002 novel, and until now I have only been able to say that I hadn't read it.I finished it over Memorial Day weekend. So many emotions... terror, loss, chaos, distance - and a whole rethinking of what heaven means to me.When 14 year old Susie disappears, we discover what happened to her becasue she narrates it from heaven - a "place" that is different for everyone. She even has an intake counselor who was also murdered...Susie tells t … [Read more...]