Monthly Archives: April 2015

Developing Loyalties: List For Week Ending April 26, 2015

Developing Loyalties: List For Week Ending April 26, 2015

This week’s films are westerns, more by theme than location. Some of the theme elements that are emphasized are a strong code of honor, direct or private justice, and an abstract or distant version of law. Often, friends and enemies will be different people at the end of the film than they were at the beginning.

The Rover Pearce & Pattison
The Rover

 

As always, this is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. If you have a film that would make a good addition to this list, please write us via comments below!

 

Film Appreciation: The Naked Spur

Film Appreciation: The Naked Spur

  One of the real perks of writing this blog is discovering new films. That happened a couple of months ago, when I needed a companion film for Red Army. I started running Google searches, combing through the Netflix, Google Play, and Amazon streaming options- basically, doing my best to leave no film unscanned. IContinue Reading

Film Review: Far From Men

Film Review: Far From Men

Far From Men is, in a word, mesmerizing. Director David Oelhoffen transforms Albert Camus’ short story The Guest into a statement on brotherhood. The story takes place in 1954 Algeria, where brotherhood could be a tough choice to make, and an even tougher one to defend. Daru (Viggo Mortensen), a former Major in the FrenchContinue Reading

Highlights: Week Ending April 26, 2015

Highlights: Week Ending April 26, 2015

Raymond Griffith In “Hands Up” at McLean, Va’s Alden Theater Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. Ben Model will provide live accompaniment for the 1926 film “Hands Up”, starring Raymond Griffith. Film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton will give information about the film. “Hands Up”, a Civil War comedy honored by the Library of Congress’ NationalContinue Reading

Film Review: Gemma Bovery

Film Review: Gemma Bovery

Anne Fontaine’s effervescent film Gemma Bovery isn’t an adaptation of Flaubert’s novel with sloppy spelling in the title. It’s based on the 1999 graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, which uses many elements of Flaubert’s story. Simmonds-and Fontaine-create a very different tale, one with a lot more humor. The story is told, largely in flashbacks, byContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Shakespeare In Love

Film Appreciation: Shakespeare In Love

I love this film, because it does such a good job of conveying the ups and downs of a writer’s creative process. Writer’s block. Flashes of inspiration. Writing, rewriting, and more rewriting. The proud-parent moment when the draft is done. It’s all there, with an absolutely glorious theme song. At the same time, Shakespeare InContinue Reading

Life Imitates Literature: List For Week Ending 4/19/15

Life Imitates Literature: List For Week Ending 4/19/15

The films on this week’s list take on attributes of a well-known literary work without being strict adaptations. An example of this is the film being reviewed, Gemma Bovery. It is based on a graphic novel that reshuffles characters and plot points from Flaubert’s novel. This is not an all-inclusive list. As always, reader participationContinue Reading

Film Review: The Farewell Party

Film Review: The Farewell Party

The Farewell Party, a new film by Israeli filmmakers Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit, has been called a dark comedy. I think this is an oversimplification. Though the film takes on a serious topic, death with dignity, it also has moments that are genuinely funny. The filmmakers do a remarkable job of sustaining this veryContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Miele (Honey)

Film Appreciation: Miele (Honey)

Imagine you have an unpleasant, high-paying job that you are convinced provides a badly needed but illegal service. You discover a client lied about his need for the service, placing you at risk of being arrested and prosecuted. Such is the basic plot of Miele (Honey), actress Valeria Golino’s impressive directorial debut. The title isContinue Reading

Good Goodbyes: List For Week Ending April 12, 2015

Good Goodbyes: List For Week Ending April 12, 2015

Assisted suicide is a serious topic everywhere, including the movies. Israel’s The Farewell Party (reviewed this week) is a rare exception that combines lighter elements with a story about death with dignity. It’s well worth checking out. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Reader participation is welcome and encouraged! If you knowContinue Reading