When I saw this film at AFI Fest, it played to a packed house. It wasn’t one of the films I was especially looking forward to. But I found it enjoyable in the absurd humor and the idiocy of the characters.
I saw this film on Thanksgiving weekend, and it was amazingly appropriate. So much of our time is spent being oblivious to the many things we have because we so often focus on the things we do not have. That is very much Lady Bird’s experience with the world.
While I’m not a fan of supernatural events in horror films, this film does an excellent job of building tension. This is a spooky story as it plays out.
Winston Churchill is an icon. He is most certainly counted among the greatest (if not the greatest) statesmen of the twentieth century. His voice and inspiring speeches are well known. He led Britain when they stood almost alone against Nazi Germany. And yet, no one really wanted him as Prime Minister.
AFI Fest this year screened 137 films (93 features, 44 shorts) representing 53 countries. The program included 14 official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions. I managed to make it to 18 films (17 features) during my time at the festival. My top films for the festival were (in the order I saw them): What Will… [Read More]
The final day at AFI Fest gave me a chance to finish off with two more films before I made my way home to a more reasonable schedule and eating habits. Both films played before good sized crowds for a Thursday afternoon. Claire Denis’s Bright Sunshine In (aka Let the Sunshine In) (World Cinema section)… [Read More]
Before each screening at the festival there is a short promo for AFI which is celebrating its 50th year. It features its three purposes: to preserve film’s history, to honor those who have achieved high levels of artistry, and to educate. The promo has three brief clips: Robert Altman talking about his vision (preserve), Sidney… [Read More]
1971 was a year of turmoil in many places. But most of that seemed far away from a village in Switzerland. Life just goes on there. But there is to be an election about giving women the right to vote. (Of course, only the men will be voting on this issue.) In The Divine Order an unassuming housewife must take on a leadership role in the women’s suffrage movement in her locale.
There comes a time at a festival when you’re standing in line and someone asks what you’ve seen that’s good. You know you’ve seen a lot of movies when you can’t remember the titles anymore. It’s a good thing I take a notebook with me. Claire’s Camera (World Cinema section) from South Korean director Hong… [Read More]
Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a well-loved story that has had various screen and stage versions and has become as much a part of Christmas as a crèche. The Man Who Invented Christmas is the story behind the story. It is a combination of a look at Dickens, his creative process, and enough of the… [Read More]