What movie is your life like?

Month: March 2012

Somewhere

Somewhere

I liked the movie Somewhere. It made me feel nowhere for exactly one hour and thirty-eight minutes, and sometimes nowhere isn’t such a bad place to be. The movie takes place in sunny, laid-back Los Angeles; a movie star’s career is waning, he’s used up, uninspired, a tired-looking-kind-of-handsome. Idle, aimless, we proceed to watch him […]

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To what length have you gone to see a movie, any movie?

To what length have you gone to see a movie, any movie?

A nephew, home from school, sick, bored, in need of a movie companion, sat with his laptop next to him on the couch, positioned it to face the TV, and, with me on Skype video from New York, we watched The Three Musketeers together. An hour and forty minutes later I was left staring at […]

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It’s a phrase used when the options are both dangerous, literally translated, perhaps, the choice between hell and drowning. In the film, Deep Blue Sea, it’s the choice between morality and passion. Hester chooses the latter, and it’s not long before she realizes she’s doomed, for the object of her awakened love, the man she […]

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This Is Not A Film

This Is Not A Film

Jafar Panahi, a famous Iranian director banned from making films for twenty years and facing a six-year prison sentence, is under house arrest in Tehran while his verdict is on appeal. Frustrated, bored, depressed, he picks up a video camera and starts taping himself. First, breakfast; second, a phone call to his friend (who arrives […]

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About that Bike…

About that Bike…

I was still thinking about that kid with his bike in the film Le Gamin au Velo’…when, lo and behold, what movie was playing on TV last night but Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief, erroneously translated for American distribution, btw). The Italian film by De Sica, a neorealist classic, one of the visually bleakest […]

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Fathers and Sons Part II

Fathers and Sons Part II

Le Gamin au Velo’ (The Kid with the Bike), a Belgian movie, in French, about a boy who’s father, deciding he can no longer care for him, simply disappears. The kid, placed in a school for wayward children, goes on a desperate search to find his father, and his bike, which went missing with the […]

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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

Perhaps it’s my curious, analytical nature, but I’m always looking for the inspiration behind a film. In this case I wanted to know the story behind Emilio Estevez’ movie, The Way, starring his father, Martin Sheen. Emilio wrote and directed the film (2011) in which Sheen plays a man in his sixties struggling with the […]

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The Not So Inconsequential

The Not So Inconsequential

Did you know that tiny people live underneath our houses? That they’ve made little lives for themselves inside the nooks and crevices of our support structures? To survive, these “borrowers” as they are called, venture into our kitchens every so often to take the things they might need, inconsequential things to serve their inconsequential lives, […]

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Some Like It Not

Some Like It Not

I’m the first to admire beauty in a woman, even the sexual, alluring, salacious kind. But there’s nothing about Marilyn Monroe that has ever interested or compelled me to watch her films. It’s a feeling I’ve kept private, for obvious reasons, particularly with regard to my husband, who’s eyes, if “Some Like It Hot” airs […]

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For the Men

For the Men

Women’s Cage Fighting airs sometime around early morning on cable television. It’s what Steven Soderbergh was watching when he came up with the idea for Haywire. (It makes me wonder what he was watching when he came up with the idea for Sex, Lies, and Videotape, an all time favorite of mine and Chapter 6 […]

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