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Monday, January 30, 2006

Walk the Line

Johnnie Cash sang in the background of my childhood from the earliest years. During those years I had no idea about the man, what he had been through in his life and the choices that he made. I wanted to see Walk The Line as soon as possible as I was intrigued by the way the story would be told. My... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Munich

I'm often interested in films depicting events that have happened in my lifetime. Yesterday I joined a rather sizeable Australia Day audience to watch Spielberg's Munich. Before seeing the movie I was already aware of the large amount of commentary it has generated. I endeavoured to put all the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Memoirs of a Geisha

I read the book a long time ago. I'd forgotten the sad quality to the story and I'm not sure if the movie ending is the same as the book ending. Maybe someone can let me know if it is. The movie certainly seemed to evoke the right emotional tone, commencing the the dark night when two daughters were... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

I seem to recall reading at least some of the Narnia books when I was young. C.S. Lewis is a novel and engaging author and I was interested in seeing one of his stories translated onto the big screen. Some of the children did a great job with their characters, notably the little girl who is quite... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 2, 2006

Good Night and Good Luck

This is a timely movie based in the McCarthy era when the mere insinuation that a person was a communist automatically lead to social rejection and the destruction of careers. This movie is about the powerful influence that investigative journalism can have in bringing injustice to public attention.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 9, 2005

The Brothers Grimm

This is an example of what seems to me to be a new genre of film that has been produced in recent years. Historical figures are mixed with fictional characters and thrown into vast and often magical circumstances. In this case we have the most famous writers of fairytales, the brothers Grimm, who... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 3, 2005

The Constant Gardener

It's been a while since there's been a movie based on a John Le Carre novel. This is an interesting and intelligent movie about a man who is plunged into the mystery of his wife's passionate life after she has been murdered. Ralph Fiennes plays the central character in a magnificently understated... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Everything is Illuminated (Recent Release)

A couple of months ago I read Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It was a beautiful, quirky book filled with eccentric characters. The central story of that novel was a boy's journey, through New York, trying to unravel clues about his father who died in the World... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Bee Season

Bee Season is a beautiful movie. The relationships of the characters are explored with a light and subtle touch. It is a story about a family that, at one level, seems quite warm but as the film progresses tensions are gradually uncovered. Richard Gere plays Saul Naumann, a professor of religious... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Flightplan (Recent Release)

I’m not entirely sure why this movie failed to engage me. The basic elements of the story were interesting. A child goes missing on a plane in flight, all the elements of post September 11 travel anxiety are in the air, there’s some question as to whether the mother is simply suffering from a state... Sign in to see full entry.

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