Ever since I met my mother-in-law some sixteen plus years ago, she’s lived on a boat. She and her husband, and up until recently their cat, have called their boat home as they’ve spent some years now sailing the Caribbean and even attempted a world voyage. It’s not a lifestyle for everyone, but those who do venture into this world become part of a sailing community. It’s a community where you are welcomed no matter what port you enter as you make fast acquaintances since everyone can relate to your struggles with your boat, equipment, and sailing adventures.
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Audiences tend to think of Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre from Casino Royale as James Bond or Hannibal on television. People don’t realize that he is very successful foreign film actor that garners awards and nominations with his performances in movies. The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg is driven by Mads Mikkelsen’s performance as a Lucas, teacher, falsely accused.
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I love films that inspire discussion, debate, contemplation…films that give you something to chew on. Anyone that has seen A Field in England knows full well that if there’s only one thing that this film clearly provides, it’s a chance for discussion about what the hell it was that you just saw. Outside of that, there’s really not a whole lot to easily grasp, but before I delve into some of that, let’s begin as close as possible to the beginning of the story as we can, shall we?
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Upstream Color will make you feel like you are having a dream. Its scenes are sound-tracked with haunting ambient music instead of dialogue, it contains no exposition, and its most dramatic, climactic moment is a scene in which one person looks up from a table to make eye contact with another person. It is a movie that will make you feel like you are floating, and it does all this despite being a science fiction movie about a mad scientist, a mysterious creature, telepathy, and experiments on pigs. It’s an amazing achievement of storytelling and acting, if you can find a quiet place to watch it in the dark for about an hour and half, I guarantee you will be left with your mind racing.
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The Selfish Giant is based on a story by Oscar Wilde. It follows two young English boys, Arbor and Swifty, as they deal with the everyday minutiae of growing up impoverished in an industrial town with little hope for a brighter future. Arbor has some serious behavioral issues. He’s on medication for his condition only when he can keep the meds out of the hands of his pill popping brother or when the school provides it for him. Swifty comes from a notoriously poor home and is ridiculed relentlessly over his family’s destitute social standing.
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Thank You for giving me an opportunity to revisit not only one of my favorite Lost Weekend films, but one that became one of my favorite movies of all time. Broken Circle Breakdown was literally the first film shown at our first Lost Weekend. It wrecked me, made me cry, made me think about it the entire following day, no three days, made me go buy the soundtrack, listen to it incessantly…saying this film had a profound impact on me is a vast understatement.
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