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The Kid with a Bike REVIEW First of all, this movie needs a better title. Having said that, more people should watch it than probably will. It is not often that a child actor inhabits his (or her) character this convincingly. Cyril is about ten. He lives in a home... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Little Pink House REVIEW This movie illustrates to me the power of a movie to get a story into people’s consciousness and the limitations of a movie to get the *whole* story in there. The story focuses on the experience of a woman who owns a home along the river... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Humanity Bureau REVIEW “In the near future, after economic catastrophe and climate change came famine, the great migration and the civil war.” This is a movie starring (is that the right word for this actor these days?) Nicolas Cage that is marinated in anti-Trumpism. It is clear that the movie... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Back to Burgundy Review Back to Burgundy is a film about three siblings coming to terms with some unresolved childhood matters as adults. Their father has died and the three of them must make decisions about the family vineyard. But the story is more complex than that. It seems clear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Disobedience REVIEW This is a film marinated in the questions of honesty as they apply in highly conservative religious communities. Ronnit is the daughter of a great Rabbi. Alas, she is also gay. Esti is her first love and now the wife of Ronnit’s cousin Dovid - the heir apparent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Summer Interlude REVIEW Today’s movie was from the archives; Ingmar Bergman’s 1951 Summer Interlude a movie about the tragedy of losing a first great love in life. The film’s plot is not complicated and its characters, Marie and Henrik, are not complex. A young ballet dancer falls in love with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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American Folk REVIEW I am glad I did not listen to Roger Ebert on this one. This is such a lovely movie about how life can bring you into connection with strangers if you will be open to it. A young man and a young woman sit on a plane... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Art of Getting By and Some Kind of Wonderful REVIEW Sometimes a movie has to be considered in the context of another to be interesting enough for me to write about. The Art of Getting By may be one of them. The central character is a young man in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Winter’s Bone REVIEW Winter’s Bone is set in a sparse impoverished landscape of despair. People throughout the film seem to be losing their humanity one ethical principle at a time. One gathers that the community has come to the place where all morality is on the table besides kin loyalty.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Fill the Void REVIEW Fill the Void is one of many movies that you can find about how people go about selecting a partner in life. I suppose the ways that it is done and the reasons it is done for are endless in human history or maybe it all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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In Between (Bar Bahar) Reveiw “Don’t raise your voice. Men don’t like women who raise their voices.” These are the first lines of the movie, spoken by an older woman who is pulling the hair off some other woman’s legs. The film establishes the assertion of the first sentence as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Lunchbox REVIEW I did not realize it while I was watching it but this film is a subtle retelling of the well loved Tom Hanks – Meg Ryan classic You Got Mail – only set in India and sans internet. Through a providential mix-up, home-made lunches are delivered to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Life Without Lack REVIEW Thirty-Five years ago this month, I believe I met my life’s first and maybe only true “mystic.” I noted the day and the event in the journal I kept at the time. Ralph Waldo Emerson said once that “a good day was a day when we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Phantom Thread Review The film Phantom Thread presents us with the story of a marriage between two people who live out their relationship with tactics that most people use to fight wars. Reynolds Woodcock is rude, insufferably controlling, and narcissistic while she is soft, gentle, and yet ruthlessly intractable. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Queen of the Desert REVIEW Every once in a while, someone comes along who decides not to be cautious with the throttle when they live their life. Gertrude Bell deserves a place on this list. The movie portrays her as unwilling to settle for anything less than a life of... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Sons REVIEW Pearl Buck’s novel, Sons continues the story of Wang Lung’s legacy into a second generation. Each of Wang Lung’s three sons follows a different path from the one that their father hoped they would. The oldest becomes a landlord, collecting money off the rents from his father’s vast... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Nature of Prejudice REVIEW Prejudice: a feeling, favorable or unfavorable, towards a person or thing prior to, or not based on actual experience. Gordon Allport graduated from Harvard in 1919 and went off to spend a year teaching at Robert College in Istanbul. Robert College, it may be worth... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Insult REVIEW “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Varina REVIEW Charles Frazier's Varina is a reminder to me that a southern author can be critical of his region's role in promoting slavery without necessarily thinking that the Northern cause was awhole lot better. to be sure, Frazier is unsparing in his condemnation of slavery as a system in... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Protestants Abroad REVIEW “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain’s answer to God in Genesis “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” – Oliver Cromwell David Hollinger’s book is subtitled “How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America.” The thesis of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Nostalgia REVIEW I should be frank. This movie is melancholy incarnate. Its title is Nostalgia but its central theme is a Portuguese word, “saudade” – a word similar to nostalgia but – lonlier. A character in the film describes it as “a melancholy nostalgia for something that perhaps hasn’t happened.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Remembrance REVIEW Imagine you are walking down a street and you notice a man standing next to a car as a bus pulls up. People get off the bus as the man watches. The last person off the bus is a woman. She comes from behind the bus with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Deep Blue Sea REVIEW Deep Blue Sea 2 is basically Deep Blue Sea 1 with the introduction of two variants. In the first installment the “evil” pharmaceutical company executive with all the money was on a mission to cure Alzheimer’s by modifying shark brains. In the second installment, the evil... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Strange Weather and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri REVIEW Not everything that I watch is recommendable. I mention these two recently watched movies because they happened to share a similar theme. In both films, intense mothers desire to know the causes of their children’s deaths. One is left asking as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Good Earth REVEIW Perfection. Perfection. There are lots of different ways to think about it and thus, humans have been thinking about it for a long time. Its right there in the first story, and you don’t have to look very far. Take a moment and consider the description... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader