Monthly Archives: April 2016

Visting documentaries

Two documentaries of note are in our visiting DVD set.  The “Art of Killing” (2013) is about members of the death squads that suppressed the Indonesian revolution of 1965.  Now in old age, the film explores their mind set and the … Continue reading

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Two fantastic fantasies

In “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) and daredevil pilot Joe Sullivan (Jude Law) confront the dread Dr. Totenkopf, whose sinister plan to remake the world must be stopped. The combination of a tricky … Continue reading

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2 Foreign Film Classics

“ Howards End” (1992) is a British romantic drama film based upon E. M. Foster’s novel about class relations and social mores, as told through the intertwined fates of three families, the wealthy Wilcoxes,  the genteel Schlegel sisters, and the … Continue reading

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Neo-classic noir: Chinatown

“Chinatown” is a Raymond Chandler-style mystery  with a hint of post-Watergate cynicism.  Lone wolf PI Jake Gittes is more  cynical than Philip Marlowe, but still is a man of integrity swimming in a sea of corruption.  Gittes is hired by … Continue reading

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