The Queen of Versailles

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Although its title is attractive enough, this 2012 documentary by Lauren Greenfield could also have been called "Back To Reality." Jacqueline and David Siegel are wealthy Floridians who are parents to eight children. She is 43 years old, he is 74. They both come from middle class backgrounds. David is the founder and owner of … Continue reading The Queen of Versailles

Restoration

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Eleven years after Cromwell's puritan rule, in 1660's London, Charles II is restored as the King of England. Doctor Robert Merivel (Robert Downey Jr.) is a very busy and frustrated physician. He is also a man who spends his nights and money in parties and prostitutes. Nevertheless, he is not happy. John Pearce (David Thewlis), … Continue reading Restoration

The Godfather Trilogy

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Even when these three films are categorized by many as just a great gangster saga, they are more than just that. They are about the disintegration and tragedy of an immigrant Italian family. Director Francis Ford Coppola, with a remarkable cast, recreates the story of Michael Corleone and his family from the Mario Puzo's novel. … Continue reading The Godfather Trilogy

Jeremiah Johnson

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Directed by Sidney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, this film is one of the few outstanding westerns made in the 1970's (1972). It's about courage, persistence, ingenuity and compared to others of the same genre, it's also refreshing to watch. Pollack did a very good job creating a more believable hero here while adding one … Continue reading Jeremiah Johnson

Alexander

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The Revisited 2007 version of this film is, in my opinion, one of the most underappreciated in movie history. Maybe because of its controversial director (Oliver Stone) or because of its frank and open sexuality shown at the time, this final cut, released after the theatrical version, hasn't been as widely accepted as Braveheart for … Continue reading Alexander

Grave of the Fireflies

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In September 21, 1945, Seita (voiced by Robert Spencer), a Japanese adolescent begins remembering from the afterlife how he and his little sister Setsuko (Corinne Orr) tried to survive, both the bombing of their town by American planes and its aftermath. After the Empire of Japan surrendered, the protagonists faced hunger, illness, and the cold … Continue reading Grave of the Fireflies

Thanks for Sharing

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Here's a story about addiction and the fragile process of recovery. Most people would relate those words with drugs and alcohol. In this case, it's about sexual addiction. Although questioned and doubted to be a "real" addiction, sexual compulsion has become a common, stigmatized, and unconventional behavior. Director Stuart Blumberg takes us through the routines … Continue reading Thanks for Sharing

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

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Frank (Richard Harris) is a lonely 75-year old retired sea captain living in Florida. Sitting on a bench park, he tries to start a conversation with another senior sitting across from him, but the fellow is immersed in solving a crossword puzzle and pays no attention to his small talk. Frank has stories to share, … Continue reading Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

Before Night Falls

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Based on poet Reinaldo Arenas' autobiography, this 2000 film by director Julian Schnabel exposes what it was like for a homosexual dissident writer to live under political persecution in Cuba two decades after Fidel Castro took power. His most known phrase referred to the fact that under Communism "they kick your ass and expect you … Continue reading Before Night Falls

Pawn Sacrifice

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Regina Fischer (Robin Weigert), a Russian Jew emigre raising her two children by herself in Brooklyn, New York, and her anti-establishment acquaintances are being watched. Bobby, her son, is growing up in this environment, but his refuge and passion is the game of chess. He's so good at chess that soon, he begins to play … Continue reading Pawn Sacrifice