The Fog of War

OR ELEVEN LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ROBERT McNAMARA This documentary made in 2003 traces the life of a troubled man. With mixed feelings of regret, guilt, and urgency to publicly confess, yet restraining his political opinions, the once called architect of the Vietnam War, Robert S. (the middle initial stands for Strange) McNamara, tells … Continue reading The Fog of War

Priceless Simpsons

Since they first appeared on our TVs on December 1989, The Simpsons have stretched their irreverent comedy conquering viewers all over the world for now three decades. At that time, religious zealots (including myself) saw the show as just another threat to American family values. These yellow characters were far from the ones we've come … Continue reading Priceless Simpsons

Philomena

Philomena (Judi Dench) has been carrying a painful memory for almost fifty years. When she was just a teenager, her father, ashamed of her pregnancy, sent her to an abbey run by nuns for young single mothers. There, without her consent, her son was given up for adoption and she lost contact with him. After … Continue reading Philomena

My Family

Paco (Edward James Olmos) begins to tell us the story of his family from the time when his father Jose Sanchez (Jacob Vargas) still lived in a remote village in Mexico. Mixing a little urban folklore with some exaggerated tales, Paco narrates some key events in the lives of his mostly dysfunctional relatives. His story … Continue reading My Family

The Lost Son of Havana

In 1961, Fidel Castro's government prohibited professional sports from being payed in Cuba. At that time, a young Luis Tiant was the most promising baseball player on the island. He was playing in Mexico when he got the news and decided not to go back to Cuba but pursue a career in the American Baseball … Continue reading The Lost Son of Havana

Life of Brian

Around the same time when Jesus is born, another baby is sleeping nearby. His name is Brian Cohen. The Three Wise Men mistakenly visit and offer him their gifts, but once they hear his mother speak, they realize they're in the wrong house. So, they pick up the gifts and go out to find the … Continue reading Life of Brian

Selma

Director Ava Duvernay brings us the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his collaborators during a specific period in the civil rights struggle. Never told before on film and with an extraordinary cast, the movie's theme is as relevant today as in the 1960s. David Oyelowo takes the difficult role of playing Dr. … Continue reading Selma

Mousehunt

"A world without string is chaos." That was late Rudolf Smunz"s motto. His sons, Ernie (Nathan Lane) and Lars (Lee Evans) have inherited his ancient string factory and an old house whose prior tenant was found suspiciously locked in a trunk in the attic. They don't pay any attention to that. All they care about … Continue reading Mousehunt

Cromwell

This 1970 film, skillfully written and directed by Ken Hughes and starring Richard Harris and Alec Guinness in the principal roles, is a complex historical subject rarely depicted in movies and made clearly detailed for the audience. It's the year 1640. In Cambridge, England, Oliver Cromwell (Richard Harris), a deeply religious Puritan member of Parliament, … Continue reading Cromwell

My Oscars

Before I begin with my movie recommendations, I want to use this opportunity to write something about the upcoming Oscar Awards. Although for many years I've enjoyed this celebration of movies, I've also endured Sunday nights of frustration watching how the Best Movie awards are given away to films of no relevance whatsoever. Sure, entertainment … Continue reading My Oscars