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SOME of My Favorite Films – How They Live Perpetually in My Heart and Take Me Away

August 13, 2017
 Films     –    How They Live Perpetually in My Heart and Take Me Away
Favorites of All Time:  The Prince and the Pauper, Lawrence of Arabia, The Name of the Rose, Romeo and Juliet, The Book of Eli, Iliad and the Odyssey,  Grendel and Beowulf, Canterberries Tales, Rhapsody in August, 7 Samurai,  Invictus, Gandhi, The King, All the Mornings of the World, An Unfinished Life, Legends of the Fall, Proof, Amistad, As Good as It Gets, West Side Story, The Hobbit, Le Petite Prince, Walking With Dinosaurs, Appleby Capple, Floating Island, The Phantom Tollbooth, A Prince of Tides, Temple Grandin, All About My Mother, Don’t Come Knocking, Hours, Beauty and the Beast, Barabas, Incendies, Philadelphia, Look Homeward Angel, The Notebook, Weapons of the Spirit, Patch Adams, The Kingfisher, Rainmaker, Midnight Cowboy, ………….
“The Debaters”  true story regarding a college in Texas in 1933’s  Denzel
 
Ernest J. Gaines Books about the Quarter in Louisiana, “Gathering of Old Men.”  Lou Gossett Jr.  stars among others
 
He also made the film, “The Sky Is Grey”  and the beautiful story of Cicely Tyson, ” The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”  
 
“The All American” about a student who played football from Wheat Ridge High School  –  1966’s  then played on the championship team of TSU:  and is permanently on the wall of the stadium.  The  Coach narrates the account of his all American.
 
I sent before:  
“All the Mornings of the World”  French based on an actual life of a degamba violist named Saint Colombe told by his prodigy Marin who captured all of his compositions, Tous Les Matins de Monde.  Pardieux played principle role of Marin 
 
 
“King of Masks”  Chinese film with cultural story of a street performer who takes in a girl who he thinks is a boy named Doogie.
 
“Central Station” regarding a kid on the streets who has never performed before with one of the most established Brazilian actresses.  
 
“Departures”  Japanese stringed instrument cellist  –  about his experience as an embalmer  music is breath taking story about a father reuniting with his son is beyond words
 
 
“I Loved You So Long,”  French  deeply troubling story of loss and heroic challenges
 
“The Magdalene Sisters,”  There are a few other documentaries this one uses the real people involved in the obsessive domination of young women and their off spring, which continued long into the 1960’s in America, Ireland, Britain and the rest of the British Isles.  2002 I attended the opening.
 
 
 
“The Crossing,”  Left off if you enjoy comedy and tragedy of Mexican borders  –  two entry level film makers made this classic of reuniting father who leaves to earn a living in Texas. 
 
If you enjoy chess this story of French woman who learns to play and becomes a champion grabs me,  “Queen to Play,” or Jueguese  made in 2009.
 
“Solas,”  Spanish  film made about a family especially the young woman who renews her life through a neighbor small town in rural Spain.
 
 
The works of Pedro Almodovar especially,  “All About My Mother,”  is a gripping tale of sexual freedom and exploitation around a death of a woman’s son.  Actresses in this include some great ones  Penelope Cruz is in the film but not the best of them.
 
“Don’t Come Knocking”  all of the work of Wim Wenders  German film maker  Paris, TexasMillion Dollar Hotel  there are so many more exceptional films. Again this one is about a father who finally realizes what he has been missing in his estranged relationship to everything especially his daughter and son – Jessica Lange is his ex-lover. and the famous actor Sam Shepherd, who just died is the protagonist.  He is in a lot of Wenders’ films.
 
 
My heart tugs for families, child actors, and dads who have lost their way – I also love heroic stories like the story of “Grendel and Beowulf,”  that goes back to the beginning of archetypes of savagery about beings who are not like us.
 
speaking of which, “
THE BOOK OF ELI  –  Mila Kunis and Denzel Washington  HEROIC  TALE

Thirty years after a nuclear apocalypse,[5] Eli (Denzel Washington) travels on foot toward the west coast of the former United States. Along the way he demonstrates uncanny survival and fighting skills, hunting wildlife and swiftly defeating a group of desert bandits who try to ambush him. Searching for water, he arrives in a ramshackle town rebuilt and overseen by Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie dreams of building more towns and of controlling the people by using the power of a certain book. His henchmen scour the desolate landscape daily in search of it, but to no avail.

In town he barters with a store owner, the Engineer (Tom Waits), to recharge the battery of his portable music player. While waiting, he goes across the street to the town bar, where a gang of bikers attack, but he quickly kills them all. Realizing Eli is a literate man like himself, Carnegie asks Eli to stay, making it clear that the offer is non-negotiable. After Carnegie’s blind mistress Claudia (Jennifer Beals) gives Eli some food and water, Carnegie orders Claudia’s daughter Solara (Mila Kunis) to seduce Eli, but he turns her down. While killing time, she finds his book. Unperturbed, Eli offers to share his food with her, and before they eat, he says grace. The following day, Solara repeats the prayer, but Carnegie overhears them and realizes Solara’s words relate to the book he has been seeking. He soon forces Solara to tell him if Eli was reading a book, and realizes Eli’s book is the one he wants—a Bible.

Eli sneaks out of his room and Carnegie has his henchmen shoot at Eli, but the bullets seemingly just graze him, as if he is being protected. Eli shoots most of Carnegie’s men and hits Carnegie in the leg with a shotgun blast. Solara, having left the town, leads Eli to a cave which is the town’s water supply, hoping she can accompany him on his travels. Eli traps her inside and continues on alone. Solara escapes and soon finds herself ambushed by two bandits who attempt to rape her, but Eli reappears and kills them. As they continue on, Eli explains his mission to Solara. According to Eli, his book is the last remaining copy of the Bible, as all other copies were intentionally destroyed following the nuclear war thirty years ago. He says he was led to the book by a voice in his head, which then directed him to travel westward to a place where it would be safe. The voice assured him that he would be protected and guided on his journey.

Eventually, Eli and Solara investigate an isolated house. They fall into a trap, but manage to allay the suspicions of the residents, George (Michael Gambon) and Martha (Frances de la Tour), who invite them in for tea. When Eli realizes that the couple are cannibals, they attempt to leave just as Carnegie and his henchmen arrive. In the ensuing shootout, George, Martha and many of Carnegie’s men are killed. Eli and Solara are captured. When Carnegie threatens to kill Solara, Eli surrenders the Bible, but Carnegie shoots him, and leaves him for dead. Solara escapes and drives back to help Eli. Rather than chase her, Carnegie returns to the town, since his sole remaining vehicle is running low on fuel. Solara finds Eli, and they drive until they reach the Golden Gate Bridge, and then row to Alcatraz Island, where they find a group intent on preserving what they can of literature and music. Eli tells the guards that he has a copy of the King James Version of the Bible. Once inside, Eli, revealed to be blind, begins to dictate the Bible from memory to Lombardi (Malcolm McDowell), the leader of the group.[6][5]

Meanwhile, back in the town, the Engineer opens the locked Bible where Carnegie discovers, to his dismay, that it is in Braille, and orders Claudia to read it to him. She pretends that she cannot remember how to read it, telling Carnegie his leg wound has become infected and his men have begun to run amok. At the sanctuary, Eli has died, but not before he finished reciting the entire book. The printing press at Alcatraz begins producing copies of the Bible, and Lombardi places one on a bookshelf between the Torah and Tanakh on one side and the Quran on the other. Solara, though offered sanctuary, chooses to return home, taking with her Eli’s sword and other possessions.

apocalypto 

​made in 2009​
“Apocalyto,” of the rising empire of the Mayans is a dramatic and twisted story of subjugation.  When we see in our frailities in the primordial nature of our way of life that all cultures have been plagued and marked by extreme violence, slavery, domination, rape and torture we begin to realize that deep within our nature is beastiality that has never been quelled or resolved.
 
There are many others that cover the spectrum of human relations to the other, nature, to the unknown, to a world beyond that causes us to fear and keep to ourselves.  I love this tension between what is best for me and what is purely virulent and unchecked condemnation of anything different.
 
That is what I love about films like, “The Amistad,”  a true account of people being thwarted in their efforts to sustain their culture and way of life with extreme abuse and disdain for life.
films left off the list:
Prince of Tides
Nuts
True Grit
Invictus
Godwill Hunting
As Good as It Gets
One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest
Finding Forester
Legends of the Fall
The Magic of Belle Island
Along Came a Spider
The World’s Fastest Indian
THE NAME OF THE ROSE
Medicine Man
The Red Balloon
On the Waterfront
The Shining
Citizen Kane
Gladiator
Of Wine and Roses
Flight
Beyond the Sea
Shoah
Life Is Beautiful
Philadelphia
RHAPSODY IN AUGUST
INCENDIES
THE KING
THE NOTEBOOK
THE COLOR PURPLE
NOTHING BUT A MAN
LAS MISERABLES
THE GENERAL
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
AN UNFINISHED LIFE
THE RAINMAKER
MANDELA
CINEMA PARADISIO
SEVEN SAMAURI
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
HOURS
DR ZHIVAGO\
THE ENGLISH PATIENT
THE RED VIOLIN
THE PIANO
SCHINDLER’s LIST
GANDHI
WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
SOPHIE’s CHOICE
LOVE ACTUALLY
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
CASABLANCA
MIDNIGHT COWBOY
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER
JULES AND JIM
400 BLOWS
SLINGBLADE
A STRET CAR NAMED DESIRE
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
12 YEARS A SLAVE
SELMA
WONDER WOMAN
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
IT FOLLOWS
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
HIGH NOON
Deer Hunter
MODERN TIMES
4 EYES
The Third Man
The Unforgiven
Battleship Potemkin
Incredible Lightness of Being
81/2
Bicycle Thieves
West Side Story
Wizard of Oz
Hoop Dreams
Bowling for Columbine
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