"The Lovely Bones," "New Moon," "Nine," "Whip It," "Avatar." These are just some of the movies that will be coming to a theatre near you this fall. As most moviegoers know, fall is the season Hollywood trots out its "serious" films, those they hope Academy members will want to vote for come Oscar nominating time in January.
In many of Hayao Miyazaki's anime masterpieces, water waves, ripples and eddies provide a fascinating back-canvas to his hand-drawn cel animation. It stands to reason then, that he'd eventually create a film about the ocean. In his recent animated feature, "Ponyo," breath-taking visuals of undulating jellyfish and prehistoric undersea creatures accompany an eco-friendly story about a goldfish who wants to become a walking, talking, real live girl.
Every year I plan to go to the Bicycle Film Festival -- the ever-bigger touring bike fest that brings together film, art, fun, games, parties, and of course, two-wheeling enthusiasts in cities around the world. The 2009 tour's hitting 39 cities, from Austin to Los Angeles to Zurich!
Women's Film Institute (WFI) presents the 1st Annual WFI Shorts Tour.
Out of 300 inspiring entries, 11 films were selected to be premiered.
The diverse selection of shorts at the tour celebrates the exceptional
contributions of women in the world of cinema and represents a
convergence of films from around the globe, including the U.S., Italy,
France and China.
Where are the female coming of age stories? Judd Apatow has another movie coming out, and its sure to be funny, and poignant and sucessful. However, it begs the question, where are the female wunderkind directors who are creating narratives for women? In literature, I can think of The Member of the Wedding, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Bell Jar. There aren't many, but they are there.
In honor of this Memorial Day I'm taking a look at a few of my favorite war movies -- though to be perfectly frank with you at the outset, I've really never been a big fan of the War & Military genre of film, generally speaking. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love nothing more than watching stuff blow up... provided it's a Romulan spacecraft or a Transformer or some other creature similarly othered into something inhuman. I like to keep my enjoyment of stuff blowing up far, far away from this tender and easily triggered little thing I have permanently installed in my skullcase called human empathy, which I find nearly impossible to turn off. And let's face it: however grand the pyrotechnics, recognizing one's own humanity in something blowing up is, well, kind of a killjoy. How can I ENJOY the explosions and blossoming fireballs if I have to FEEL things? BAH! Stupid feelings!
While it's certainly true that I may never be the best mom in the world (despite what a certain coffee mug I've been given might lead you believe), I'm fairly confident that I'm far from the worst. And why am I so confident, you ask? Well, because TV and movies told me so, of course!
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