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Recent Film Adventures

20 Feb

I haven’t made a post about movies in a while, so I guess I’ll fill you in on a couple of movies I’ve watched and enjoyed recently.

Network (1976)

If you’ve never seen this movie, I suggest you watch it. An amazing film in a number of ways, Network contains an important warning about the coming evolution  (or perhaps devolution) of the human condition. I find this movie highly relevant to the times we live in now, a time when children grow up with iPads for windows (no pun intended) and with Facebook for social interaction.

Besides the message it brings, the plot, direction, and acting are all top notch. Faye Dunaway never fails to impress. Here’s a scene from the movie that I particularly liked. If you’ve seen the movie, there’s no way you wouldn’t remember this scene.

O Brother! Where Art Thou (2000)

A perfectly casted trio of miscreants (Clooney, Turturro, Nelson) makes a journey across a land filled with as much danger and excitement as the seas of Odysseus’s adventures, but with a little more southern hospitality. A charming and extremely enjoyable reimagining of Homer’s The Odyssey set in the deep south of the 1920’s, O Brother! Where Art Thou is just one of those movies that you just can’t help but like.

Swingers (1996)

A sort of growing-up comedy about looking forward and letting go, Swingers offers a satisfying blend of light-hearted comedy and internal reflection. As this was his breakthrough role, a young Vince Vaughn offers a little less of the raunch he’s known for, which makes him come across as more authentic and earnest. I recommend this movie for those times when you just need a satisfying chuckle about life and its misadventures.

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Movies

 

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