PICK OF THE WEEK
This movie from first time Director Steve McQueen looks pretty intense. Bobby Sands and several other detained Irish Republican Army members in the early 1980s were determined to live in a Northern Ireland free from British rule. In prison, Sands and other IRA members at first protest by refusing to wear the standard prison garb, but soon, they take their protest dangerously further. Critics are saying Hunger
is unflinching, uncompromising, vivid and vital. Sounds like my kind of movie.
FOREIGN FILM OF THE WEEK
Foreign films are cool because they give you a taste of different cultures. Federico Fellini's Amacord
examines life in a small Adriatic village just before Mussolini's reign in the 1930s. As the weather changes and spring arrives, the village holds a festival in which it burns a symbolic bonfire and celebrates new life. Each time the community assembles, its colorful members show themselves in full force, boasting their bizarre, disjointed personalities--and pure mischief is the result. The beautiful clashes with the grotesque and politics and family matters blend together while sex is offset by violence in the inimitable style of Italy's late master of cinema, whose tour de force won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
THE MOVIE TO WATCH IF YOU NEED SOME DRAMA
This looks like an interesting historical movie about a former President Nixon and a British interviewer, Frost. It's a battle of wits as they both are drama queens and try to outwit each other. Frost/Nixon
not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed... all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion. Critics are saying that the Ron Howard film is a winner.
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