"56 Up", "A Hijacking", "Happy People: a Year in Taiga", "Mold, "NO", "Still Mine", "Stolen Seas", "The Gatekeepers", Studio Theatre
Thanks to the D.C. Cinema Club, I continue to see films that I might otherwise miss.
Here are a few more to consider, along with a play I hope will be reproduced around the country.
Still Mine **** 1/2
Did you see Amour?
Well there’s another film along the same lines. We saw it recently in our Sunday Cinema Club, and my suggestion is to put it on your ‘to see’ list for when it is released later in the year.
This Canadian film is ‘based’ on a true story, though I have not sought to find out how much truth there is here.
But it doesn’t really matter. It is another film about an aging couple, another story of how these two individuals struggle with what life brings them in their 80s, but this one is a bit more uplifting than was Amour.
And the more I think about Still Mine, the more I like it.
A Hijacking ****
Another Cinema Club film that will be released later this year.
This one is a Danish film about a cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates. The story follows the negotiations between the shipping company and the hired Somali negotiator over the amount of ransom to be payed.
While it is fiction, it tracks quite closely to a documentary I saw earlier this year, Stolen Seas.
If you’ve ever wondered how a few ‘pirates’ can take over a large, cargo ship and what happens thereafter, then either of these two films, A Hijacking or Stolen Seas, will answer your questions. I ‘enjoyed’ both.
Mold, a play
On a recent trip to New Orleans, I was fortunate to see John Biguenet’s play about New Orleans, a year after Katrina. The third of a trilogy on the topic, Mold focuses on four people who were born in New Orleans and who each were deeply affected by the flooding that followed the hurricane.
Whether you experienced the hurricane and its aftermath, whether you simply are interested in how the people of New Orleans were affected, or, if you have experienced a different disaster (e.g., Sandy), this play will grab you and will stay with you.
I will not describe it further so as not to spoil it if you get the chance to see it. It has had a limited engagement in New Orleans and may have future productions outside of that city. I certainly hope it does. Studio Theatre, are you listening?
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Also, in case you missed an earlier post, check out Four Small Films Not to Miss, mini-reviewed earlier: No, The Gatekeepers, 56 & Up, & Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. I gave all of these films ratings of four or above.
Nancy Cedar Wilson said:
I’ve been an avid follower of the “7 Up” Series–thought it offered a marvelous overview of several different classes of British citizens, as well as learning about their psyches—eve tho they were not terribly anxious to share their inner feelings on the whole–It was affirming in the positive aspect of gaining wisdom as we grow older–and somehow more comfortable with the compromises life instills upon us–Would love to join a discussion group around this series–
I’ll be glad to host a dinner and discussion of the “7 Up” series if there are a handful of people interested. Let me know.
janet brownsister said:
Let’s go find Sammy and take him to this film!
If he could sit through he would have seen a lot of himself.
We loved it!