Check In: Boyhood (2014) Boyhood. And motherhood, fatherhood & sisterhood. Gimmicks aside (& it is easy to forget these are the same actors seen through the years) this is a deeply felt movie about a single mother & itinerant father raising their children as they circulate through stepfathers, cities & friends. We focus on the boy
Check In: Almost Famous (2000) Rosy eyed look at how the young & starry eyed get played by the cynical. Crowe asks the right questions, but jumps out of the car before the cliff on this game of chicken. So the movie meanders like a fading solo to a dismal plonk of the guitar string. The
Check In: Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983) Darkly funny & absurdist Georgian satire in the waining days of the USSR, where the party headquarters in Tbilisi is threatened by some mysterious forces. It isn’t the poltergeist but something more insidious- rampant bureaucratism & group think that is causing serious cracks to appear in the party
Check In: Enemy of the State (1998) A movie watched at its initial release in India in the late 90s, a second viewing was due in equal parts to its availability on BluRay at the local library as well as the fond memories of it being a thoughtful anti-government actioner without the usual Tony Scott headache
Check In: To the Wonder (2012) Exasperating and beautiful, opaque and mystical, shimmering and wispy- in other words typical late career Malick. Kurylenko twirls, Afleck broods, people get angry, she has a fling, he walks through mud. No one talks much. And then its over. http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/title/tt1595656/
From the classifieds section of the June 1993 issue of Cable Guide that I found at our local library. I miss VCRs & analog & scratches & tangled tape stuck in VCRs.
Check In: Airport (1970) Very solid & realistic story, based on Alex Haley’s bestseller, about the operations of a major Chicago area airport. The characters are believable, in the manner of that era, & with many famous faces & a pre-9/11 security apparatus, there is both nostalgia & archival interest. http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/title/tt0065377/