Week eight's category is arguably the biggest and hardest to define of all the genres: Drama.
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
You'll have a lot of laughs.....before you cry.
Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some of the staff, and they support him when he goes to trial to be allowed to die.
Years before Dr. Jack Kavorkian made headlines with his assisted suicide machine there was "Whose Life is It Anyway?," a bold film that makes a lot of the same arguments for euthanasia that were later raised by the so-called Dr. Death. The screenplay is extremely intelligent, carefully making a case for both sides of the issue while maintaining entertaining albeit emotionally draining picture.
There is conflict over Richard Dreyfuss' controversial decision to fight for his right to die on his own terms, but there really are no traditional good guys or bad guys here.
Dreyfuss gives one of the best performances of his career. Playing the funny guy comes naturally to the actor, but the real power in his performance…
Really effective portrayal of the need to connect to patients as human beings and
physicians's difficulty doing so.
A perfectly decent film, not great, but decent.
I'm creating a video montage of all Jeffrey Combs' death scenes, as the guy dies A LOT in his films.…