Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia is about as Oscar-bait-y as they come, but this is one case where the subject matter seems to match the film's self-seriousness. Demme's film has the courage to explore the effects of the AIDS epidemic on those afflicted with the disease, and it does so at a time when AIDS was still taboo. The film has histrionic court scenes aplenty, as well as scenes showing the Hanks characters physical collapse as his disease progresses. However, the most moving scenes were the quiet, domestic scenes with Hanks and his family.
I found Bamako to be a fairly insipid film trying too hard to be Important. Sissako is at his best when patiently observing the quotidian details of life, not making passionate speeches about neo-colonialism. For a much more interesting tale on the same subject, I would reference Sembene's Xala.
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VERY heavy spoilers.
I watched Enemy, and I liked it well enough, but I found that I was more taken by it as a puzzle rather than a movie. In the spirit of this, I will try to describe the meaning of the film in lieu of a conventional review. Here goes nothing.
Adam and Anthony are not distinct people; neither are they twins, conjoined or otherwise; they are in fact the same person. This is hinted at…
When it comes to Charlie Chaplin, the thing that has always impressed me above all else is his ability to take simple sight gags and make them carry thematic resonance to the rest of the narrative. For instance, there is a scene here where The Tramp is waiting in line for a job. He keeps trying to make his way to the counter where the jobs are dispensed. Again and again, the burlier men muscle him out of the way,…