A Quiet Passion

The Film Professor weighs in again!  A Quiet Passion is the story of Emily Dickenson in her earlier days.  The Film Professor’s view of the movie is as follows:  “Emily Dickenson’s life told slowly, thoughtfully and impressively.  A challenging film.”  Enough said, go watch it!

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Cuba and the Cameraman

I have not yet seen this film, but will ASAP.  According to Netflix:  “Emmy-winning filmmaker Jon Alpert chronicles the fortunes of three Cuban families over the course of four tumultuous decades in the nation’s history.”  Knowing The Film Professor as I do, I’m betting this is a seemingly simple yet multifaceted and layered exercise in tracking history, both large and small.

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One of Us 

One of Us is a troubling and remarkable documentary about the life, in supposedly modern times, of the Hasidic Community in Brooklyn, New York.  Without giving away too much, see if you come away with any understanding, or perhaps better put, appreciation for the way in which the Hasidim choose to live…

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Departures 

This is a Japanese film, subtitled, and it is one of my favorite films ever. I will not even tell you what it is about (and, please, do not cheat and look it up) because even a basic subject matter description will give much away.

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As Good as it Gets

Honestly, I could watch Jack Nicholson in almost anything, but you put him in a comic role, with a remarkably well-written and incredibly snarky script, and, well, hang on….At a deeper level, this is a film about learning to handle everything from prejudice, to mental health challenges to homophobia, and…

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Serpico

I run the risk here of getting political. Watching the world today, literally and figuratively, I felt a need to see someone stand up for something….Based on a true story, Serpico tells the tale of a New York City policeman forced to deal with department wide corruption. We may each…

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Brokeback Mountain.

Another movie that fits my goals here. On the surface, this is a beautifully filmed Western. Ultimately, if, as The Film Professor likes to say, “you bring energy” to this movie, it will take you on a number of personal, powerful and at times incredibly challenging personal journeys. The acting…

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Mississippi Burning

This is a tough movie to watch; however, given what just took place in Virginia, this is precisely the type of movie people should watch. On the surface, Mississippi Burning is a detective movie starring Gene Hackman and William Dafoe, both of whom are terrific. Set in Mississippi (hence the…

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