Frank Robert Capra was a Sicilian-born American film director. He immigrated to the U.S. when he was six, and eventually became a creative force behind major award-winning films during the 1930′s and 1940′s. His rags-to-riches story has made many think of him as the “American Dream Personified.” He worked his way through college, then enlisted in the Army, but was sent home after contracting the Spanish flu. While out of work he saw an ad for work in the film industry. He eventually did everything..property man, film cutter, title writer and assistant director. As a director he won 3 Best Director Oscars. It Happened One Night (1934) was the first film to win all of the 5 top Oscars. His feelings about his work, “My films must let every man, woman, and child know that God loves them, that I love them, and that peace and salvation will become a reality only when they all learn to love each other.” He died December 19, 2007
May 15, 2013 marks the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival. This premier international film festival is located in Cannes, France. Here actors, actresses, directors and producers from all over the world meet to introduce new films. Jean Zay, Minister of Education and Fine Arts was interested in developing a film festival with an international scope. The first festival was held in 1939. Since then it has gained in reputation with the advent of famous stars appearances. The first film being presented this year is The Great Gatsby.
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid / Hauser (Colin Farrel), plagued by nightmares of being chased and hunted, yearns to escape his humdrum existence to a more exciting life, at least in memory, and goes to an organization called Rekall to have other, more interesting memories, chemically implanted into his brain. His wife Lori Quaid (Kate Beckinsale) turns out to be a government secret agent assigned to keep tabs on Douglas, who is suspected to be an agent of the resistance. After several daring elusions from robo-cops, he is saved by Melina (Jessica Biel) who, as a girlfriend, knew Douglas as Hauser, a man who supposedly has somewhere in memory the deactivation code for all robo-cops. Everything is not what it seems, is Douglas living his nightmare or is he merely recalling implanted memories, or both? The code is sought by the leader of the resistance so that the army of robo-cops can be deactivated and foil Cohaagen,s (Brian Hanston) plan to crush the rebellious Colony (Australia). Among interesting features of the film are: The Fall, a tube from Britain to Australia which provides fast, gravity powered transportation, a transparent mask which can change a person’s appearance, and a plethora of maglev powered vehicles. 3 Stars.
Warning this post may contain spoilers! Over the Thanksgiving holiday I went to see the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I was curious to see how they were going to show Bella’s transformation into a vampire. After reading all the books in the series, I knew that this last book was the most controversial. I have also seen all of the movies, though I never went to the theater until now. The movie is rated PG-13 and I think that it is an appropriate rating for what was shown, especially the birth scene. If you’re a Twilight fan, you will love this next installment of the movie. If you’re not then you are in for a long movie, if you cannot suspend belief.
I’ve enjoyed reading Lisa See’s books, especially Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. So when I heard that they were making a movie of the book I was really excited. I just saw this movie and it was not what I expected. The director added a modern part to the movie that parallels Snow Flower and Lily’s relationship. It was confusing at times because of that. I think people who have not read the book first will enjoy the movie more than those who have read the book first. The costumes were fantastic and the interview with Lisa See in the special features was wonderful. But don’t take my word for it, watch and decide for yourself. Better yet read the book, you won’t be disappointed.
A new film will be out in time for the holidays called War Horse. It is an epic film of friendship and loyalty between a boy named Albert and his horse Joey. The story is told through Joey’s eyes as he is sold and used as a war horse during WWI. I’m really looking forward to seeing this film. It is based on the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo and is directed by Steven Spielberg.