Posts Tagged ‘bafta’

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

"I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you."

This classic essentially sweeped every possible recognition when it came out, including 8 Academy Awards and 5 British Academy Awards. It is by any definition a true “classic”. Because of it’s age, however, it seems to have become lost in the mix. Sure most of today’s 20-somethings have heard of it and older generations may have a vague recollection that they “saw it a long time ago”. But that’s not how it should be. Classic film should not be overlooked simply just to see “the latest thing”. I’m not saying you should abandon all trips to the movie theater in exchange for watching every classic you may have missed. But more often than not, the other extreme is taken, and many are not exposed to any classic films at all, which are of course the precursors to what’s playing at the local Cineplex. So let’s put the “Hot Tub Time Machines” and the “Avatars” of the world aside for a moment and take a look back at a film that really went above and beyond your everyday pure-entertainment movie. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

James Marsh, 2008 / "Life should be lived on the edge."

I had the chance to watch an amazing piece of film today. “Man on Wire” is, without a doubt, the most beautiful and inspiring documentary I have ever seen. In it Phillippe Petit, a Frenchman, does something truly American. He sets his sights on an impossible goal and doesn’t let anything stop him. It is amazing the amount of obstacles this man had to overcome to achieve a goal, which many may not even understand. Why would you want to go through all that trouble just to walk across a rope between two buildings? Why would you when, you may die trying to get across, if you do cross you’ll get arrested, and that’s all if you can even pull the whole thing off in the first place! That’s what I thought before I watched this film. But between those towers, doing “the impossible”, Phillippe taught us all a lesson. Sometimes, “why” just plain doesn’t matter. (more…)