Written by Kali Tuttle I’ll admit it: I’m a history nerd. I love anything to do with history — especially political history. Consequentially, I’m majoring in political science and minoring in history. So, when I hear of historical films, I immediately pounce on them. But I know I’m not the only one who loves to see history’s […]
The story of “The White Crow,” Ralph Fiennes’ latest directorial effort, is as topical as anything currently sitting on the desk of a studio head. It tells of a rebellious artist grappling with his sexuality during turbulent political times rife with tensions between the United States and an agitated Russia. But though the upcoming film, […]
On April 16, 1988, 31 years ago in Japan, an animated film, an early film for the just shy of three-year-old Studio Ghibli, opened in movie theaters in Japan. The film was based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical short story, Hotaru no Haka, from writer Akiyuki Nosaka. The story itself had become well known in Japan, […]
We shouldn’t forget history. There are some horrors and terrors that you should know to make you not taking the life you have now for granted.
We seriously underestimate and discount the power of cinema when we say or believe that it cannot affect the very innate self of a living being. If humans, along with all their cognitive functions and intelligent functioning are capable of creating, understanding and appreciating the art of cinema, surely some among them tried to influence […]
[This is Part 5 of my Shitcoms series. Part One — Part Two — Part Three — Part Four] Usually these pieces see me wading through the televisual sewage of the 70s and 80s, but I’m afraid it’s time to stop pretending that lithe teenagers like you and I know any better, and tackle something […]
Hello everyone! Yes I know I did not post last week and that is because the topic was ‘A movie based on a true story’ and in my history class we acually just started watching Schindler’s List. This was the movie I acually had planned to watch for this week anyway so I thought I […]
With the Brooks Music Festival happening 2 weeks ago, I had the chance to talk to a lot of people active and interested in promoting music education in our community, both parents and teachers. One thing that came up repeatedly was memorization. At the Brooks festival, we do not currently require performers to have their […]
Jean-Luc Godard went to a film festival this week and was, as always, in a grumpy mood. He sulked in the corner and scowled while thumbing through his collection of Bazooka Joe comix. When people would come up to him, he would snap: “I am reading my Bazooka Joe comix!” Later on, someone asked him […]
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen Night by Elie Wiesel Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally The Book Thief by Markus Zusak What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
Countless, absolutely a countless number of films, documentaries, TV series have been made by the French & the British on their Kings, Queens, Mistresses, Popes.Similarly, on the French Revolution, World War I & II, its famous personalities Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Hitler, Stalin, Charles De Gaulle, the Normandy Crossings…..So many histories, threads, truths & untruths, […]
“Unplanned” (2019) So our media and the forces behind it tried to shut this movie down. Well, at least they didn’t give it a fair shake. No major networks would allow the trailer to be shown. Twitter suspended their account for awhile. The MPAA rated it as an “R” even though there is no bad […]
Our day began in the Jewish Quarter, Kazmierz. Our first stop was the Stara Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, also known as the Old Synagogue because it was built in 1407. Shalmi reminded us that it was the king or prince who invited Jews here for practical purposes, and that though not liked, they were […]
by Justin Talley Ivan’s Childhood is a masterpiece. It is unfair how good director Andrei Tarkovsky was right out of the gate. Tarkovsky directed this film straight out of film school when his professor had to step away from film to direct a larger project. The film is set during WWII, and follows the life […]
So, you may look at today’s character type and think, isn’t that an oxymoron? Yes, yes it is and in some ways, so is this character type. Philanthropic profiteers have the idea that you can’t change the system, so you might as well take advantage of it. Deep down, however, these characters want to hope for change or at least want to see goodness within a corrupt world.