The severity of John Merrick’s disfigurement is confrontational to our worst sense and the cold street life of poverty in Victorian England, where the film is set, distancing and aloof from his plight.
One feels quite separated from the film, much like the distance one may feel from Merrick, but that the better response is not repulsion, but compassion, so one can be inside the story of “The Elephant Man”.
The Elephant Man (1980) is about dignity. Dignity for those who are, through no fault of their own, impaired, but get ridiculed and oppressed.
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This is an ode to the United Sates Navy that on the surface of things may not seem to be. However, it does become apparent that the film upholds the courage and ability crews display under immense stress and is what makes Americans proud.
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Amadeus (1984) is based on the play by Anthony Shaffer, who wrote the screenplay, who seems to take liberties from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life. It imagines his descent at the hands of Austrian composer Salieri, perhaps who had a good relationship with Mozart in actual history, but in this film is filled with jealousy at Mozart’s gift and plans his downfall.
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Intelligent crime drama with a meaty role for Indiana Jones’ Harrison Ford.
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It’s a comedy farce that makes a sly comment about the lacks in capitalism at a philosophical and practical level, through situational comedy and wisecracks. It’s also got interludes of entertaining music and singing. I found it barely amusing, mostly unfunny, and uneven in its distribution of amusements, although the Marx Brothers are likeable enough but don’t quite make up for it.
2 stars out of 5 stars
A very good World War II drama of American sergeants, completely set in a POW camp near the Rhine, that has, surprisingly, several comedy moments, and suspense, all well done.
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Almost thirty years on, Awakenings (1990) is still a moving medical drama about resilience in the face of uncommon difficulty.
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It’s thirty years since this Academy Award winner for Best Picture was released and now there is even a driving service for seniors seemingly inspired by this film.
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Published Challenge Weekly, 2007. The pending release of a movie garnering Christian support in Australia is gathering interest in New Zealand.
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