Older: Waterworld (1995)

This just happened to be on and I felt like watching it. Turned out better than I thought.

Sometime in the future the world has turned to water because of climate change. Survivors adapt by living off ships and whatever resources they could imagine from this less than inhabitable world, where human waste may even come in handy to survive. How they managed to build ships is left unexplained, but that’s not that important to enjoying an exciting action film, but not something that really touches where it itches, when it comes to current day climate change fear.

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Didn't see that coming.

The networking was so bad in 1979 that I only found out about Star Trek three years later. By then, I hadn’t seen it. The newspapers hadn’t come my way. I only got to read the movie classifieds on the odd occasion.

I’ve wondered what Star Trek: The Motion Picture would look like on the big screen if they had informed me earlier. Other people had seen the movie but being current eluded us for some reason. Star Trek just wasn’t on my radar.

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Older: Awakenings (1990)

This is the film I chose from my picks from 1990.

Leonard Lowe (Robert de Niro), and other patients of a Bronx hospital, during the 1960’s, ultimately could not live a normal life despite attempts at alleviating the symptoms of sickness. As viewers, we may be painfully aware of their real depth of loss. Undeterred by failure, a sensitive and compassionate doctor never gives up in finding a better solution to the L-Dopa drug phenomena which helped patients for a while, only for them to revert back to their ‘sleeping sickness’ state. Robert De Niro is breath-taking as Leonard Lowe, the sleeping sickness sufferer who is brought temporarily out of his comatose state by Dr Malcom Sayer (Robin Williams), only to regress. De Niro and Williams have good doctor-patient chemistry, and are supported by Julie Kavner, as a conscientious nurse, Penelope Anne Miller as a visitor to the hospital who cares about Leonard and who Leonard likes and Ruth Nelson as Leonard’s protective Mom. These put in outstanding supporting performances. This five-star film is a true story based on physician Oliver Sacks’ book Awakenings.

Themes–Darkest Hour (2017)

I am a watcher of movies, but also a viewer of them. As a viewer, I can give a reading into the film, in terms of what I saw as the themes, ideas, etc. So, onto this, with Darkest Hour (2017), a summary. These are good themes. Taking responsibility, actions and consequences, the valley of decision, should one change their mind, the world relies on a decision, and having courage to be strong in the face of the enemy, even if it is involves being sacrificial.

Recent: Darkest Hour (2017)

Had the opportunity to watch Darkest Hour (2017) again–a five star gem, so why not? It’s the choice of my movie picks from 2017.

It’s a larger than life portrayal of English responses–mostly political, but also militaristic, personal and public–to the German invasion of Europe during World War II in the month of May preceding the Dunkirk evacuation. Winston Churchill’s reply, as the Prime Minister of England, is riveting. This well-mounted film, with its finely tuned and brightly tempered aesthetics, combined with, as Churchill, Gary Oldman’s flashy, headstrong and transformative performance makes for something quite a bit more than life, which makes it palatable to watch, of what was a real depressing time in Britain. But which touches on the gravity of the moment–their ‘darkest hour’–in some sobering scenes. This one riveted me to the seat.