Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

You never know what treasures you will discover in the world of cinema. One such treasure is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008). It's about the young son of a Nazi commander who befriends a Jewish boy in a concentration camp. 

The film is based on the novel of the same name by John Boyne and directed by Mark Herman, who also wrote the screenplay. It features Asa Butterfiled as Bruno (the son of the Nazi commander), and Jack Scanlon as Shmuel, the Jewish boy. 

Beautiful cinematography by Benoit Delhomme, haunting music by James Horner and masterful editing by Michael Ellis, this film is truly a masterpiece of cinema. 

 The ending is powerful and horrific. Be warned.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Morgan and Diane

Morgan and Diane as Ruth and Alex in 5 Flights Up (2014)

My two favorite actors star together for the first time in 5 Flights Up,
a romantic comedy about a long-married couple who move out of the
home they've lived in for years. I haven't seen this film yet.
I'm waiting for it to come out on Netflix.

Take a peek at my Morgan and Diane scrapbook:

Diane in Annie Hall (1977)

Morgan as Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Diane as Nina Banks in Father of the Bride (1991)

Morgan as Sgt. Major John Rawlins in Glory (1989)

Diane as Bessie in Marvin's Room (1996)

Morgan as Red in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Diane as Annie in The First Wives Club (1996)

Morgan as Detective Somerset in Se7en (1995)

Diane as Georgia in Hanging Up (2000)

Morgan as God in Bruce Almighty (2003)

Diane as Erica Barry in Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Morgan as Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris in Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Diane as Daphne Wilder in Because I Said So ((2007)

Morgan as Lucius Fox in Batman Begins (2005)

Diane as Bridget Cardigan in Mad Money (2008)

Morgan as Carter in The Bucket List (2007)

Diane as Colleen Peck in Morning Glory (2010)

Morgan as Nelson Mandela in Invictus (2009)

Diane as Beth in Darling Companion (2012)

Morgan as Monte Wildhorn in The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Train Wreck

Boy oh boy, there's nothing like a train wreck sequence!

It all started with Buster Keaton's The General (1926)

The Bridge Over the River Kwai (1957)

Silver Streak (1976)

Runaway Train (1985)

Back to the Future III (1990)

The Fugitive (1993)

Unstoppable (2010)

Super 8 (2011)

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Last year when I subscribed to Netflix, I was browsing through titles and came across a documentary series called The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2012). As a film buff and life-time student of the art of cinema, I was intrigued. This series is controversial to some as it tackles traditional ideas of filmmaking and cinematic history and turns them on their heads. Not everyone will agree. 

I find this series fascinating, educational and inspiring. Take a look at the trailer to get an idea of what you'll be getting into if you decide to watch the series.

What inspires you most about cinema?