Movie Mom

Movie Mom


When Movies Collide

posted by Nell Minow

It often happens that movies seem to overlap or collide with each other. All of a sudden, there are two or three movies at the same time about earthquakes, or farm foreclosures, or asteroids hitting the earth, or CGI films about insects. “Antz” came out just before “A Bug’s Life.” It could be copycats. Or it could be just a reflection of some societal zeitgeist. Maybe both.


We seem to be experiencing several sychcronistic batches of movies this year. Three otherwise very different but all critically acclaimed films focus on an unexpected pregnancy, with all three woman deciding against abortion. In the bittersweet indie “Waitress,” Keri Russell feels trapped when she becomes pregnant with the child of her abusive husband. The raunchy Hollywood comedy “Knocked Up’s” has Katherine Heigl getting pregnant after a drunken one-night stand. And in “Juno,” another independent film, a teenager becomes pregnant the first time she has sex. At first she plans to have an abortion, but she is stopped by a protester outside the clinic, a classmate from school, and realizes that she wants to hav the baby and give it up for adoption. The makers of all three films said that they were not trying to weigh in on abortion as a right or a political issue; they just said that if the women in the story terminated their pregancies, the movie would be over. It was deciding what to do with the babies and how the pregnancies affected their relationships that provided the storyline for movies that were otherwise very different in tone.
Also this year, two heartbreaking films with brilliant performances movies focus on the conflicts faced by families who must find nursing homes for people who cannot care for themselves. “Away from Her” has a radiant performance by Julie Christie as a woman with dementia from Alzheimer’s. And in “The Savages,” Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are siblings who have to find a place for their irascible father.
In another case of similar themes, Thanksgiving weekend included two different fairy tales set in modern-day Manhattan. In “Enchanted,” characters from an animated Disney fairy tale find themselves in live-action New York, interacting with bus drivers and dancing in Central Park. And in “August Rush,” a boy runs away from an orphanage and uses the power of music to find his parents.
Two movies based on acclaimed novels are opening in December, both stories of adults who must find a way to make up for terrible betrayal they committed as children, “The Kite Runner” and “Atonement.”
This year also saw a number of feature films and documentaries relating — directly or indirectly — to the war in Iraq. But none of them captured much support from critics or audiences. Films about problems closer to home seemed to inspire better movies and attract bigger audiences.



Previous Posts

Heaven is for Real
A movie like "Heaven is for Real" requires two different reviews, one for believers/fans of the 1.5 million-volume best-selling book, one for those who are unfamiliar with the book and whose views about faith and heaven and proof may differ from the evangelical beliefs of the Wesleyan pastor who wro

posted 6:00:04pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Heaven is for Real: The Real Story
"Heaven is for Real" opens tomorrow, with Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, a Nebraska pastor whose four-year-old son says that he visited heaven during surgery for a ruptured appendix.  It is based on a best-selling book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,

posted 3:59:56pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Movie Critic Ann Hornaday Comes Out as...a Christian
Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday wrote a brave and very moving essay about being a writer sustained by Christian faith and how that affects the way she approaches all films and especially those with religious themes. As a critic, my first obligation is to assess each of these films not as

posted 3:59:22pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Trailer: Gone Girl with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
Take a look at the very creepy trailer from director David Fincher for the upcoming "Gone Girl" based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esGn-xKFZdU[/youtube]

posted 2:33:38pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

SFX: The Foundry's Dazzling Reel of Special Effects
From top special effects firm The Foundry.  Enjoy! [iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/91528664" width="500" height="281"]

posted 8:00:16am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.