I was delighted to find the neglected gem “Stairway to Heaven” (sometimes known as “A Matter of Life and Death”) available on Hulu. Fans of classic movies and spiritual themes should be sure to take a look.
It is a 1946 British film starring David Niven about a WWII pilot who saves his crew and then, realizing that his plane cannot make it back, and with his parachute destroyed, leaps from theplane, preferring to die by falling than in flames. But because his “guide” from the other world does not pick him up, he is caught between this world and the next.
The story works on two levels; you can see it as a literal struggle between heaven and earth or you can see it as a metaphor for what is going on internally as he struggles to recover from a head injury. On both levels, the strongest tie he has to life is the connection he made in a brief conversation with an American military radio operator (Kim Hunter) just before jumping.
This is a beautiful and deeply moving film and very resonant with the themes of “The Adjustment Bureau,” opening next month, inspired by a story by Philp K. Dick.
Interview: Daniel Ferguson of "Jerusalem" Daniel Ferguson told an audience that making his extraordinary 3D IMAX film about Jerusalem required four years and "thousands of cups of tea." It took four years. But he was able to persuade Muslims, Christians, and Jews to allow him to film the most sacred places of the city. He attended sed
Rogerebert.com has All Women Writers This Week Chaz Ebert has announced that everything posted on rogerebert.com this week will be written by a woman. I'm delighted to kick it off with my tribute to Barbara Stanwyck, inspired by the Pre-Code film series I am co-hosting with Margaret Talbott at Washington DC's Hill Center (Hurray! We'll be
More Awards: LA Film Critics A very tight contest, with ties for best picture, best actress, and best supporting actor. The biggest surprise was the award for James Franco's "Alien" in "Spring Breakers," an over-the-top performance in a film that divided critics between those who thought it was a commentary on vile, exploitiv
New on HBO: Six by Sondheim [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR51KyX3rGM[/youtube]
HBO's new documentary is "Six by Sondheim," the story of six songs from the remarkable lyricist of "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" and composer/lyricist of "A Little Night Music," "Sweeny Todd," "Company," "Follies," "Into the Woods," an
Washington Area Film Critics Association: 2013 Awards [gallery ids="23611,22610,24243"]
And the winners are....
12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)