Life at the Movies

The American Dream may be a fascinating prospect in some movies, but in others, it’s not a guarantee in life. They consider it la la land. Live the dream Dance and sports movies seem to be a natural fit for movies about living the dream. In the 1980s there was Fame and Flashdance, popular films…

Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Han Solo in The Force Awakens and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. The action hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. They are the good guys. Does the Arnold Schwarzenegger action hero need redemption? No, we say. Because he saves lives (in the way an action movie…

In Star Wars, Anakin Skywalker had transformed into an evil character, but this isn’t a total transformation into evil. Not total transformation Unless one is the Devil, one can’t totally be evil. In the television series Lucifer there’s a shot of what the Devil looks like. There is no compassion, empathy or mercy on his…

Many moments in The Light Between Oceans (2016, out now for home viewing) accentuate isolated and needy individuals who don’t really want to be alone. Tom and Isabel The film begins by lingering on Tom’s isolation on the Australian coast. He is single, alone and surrounded by mountain and land on one side and ocean…

Aliens on earth, giant alien bugs possessing farmers, but does the public really need to know? The original Men in Black (1997) twenty years ago inventively executes an idea that has been around for a long time. There are aliens out there that the public don’t know about. Men in Black added that they wouldn’t…

Compromise is not an easy place to live. One day, what one really feels will come to the fore. That’s the impetus of the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One. What’s Star Wars? (As if we didn’t know, but to recap) Star Wars is basically a film about the “good guys” and the “bad guys”…

In Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Gotham City businessman Bruce Wayne, who is also crime fighter Batman, says superhero Superman should be brought down as he left havoc in his wake fighting villains. Hey, Batman, what about you? Fighting injustice is what I do, I hear Batman say. Superman is supposed to save lives. Hypocrite. Then,…

Arrival To be released on DVD in North America on February 14, 2017. The DVD release of Arrival (2016) is a week and-a-half before the Academy Award ceremony this year. The film is up for eight nominations. My preview of Arrival when it was released in the fall focused on the possible theme of inter-cultural…

The airplane drama Sully (2016, out now on DVD) is not a testosterone fueled action flick. That’s maybe why someone I heard, who dismissed Sully, probably wanted more western flick than dramatic. Because Sully is directed by iconic western star of the 1960’s and 70’s Clint Eastwood. However, no western this time, with Sully. Eastwood…

Family film Storks (released on DVD in North America, December 20, 2016) is about a lonely boy who wants a baby brother. The boy’s wish is a sentimental feeling from one angle, but also a natural desire for family. The problem is getting a baby brother. In the animated film Storks the Big Boss at the stork delivery…

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Peter Veugelaers

I’m a blogger, and writer for faith-based, mainstream, and alternative publications, in the form of articles, inspiration, and film reviews and commentaries. I enjoy catching up with sport, listening to music, buying a coffee, and keeping an eye on current events. First ‘awesome’ movie moment was Raiders of the Lost Ark. Amadeus, first ‘serious’ film. A 3 star rating out of 5 stars is above average from me.

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