Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Best 16 Movies I Saw Last Year
11) The Fantastic Mr. Fox - An animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel. The movie seems geared more to adults, but then Dahl tended to write pretty darkly, and with sophistication, for a children's author. The movie, to me, is a great allegory about the downside of civilization, how it has tamed us at the cost of our sense of place in the world, and our freedom.
13) Jesus Camp - Scary documentary about pentecostal fundamentalists in North Dakota, and their use of a children's camp to indoctrinate. There's very little editorial - the filmmakers just show you the craziness as anti-abortionists and other devout republicans visit the camp and tie politics to religion. It's a fascinating look at the lives of people in the American far-right Christian movement, and how they pass their message on to the next generation.
16) Addicted to Plastic - Great documentary follows plastic around the world from cradle to grave, including the massive "plastic islands" accumulating in our oceans. It stays with you and makes you re-consider every purchase.
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the movies all look very interesting. i haven not seen a single one but will look out for them.
in answer to your question on my last post (and long overdue) oma is a name that is commonly used in germany for grandmother. i think it originally came from the dutch language though.
I had no idea that even half of these movies were out-or in existence I should say-I saw your comment at Xdell's place- shame about Howard Zinn-I didn't realized he had passed away-
if I were trying to be sneaky-and didn't want to come right out to someone and say "this is the real way the US- and maybe the world work" (in other words trying to convince someone that some conspiracies do happen) I would start them off with Zinn.
I don't know how many books he wrote-and only have his "People's History of the United States" but have read through that one two or three times-really like how he wrote about history-he certainly changed my opinion about some things. sorry to go so off-topic -and thanks for the movie list-will definitely check out three or four of them- and the comment about Stephen's work.
best to you and your family as always!!
I particularly liked how the camera literally followed the protagonists most of the time. It gave the film a real documentary air.