Is it possible that all the lessons of World War II have been learned and there are no new stories left to tell? And does this explain The Book Thief, which follows an orphaned girl in a World War II-era German village, feels so mawkish and unnecessary?
This is a film about a child's survival during the Holocaust. To say this film is dated is to deny the suffering of all during WWII. Based on the bestselling novel by Marcus Zusak, it was filmed in Berlin and has an authentic amber glow of old Germany.
The annual Marin film fest, in its 36th year, will feature early peaks at Oscar contenders, award nights to rising and veteran stars and storytellers and compelling features and documentaries of social significance.
For the most part, I've avoided the psycho killer sub-genre as that would merit its own piece. Instead, I've focused on films that betray mental illness in somewhat subtler, but no less striking, ways.
Like many seniors, I am no stranger to the act of entering a room and forgetting why I'm there; PIN codes and passsords sometimes vanish from my memory; I have on occasion been unsure of the spelling of a word that I have spelled correctly my whole life.
If you had asked Kevin McNally back in 2002 (when he auditioned for the role of Joshamee Gibbs in The Curse of the Black Pearl) if he thought that Pirates of the Caribbean would spawn a top grossing film series, he'd have laughed in your face.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides breathes new life into the franchise not just with new characters, but with behind-the-scenes players as well, namely in the hiring of filmmaker Rob Marshall.