I really had been excited to see the film. I hadn’t been able to see it before its video release due to some family emergencies that arose, and when we finally rented the film, my husband and I couldn’t wait to see what all the excitement was about. Both of us are big Lord of the Rings fans, environmentalists, and generally love movies, so we figured this would be the highlight of our weekend.
Well, writing might not be the right word.
For years there had been localized comedy and music showcases, spurring hometown talent onto small time fame. Growing up in Peoria, Il probably had a great deal to do with how Pryor ended up perceiving the world. But his leaving home to pursue a career as a performer should be pretty understandable. Who, even now, wants to spend a lifetime in a tiny town, especially if there’s a hint of racism or intolerance to speak of?
In 1963, a mysterious time traveler called "the Doctor" (William Hartnell), his granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford) and two of her teachers, Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) were inadvertently transported to an alien world, thanks to the Doctor's time machine (the TARDIS) malfunctioning. There, they find a petrified forest and an empty city, where they discover that they've been exposed to dangerous amounts of radiation. But before they can return to the TARDIS to escape, they are captured by the city's inhabitants - robots with domed, bumped bodies, a single eye-stalk protruding from their head, and an energy weapon built into their frame. They are the Daleks, one group of survivors of a nuclear war that destroyed the planet. Driven underground and into their robotic tanks, the Daleks have become hostile towards anything that is not a Dalek - like, for example, the Doctor, Susan and her teachers.
But then there's good! Remarkably for its time, the women of Dr. Who and the Daleks are not reduced to emotional, helpless fluffers (unlike in "The Daleks" episode, which scarred me for life with its dramatic close-ups of Susan's weeping face as she ran through the petrified jungle). True, the women here are not exactly Sarah Connor clones, but they hold their own when faced with Daleks, mutant horrors, perilous chasms and holding cells. Unfortunately, that is more than can be said for their television series counterparts, who found themselves victims of the times in which the show was developing.
“Planet B-Boy” is not your average documentary. B-Boys are the contemporary dancers whose dance moves originated from break-dancing in the 80‘s. Decades later, there has been a re-surgence in this kind of dancing and the movie follows of the lives of a few individual teams from different countries as they prepare for “The Battle of the Year”, which is the ultimate dream for most B-Boys.
Christopher Nolan doesn’t need to do any more convincing to get me in his camp. Every one of his films sits high on my list of the greatest films ever in the history of the last 130 years. Well, I guess that’s not entirely the case. Other than Following, which I cannot yet give an opinion because I have yet to see it, Insomnia is the only Christopher Nolan film that I’ve never had a great opinion of. It started years ago, when I first saw Insomnia. And with that, we get to the review…
Enter James Atlee Phillips (father of guitarist, singer and composer Shawn Phillips).
Darren Aronofsky presents 2008's The Wrestler, a tale of riches-to-rags in spandex and steroids. Probably one of the more honest looks that Hollywood has given professional wrestling, The Wrestler aspires to lofty heights, and occasionally rises to the challenge it sets for itself. However, the end result, after all the blood, tears, sweat and thumbtacks, is surprisingly hollow.
There's enough in this movie to ensure that The Wrestler isn't a simple tale of Randy having his one last moment in the sun; he does, but he has to sacrifice any personal relationships, a normal life, and even his health, to do so. "You people here," he tells the fans at the end, "you're my family."