The opening scenes of this heart-breaking—and ultimately heart-warming—1987 film tell us a great deal about Lasse (Max von Sydow), the father of the title character and about the circumstances under which they are making the sea journey to Denmark from their native Sweden. These scenes also hint at the brilliantly atmospheric cinematography that characterizes the […]
This 1983 film moves me to tears every time I see it. A masterfully restrained script, naturalistic and unpretentious directing, and the brilliant acting of the entire cast (especially lead Robert Duvall) combine to make this understated—and underrated—movie a heart-wrenching gem. Mac Sledge (Duvall) is a country singer/songwriter on the down and out. As the film […]
Amidst the hype over the “big films” of 2010, including The King’s Speech, The Social Network, and Black Swan, a smaller, quieter movie was practically ignored. Yet for some viewers, British director Mike Leigh’s Another Year was more thought-provoking, deeper and subtler, and thus more satisfying than all the year’s award winners and money-makers.
Life As A Human author Ross Lonergan will be reviewing some of his favorite films and perhaps yours from the past forty years … or so!