Okuribito
April 11, 2023

Okuribito

In the world of cinema, there are some movies that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. One such movie is the 2008 Japanese film, "Okuribito," which translates to "Departures" in English. Directed by Yojiro Takita, the movie explores the themes of life, death, and the human condition. The film won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards, making it the first Japanese movie to win this prestigious award since "Shall We Dance?" in 1997.

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Brokeback Mountain
May 20, 2023

Brokeback Mountain

In 2005, a movie was released that would change the landscape of Hollywood and the way society viewed LGBTQ+ individuals. That movie was "Brokeback Mountain", directed by Ang Lee and based on the short story by Annie Proulx. The film tells the story of two cowboys, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, who fall in love during a summer working together on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. The film's release was met with controversy and praise, with some calling it a groundbreaking moment for LGBTQ+ representation in film, while others criticized it for its portrayal of homosexuality.

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Incendies
April 1, 2023

Incendies

Have you ever watched a movie that left you speechless and haunted long after the credits rolled? That's exactly what happened to me after watching the 2010 Canadian film, "Incendies". This compelling and emotional story follows the journey of twins Jeanne and Simon as they uncover the secrets of their mother's past in war-torn Lebanon.

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To Be or Not to Be
April 8, 2023

To Be or Not to Be

The year 1942 was a tumultuous time in world history. The Second World War was raging on, and the world was in a state of uncertainty and fear. In the midst of this chaos, a film was released that not only entertained audiences but also provided a satirical commentary on the war and the Nazi regime. The film was called "To Be or Not to Be," and it starred the legendary comic duo of Jack Benny and Carole Lombard.

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Zwartboek
May 20, 2023

Zwartboek

In 2006, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven released his highly anticipated World War II drama, "Zwartboek" (translated as "Black Book"). Set in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, the film follows a Jewish singer named Rachel Stein as she joins the resistance and becomes embroiled in a complex web of espionage and betrayal. With its thrilling plot, expertly crafted suspense, and nuanced exploration of themes like identity and morality, "Zwartboek" quickly became a critical and commercial success both at home and abroad.

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The Color Purple
May 13, 2023

The Color Purple

In 1985, the world was introduced to a film that would go on to become a cultural phenomenon. "The Color Purple" directed by Steven Spielberg, was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. The movie is set in the early 1900s and follows the life of Celie, a young African American woman who endures years of abuse and oppression. The film tackles themes of racism, sexism, and homophobia and presents a poignant portrayal of the struggles and triumphs of African American women.

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La Strada
April 26, 2023

La Strada

In the world of cinema, there are certain films that leave an indelible mark on the consciousness of audiences for generations to come. One such film is Federico Fellini's masterpiece "La Strada," which was released in 1954. This timeless classic tells the story of a young woman named Gelsomina who is sold by her impoverished mother to a brutish traveling entertainer named Zampanò.

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The Broken Circle Breakdown
May 17, 2023

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The art of storytelling through cinema is an influential and powerful medium that has the potential to leave a lasting impact on its audience. The Broken Circle Breakdown, a Belgian film released in 2012, is a prime example of a movie that does exactly that. Directed by Felix van Groeningen, the film presents a heart-wrenching and emotional story that explores love, grief, and the beauty of music. The movie's unique blend of bluegrass music and a tragic love story has won the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide, making it one of the most critically acclaimed films of recent times.

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