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5/26/2003

 
| At the Movies

Most of the time here at Jefferson’s Spirit we write about life and its meaning; you know, philosophical stuff. And you dear readers (which there are now 500 of you) seem to enjoy it. But all work and no play makes the staff here at Jefferson’s Spirit dull writers.

So as a rare treat, I thought I would write about some movies I watched over the four days I had off for Memorial Day! Yes dear reader it’s true! Even Jefferson’s Spirit is not above movie reviews!

And now on with the show:


The White Balloon -- what troubles for a goldfish!

The White Balloon is an Iranian movie (yes I said Iranian, as in the country of Iran) which is about a cute little 7 year old girl who coaxes her mother, after much whining and complaining, into letting her buy a goldfish. The girl is allowed to go to the market to buy the fish by herself. Her first five minutes out of the house she loses the money her mother gave her. The rest of the movie is about her trying to get this money back. It is a cute movie – but also shows how adults can have a dark and scary impact on innocent children. It is subtitled and is currently on the Sundance channel for those with cable television.



The Deer Hunter is one of my all time favorite movies. It is currently playing on AMC. It stars Robert DeNiro , Christopher Walken , Meryl Strep and John Cazale. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, it is about set around a Slavic community in a Pennsylvania steel town during the Vietnam War. The movie shows the life of these people before and after three of the main characters go to Vietnam. Once there the men are captured by the Viet Cong and forced to play a horrific game of Russian roulette. A warning for the feint of heart -- the Russian roulette scenes are disturbing and difficult to watch. The movie shows how post traumatic stress disorder can affect each person differently.

An interesting side note to the movie is that one of actors; John Cazale (he also played the role of “Fredio” in the Godfather movies) was dying of cancer while filming the movie. He was engaged to another star of the film, Meryl Strep, at the time. When the studio found out he was dying they wanted to fire him. Both the Strep and the director of the film threatened to walk out on the project if they fired him. Cazale stayed. Tragically he died shortly after the movie was shot – and before Step and he were married.



A Mighty Wind is currently in movie theaters. It is from the same creators who brought us This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show . I absolutely love the subtle humor of these previous mock documentaries. While this movie had some humorous moments, it was by far my least favorite of the series. I was disappointed because I was looking forward to seeing it. I would recommend saving your money and waiting until this comes out on DVD.

Stay tuned for more reviews in future installments of Jefferson’s Spirit.

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