WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 05/06

LUCY AND DESI

(If you were disappointed by BEING THE RICARDOS)

Vincent Georgie: Aaron Sorkin‘s recent dramatization starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem was a significant miss-fire, in my view. Instead, I invite you to check-out a new doc by comedian Amy Poehler that offers a poignant, insightful and certainly entertaining at the lives and careers of the most famous comedy couples of all times.

Synopsis: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz form an unlikely partnership to become one of the most prolific power couples in Hollywood.

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SHAME

(If you want a provocative drama)

Vincent Georgie: This was Michael Fassbender‘s star making film, and it’s well-earned. He is perfectly cast in a very adult drama that is fearless in addressing sex addiction and the hollowness of unfulfilled lives. Carey Mulligan (as Fassbender’s sister) gives her most underrated performance in support and gives much context to their familial relationship. This is the kind of mature film about adult issues that are too rarely made. Filmmaker Steve McQueen reteamed a few years later with Fassbender, with the film 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

Synopsis: Successful and handsome New Yorker Brandon seems to live an ordinary life, but he hides a terrible secret behind his mask of normalcy: Brandon is a sex addict. His constant need for gratification numbs him to just about everything else. But, when Sissy, Brandon’s needy sister, unexpectedly blows into town, crashes at his apartment and invades his privacy, Brandon is finally forced to confront his addiction head-on.

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THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

(If you want an incredible human story)

Vincent Georgie: Inventively directed by Julian Schnabel and incredibly shot by Janusz Kaminski, what makes this film so outstanding is the unbelievable human story at its center. The amount of determination and the willingness to overcome is spectacular. Discover this beloved film. It’s a “wow”.

Synopsis: Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French fashion bible Elle magazine, has a devastating stroke at age 43. The damage to his brain stem results in locked-in syndrome, with which he is almost completely paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking an eye. Bauby painstakingly dictates his memoir via the only means of expression left to him.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

IF YOU CRAVE A SPRING ROMANCE

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining. Time to fall in love! Let us turn to two successful Jane Austen adaptations. The first is director Ang Lee‘s adaptation of the Austen classic starring Emma Thompson and introduced us to a very young Kate Winslet. The latter is the energetic and youthful retelling of an Austen classic starring Keira Knightley. Enjoy.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 

When Elinor Dashwood’s father dies, her family’s finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor’s sister Marianne is torn between the handsome John Willoughby and the older Colonel Brandon. Meanwhile, Elinor’s romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change.

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PRIDE & PREJUDICE

In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Elizabeth Bennet lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, she faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry. When the outspoken Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy, sparks fly. Although there is obvious chemistry between the two, Darcy’s overly reserved nature threatens the fledgling relationship.

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