A nominee for Best Foreign Language Oscar last year, Timbuktu
is something of an overlooked gem. I’m struggling as to whether I call it a 2014 or 2015 release, but no matter what year you consider it, my review
With Timbuktu, director and co-writer Abderrahmane Sissako has created a film to test our understanding of what words such as “terrorist”, “jihadist” and “Islamic extremists” mean as much as what they don’t mean, offering a glimpse into a world I could never say I understand or even comprehend. Sissako’s level of empathy for his characters is what gives the film its weight, opening your eyes as you just might find your morals tested in ways you couldn’t have expected.
The Fisher King (Criterion Collection)
I’ve never seen Terry Gilliam
‘s The Fisher King
, but I do have this new Criterion Collection release here and I need to get to watching it! I was able to start watching it a short time ago, but need to block out the full 138 minutes to watch it in its entirety. Problem is, I’m not the biggest Gilliam fan and this appears to be full-on Gilliam. I’m more of a Twelve Monkeys
and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
kind of Gilliam guy, you know, movies where the weirdness is part of the story, not necessarily the
story. That said, I already found things to like about this movie in the twenty minutes or so I watched, but I’m obviously not ready to write any kind of meaningful review. For more on this release and the features it offers click here
Eh, I haven’t heard anything too great about this one. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a worthy rental, but I wouldn’t rush out to add it to the collection.
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