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Starts slowly but builds interest as a newly paired sheltered journalist (Jennifer Connelly) and subversive photographer (Antonio Banderas) who works "in the shadows" uncover military atrocities in 1970s Chile. He comes off as a real prick in the opening scenes but the story develops in a way that makes their close working relationship turn into a believable love affair with both reacting to a desperate need to cherish life amidst a country full of tragic stories under the domineering thumb of a fascist government. Novelty to see Connelly cast as a Chilean, she's positively gorgeous and her accent is not bad at all, it's the Spanish & South American actors speaking English with heavy accents that can be hard to understand! The stars share a passionate love scene in the mountains outside an abandoned mine, now that would be one hearty good-lookin' baby.
Straightforward real-life account of a family of five torn apart by the devastating tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004 and their efforts to find each other amidst the carnage and chaos of the aftermath. Ewan McGregor makes us feel his desperation as the father while Naomi Watts is a reality anchor in a bravely unflattering exhibition. Visually & emotionally raw, this is all about putting the viewer in the midst of a convincing catastrophe with only the following metaphorical conversation breaking from the gritty realism to explain the film's title. "Some of those stars have burned out a long, long time ago. Did you know that?" "They're dead, aren't they?" "They're dead. But, they were once so bright that their light is still traveling through space and we can still see them." "How can you tell which ones are dead and which ones are not?" "Oh, you can't. It's impossible. It's a beautiful mystery, isn't it?"
Doctor's Favorite Movies
The blackest of black comedies released during the height of the Cold War is sheer genius. Peter Sellers masterfully plays three roles while George C. Scott takes a hilarious turn as a gung-ho general. Scathing, sobering, and an all-time classic.