Monday, January 14, 2008

Stories of some men's lives

We saw three movies in the past week. I don't like to read any reviews before seeing a film, and I prefer it if I haven't even seen the preview. That way I can go in ready to experience the film without any preconceptions or media hype. This is hard to do at the turn of the year, because everyone is printing "best of" lists and making oscar predictions. We saw "No Country for Old Men", "There Will Be Blood" and "Into the Wild". All were well done and riveting in their own way. I think, of the three, my favorite was "There Will Be Blood", mainly because Daniel Day-Lewis is so immensely watchable. You can't take your eyes off him - no matter what kind of character he plays, he is so charismatic on film. His eyes communicate so much.

All three of these films were primarily about men, and their lives. "No Country" was the story of a man dealing with no longer being able to face how evil some people can be. "Blood" was the tale of what happens when a man and his son can not communicate. "Wild" was the tale of a young man's journey to find and test himself.

Can you think of any movies that take these basic themes and explore them from a woman's point of view?


Anonymous said...

Terms of Endearment
Shirley Mac and Deborah Winger
for woman and daughter failure to communicate.
Still working on the others ,I get your point.

Anonymous said...

Fran says splendor in the grass,Frances,Peggie Sue got Married,Thelma and Louise?
Fran asks did you see Away From Her? w Julie Christie?

Anonymous said...

I am Ken Muhleisen. My birth mother was Lorraine Ashton Jahknet. I was told she was originally from Pittsburg. Do you know of any of your relatives by that name. I was born in Philadelphia in 1946.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry I did not leave a way for you to contact me. My email is or you may call 610-494-2427 if you like. Thanks in advance. Ken Brian Muhleisen.