July 17, 2012
The Best Movies I’ve Seen Recently
Here’s another answer from a recent interview that Andrew did with Chris Grosso of theindiespiritualist.com for a chapter in his forthcoming book, this time discussing film:
Question: What are a few films you will never forget seeing for the first time and why?
Answer: From my earlier life, the only film I can really recall having a significant impact on me is Star Wars. It was a true cinematic epic of the hero’s journey that was refreshingly free from cynicism and nihilism. It was a classic mythical saga of good against evil and in the end, the good guys won. It was all so charming, uplifting and inspiring. I loved Star Wars (and still do).
I’ve seen a few films more recently that I enjoyed. One was Band of Brothers, which is an HBO miniseries about Easy Company, the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. The series follows this elite battalion through their basic training, to being airdropped onto the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, and later to fierce fighting in France and Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. It portrays their shocking discovery of Hitler’s concentration camps and their arrival at the Eagle’s Nest, which was Hitler’s secret hiding place in the Austrian Alps. What was most touching about this series was the deep bond between these very brave soldiers in the hell of war. Their love and support for one another moved me to tears.
Recently I saw Margin Call, which was a magnificent movie loosely based on the fall of Lehman Brothers. It was a superbly acted and crafted portrayal of how deeply cold, calculating, and just plain greedy human beings can be. But it was a magnificent movie and exquisitely done.
Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen was a delightful fantasy about the “Golden Age Fallacy.” It poignantly portrayed how we always tend to believe that things were better in the past. Charming and pregnant with irony.
127 Hours was a true story about a young, athletic explorer played by James Franco who became trapped in a crevasse in a desert canyon in Utah. His arm became pinned behind a boulder and the story describes how he heroically chose to cut off his own arm, with his own knife, in order to escape inevitable death. It was probably one of the most breathtaking performances I’ve ever seen.