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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Two movies this week

One was a loner from my sister ... Open Range. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3.5 stars.This is the second time I've seen it - I posted about it in 2006, writing ...

The Canadian locations were stunning and the performances were very good. There were two parts of the movie that especially touched me ... the gunfight: it was very, very disturbing, perhaps because the violence seemed so realistic, not romanticized or stylized, but too long, messy and devoid of self-righteous joy .... and the relationships: they were authentic, straightforward, vulnerable and almost painful in their honesty. If you like westerns, or Costner/Duvall/Bening, or just a tale that touches on freedom, redemption, justice and love :-) then you might like Open Range.

Trailer ...


The other movie was Big Miracle ...

a 2012 family drama film starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski .... based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose, which covers Operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska.

The Chicago Sun-Times gave the movie 3 stars. It was interesting that it was based on a real situation in which environmentalists, Inupiats, oil companies, the president, and even the Russians ended up working together to try to save three whales trapped under the ice. The New York Times wrote of the actual incident ...

Unlikely Allies Rush to Free 3 Whales

Three young whales, battered and bloodied by jagged ice that has trapped them near Point Barrow, Alaska, have become the focus of a huge rescue effort by uncommon allies. Eskimo whalers, the National Guard, the oil industry, environmentalists and Federal and state officials, with assists from a Senator and the Defense Department, are trying to free the California gray whales from two pools in the Beaufort Sea ice pack that are about to freeze over .....

A trailer ...


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