DVD Recommendations

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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo
rating: B+

–surprising solid dark comedy about a man (Robin Williams) mistakenly told by a doctor (Mila Kunis) that he has 90 minutes to live due to a brain aneurysm. Williams and Kunis are both fantastic. Henry runs around Brooklyn trying to make amends to his wife (Melissa Leo) who he’s drifted apart from and his estranged son. Simultaneously Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis) tries to track him down to tell him that she made a mistake in telling him he had such a short time to live and to bring him back to the hospital. It’s at times funny, at times thoughtful.


Words and Pictures
starring: Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen
rating: A-
–this appealed to me for the creative aspect– a writing teacher and an art teacher at a prep school spar over whether words or pictures are better communications. both are art forms. if you appreciate literature, art, culture, you’ll like this film. Both Juliette Binoche (Dina) and Clive Owen (Jack) play sharp-tongued, slightly bitter characters with panache. Dina, once a celebrated artist, moved to this small community to be near her famlly as her RA progresses and she’s less able to function on her own. Jack, a once-promising author and popular teacher, is an alcoholic and he may lose his job. Though they don’t get along at first, the two find they have more commonalities than differences.

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