Upstream Color unfolds in an elliptical manner, inviting viewers to deduce the narrative with limited dialogue and an absence of exposition. However, it would be a mistake to dismiss this as some gimmicky puzzle film: Amy Seimetz’s outstanding lead performance reveals the powerful emotional heart at the center of this ecological sci-fi love story.
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It’s 1890. Britain’s first department store, The Paradise, has opened up on the streets of Newcastle led by the ambitious Mr. John Moray. Coming from poverty with big dreams and bigger ideas, Denise has begun work as a shopgirl in the dress department at the store. While her innovative ideas make a splash, drawing attention from Moray himself, the road isn’t easy for Denise as she navigates a jealous peer, a fearful boss, and divided loyalties. The Paradise is a Victorian drama filled with swirling secrets, majestic dresses, matters of the heart and fierce competition where nothing is too grandiose.
Taste of Cinema has explored the idea of intentionally watching films that are paced slowly, in their list 20 Slow Films From This Century That Rewards Patience. These films might not have an immediate payoff or packed to the brim with action, but their in-depth look at characters, life, and the surrounding world allow for a different kind of film watching experience. Try one and let us know what you think at the Fiction/AV/Teen services desk on the second floor.
Diane of Fiction/AV/Teen services suggests Now, Voyager…
Hollywood cranked out women’s pictures, or weepies, with excessive emotional fervor from the 1930s to 1950s. For many historians, 1942’s Now, Voyager starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, is the definitive weepie. Davis portrays Charlotte Vale, a dowdy Boston spinster, oppressed and driven to a nervous breakdown by a domineering mother. She recovers with the help of a kindly psychiatrist, played by Claude Rains, who runs a mental health sanitarium. After leaving the doctor’s care, Charlotte takes an ocean voyage where she finds self-confidence and love through a romance with an unhappily-married man, played by Paul Henreid, and ends up taking his emotionally troubled daughter under her wing.
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An irresistible invitation: To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine, a Small Medieval Italian Castle on the Shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the Month of April. Four ladies, previously strangers to one another, answer the call to escape to Italy for one glorious Enchanted April. It is 1920s London, and the dreariness of unfulfilling routine contrasts starkly with the promise of a brightly-lit, languid holiday in the countryside. It doesn’t take long in this restful place for the visitors to shed their cares, form new friendships, and rediscover the beauty in both themselves and their other lives. Be inspired by a welcome respite and a fresh perspective, even if your own getaway is simply a vicarious one.
Find a hero in The Children of Huang Shi ! This true story takes journalist George Hogg behind the lines in war-torn China. With the help of a partisan leader, an Australian nurse, and a former aristocrat, Hogg attempts to save 60 orphans through their perilous trek over the mountains.
Looking to immerse yourself in the world of British literature turned television? Genevieve Valentine over at The AV Club shares “10 Period Pieces to Cheat English 205: British Literature on TV“. She notes what specific value the adaption brings and how each title plays an important role in the larger canon. Below check out some of her top ten as well as her bonus extra credit titles:
It’s 1976, the last day of school in Austin, Texas, the music is rocking, the keg is tapped, and Matthew McConaughey is “All right, all right, all right.” Join the party in Dazed and Confused, the coming of age cult comedy film written and directed by Boyhood’s Richard Linklater.
David Milch’s brilliant, confounding HBO series John From Cincinnati defies easy classification – the closest most come is “surf noir” – but ultimately, it’s about the same thing as his previous series (the all-time classic Deadwood): how strange and damaged people come together to form unlikely communities.
In the dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estranged twins that reunite after ten years. Wow, can they act! Wiig’s and Hader’s fabulous performances are absorbing, as we follow their heartbreaking journey to repair their lives and learn the key lies in their own relationship.