Movie Review: Pleasantville (1998)

Battling the guardians of the forbidden fruit (9/10)

PleasantA fascinating exploration of moral choices: the comforts of social conformity vs. the wild ride of personal liberation.  Pleasantville is a movie I hadn’t seen in a while, then loading it into the DVD player I realize it’s been almost 10 years (1998) since it came to the screen.  Seems like yesterday.  For some reason—perhaps seven years of a full-frontal, faith-based political regime—the film deeply moves me now.

The theme is as timeless as the central issue posed by those hysterical autocrats who pontificate(d) the Old Testament: do I accept or defy God?  And if I decide to leave my warm family home on Superstition Mountain, am I prepared to accept the consequences? Continue reading

Movie Review: Bonneville (2006)

Small movie showcasing realistic Golden Girl roles

BonnevilleCarol: I can’t leave Arlo alone that long!
Margene: Well how would you know?
You haven’t left his side since highschool.
Carol: I have so!
Margene: Trips to the ladies’ room don’t count.

Written by Daniel D. Davis
Directed by Christopher N. Rowley

Jessica Lange … Arvilla
Kathy Bates … Margene
Joan Allen … Carol
Tom Skerritt … Emmett
Christine Baranski … Francine
Victor Rasuk … Bo Douglas

Charming, real buddy movie for 50-something women…

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