A few films to see

I’ve seen a few really good films, and I thought I’d pass along some recommendations.

Temple Grandin

Based on the life of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame a good deal of prejudice in her life and used her gifts to advance the humane treatment of cattle on factory farms.

The Fighter

We saw The Fighter in the theater on Sunday. It was a film that explored personality and family life as much as it did boxing. It was Rocky-esque in the sense that in followed the story line of the comback-kid fighter who gets his chance at the title. What made the original Rocky movie great, though (and what makes this film worth seeing), was the fact that the film explores the inner workings, relational dynamics and social conditions that surround someone trying to get their shot.

Crazy Heart

This is a really beautiful film. Beautiful in its exploration of the ways in which we can change ourselves and choose to live a new life, even after spending years doing things that make us and others suffer. There was a good deal of redemption in his film, which surprised me.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

2 thoughts on “A few films to see”

  1. One of my son’s favourite films is Temple Grandin. Pretty cool for a ten year old!

    I haven’t seen the other two yet, but want to see them both. This makes me want to start doing movie reviews on my blog again. 🙂


    1. Yes! You should definitely start back w/ movie reviews….though I know it takes a bit of time sometimes. I like spending time doing reviews, though, because I end up taking so much more away from seeing a film (or reading a book) than I otherwise would have. But it is also discouraging if you take time to write up blog reviews and nobody seems to notice!


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