Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Letters
For the 20th week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the simple subject of letters. Yes millennials, before there was texting. There was a thing that allowed us to communicate with others through writing letters as I’m sure there’s some that still do that because we don’t want to be controlled by the evils of texting. Here are my three picks:
1. Dear God
Garry Marshall’s 1996 comedy-drama is an underrated gem as it revolves a con-artist who takes a full-time job by working at a post office so he can avoid going to jail where he reads a letter addressed to God. Starring Greg Kinnear as this con artist who takes a job working at the post office, it’s a film that does have heart where he reads these letter addressed to God as he and several other workers at the post office decide to answer these letters and help some people out.
2. Broken Flowers
Jim Jarmusch’s 2005 film revolves around an aging Don Juan who receives a mysterious letter from a former lover revealing he has a long-lost son prompting the man to go on a road trip to find the letter and who might be the boy’s mother. It’s a film that is a part road movie but also a character study of this man played by Bill Murray dealing with past lovers and the idea that he might have a long-lost son where is aided early in the film by Jeffrey Wright as his neighbor who aspires to be a detective and gives Murray maps to his different destinations. Featuring a great soundtrack and an ensemble of women including Julie Delpy, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Chloe Sevigny, and Tilda Swinton. It’s a film that is surprisingly accessible from someone as offbeat in Jim Jarmusch.
3. Letters from Iwo Jima
The second of Clint Eastwood’s World War II films about the Battle of Iwo Jima tells the story from the Japanese perspective as it play into soldiers writing to loved ones about their experience with war. It’s an unusual take on a war film as it’s often said that history is written by winners which I think is false. Eastwood would show a Japanese regiment at the island of Iwo Jima getting ready as they prove to be just as sympathetic and as human like the Americans. It’s not a typical war film but the usage of letters showcase some of the downsides of war as it shows men who are just fighting to survive rather than fight for a futile cause.
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