New Year New Beginnings
January is named after the Roman god, Janus, with two faces: one looking forward and one back. January is often a time of thoughtful reflection on the previous year and hopeful planning for the one ahead. Many people make resolutions; be healthier, travel more, save some money, finishing incomplete projects, find new love. Now is a great time for some films with late-blooming actors, stories about taking chances, and characters embarking on new beginnings. As usual, DVDs for the films listed are in the IMC collection.
Unforgiven (1992). Starring Clint Eastwood,
Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman.
Directed by Cling Eastwood.
Many New Year's resolutions include travel, spending more time with family and friends, or finding a more fulfilling career. In Chef, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) does all three. Carl is a divorced dad and chef in a high-end LA restaurant. After a heated argument with the restaurant’s owner over creative differences, Carl quits and goes to see his son and ex-wife in Miami. There he reconnects with an old friend, and with their support launches a food truck business. He takes his new business, friend, and son on a cross country, “foodie road trip,” chronicled on social media by his son. This movie is light and feel-good. It probably won’t be on anyone’s bucket list but if you need a little inspiration, give it a view. Just be warned, you will get hungry; have some good food ready.
Chef (2014). Starring Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr.,
and Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Jon Favreau.
Under the Tuscan Sun
Frances (Diane Lane) leaves her cheating husband and takes a trip to Italy where she impulsively buys a decrepit villa, begins renovating, makes new friends, and starts a new life. Under the Tuscan Sun is at first glance a typical movie about rediscovering yourself after a bad break-up- that’s what I thought before I saw it. But amid the fantastic scenery and Fellini film references is a beautiful message that even when you feel like your life is falling apart, you can still have a happy ending; even if it is not exactly the one you thought you were going to get.
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003). Starring Diane Lane,
Raoul Bova, and Sandra Oh. Directed by Audrey Wells.
Blog post written By Amanda Brooks