Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful time with your families and friends! This is the last theme of Wandering Through The Shelves' Movie Meme this year (and if you missed some of my entries, you can check them out at the links at the end of this post). I think conversation movies are not everyone's preferred movie choice, no matter how beautiful and powerful some of these movies are. There's very little action and a lot of talking involved, but when conversations can enhance a film to stand out, or be intriguing, or produce a beautiful work of art, it's saying something. So, my picks for the week are:
I know this was given as an example, but it was impossible not to put it on my list! Are you familiar with the depiction of children being glued to the screen? That was me when I was watching this captivating film about the justice system at work. It was amazing how Henry Fonda just debunked coincidental evidence down one by one, until the picture of the crime scene is much clearer. It was never about finding the murderer, but rather how one man's thinking can save another's life. It's fantastic stuff, and the pressure to release a verdict becomes real because of the setting. Even you can feel the tension in the room.
One of my recent favorite minimalist films, this takes place in an apartment when two sets of parents confront each other about the squabbles of their children. This film is pure talent. Who knew putting Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reiley, and Christoph Waltz in one room would result an orgasmic of performances, each complimenting one another, and yet trying to overshadow each other. Fantastic film in due of a re-watch!
The recent entry on the list, Locke is the most minimalist one yet. It's basically a one man show, with Ivan Locke (played by the dashing Tom Hardy) in a car driving to London, on a series of phone calls that are about to change his life. He can go from one persona to the next, and despite the panic that the people on the other line are receiving, he was eerily calm about the whole ordeal. Hardy played Locke with the right amount of conviction that doesn't result to the film being a bore or overly dramatic.