Thursday Movie Picks: Black and White Movies Made Since 1970
Thursday, meet the Thursday Movie Picks meme, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves! It's quite simple: pick three movies that corresponds to the week's theme and share your thoughts about it! It's never too late to join, so go over to her blog and get started! This week's theme is all about black and white movies, but they have to be made since 1970. My track record with black and white movies is bad enough, so this one was a challenging theme for me. I've only seen a handful of b&w movies since 1970, so here are my picks this week:
Tim Burton went back to his roots when he filmed this animated film, based on a short of the same name. Frankenweenie is a wonderful film depicting the topic of loss through Victor and his dog. Devastated by the loss, he had an idea to bring him back to life, which led to catastrophic results when others found out about what he did and decided to revive their own pets as well. It's not Tim Burton at the top of his game, but certainly a lot better than the recent works he's been churning out as of late. It's worth it to watch, especially if you're a pet owner.
Nebraska makes the list because it made me feel nostalgic. Bruce Dern's performance sort of reminded me of my grandfather, particularly his stubbornness and his determination to do something. In this case, Woody Grant wanted to claim his prize all the way to Nebraska, with David reluctantly accompanying him to give in to his wants. What transpires is a movie that brings father and son together, with a bit more understanding about their selves and their family.
Schindler's List is quite a powerful film. I went on a tour of a concentration camp last summer, and it was very much an eye opener. I know we study about these things, but it's quite different when you get an in depth look as well as further information from knowledgeable people who really studied the material - there was a lot of material during that tour. Schindler's List was about a man, Oskar Schindler, who used all the means he had to save Jews from being killed. The film showed scenes from the camps, and even had that one scene inside the gas chamber. Whenever people were being rounded up and carted off , those scenes were pretty terrifying, especially the one with the children. I remembered the film when I went to the camp (the film's set was very accurate) and the whole experience was overwhelming, much like the film.