These are the stories I’ve enjoyed this month
directed by Roger Ross Williams, based on the book by Ron Suskind
This film legitimizes the power of stories and childhood make believe. Through Disney, autistic boy Owen finds his voice and understands the world, and through Disney, we understand Owen. I love his perspective on life, and his championing of sidekicks. I am so grateful for how his parents supported him and encouraged his world. Beautiful, inspiring, and so wonderful.
A United Kingdom
directed by Amma Asante, screenplay by Guy Hibbert
THIS is how you fight for what matters. Our hero and heroine rebel in a matter-of-fact way that is built on the foundation of their utter belief in what they deserve: what the world deserves, and what they know they will get. Undoubtedly. Not because they are desperate, but because it matters. > Read my full review on IMDb
directed by Pablo Lorraín, screenplay by Noah Oppenheim
We have different ways of feeling affinity for stories, and how those stories are remembered beyond one’s lifetime is the core of this film. Jackie Kennedy has a sharp, perhaps unprecedented sense of legacy. During the week of her husband’s death we see her dealing with grief and a responsibility to her children, but above all, a responsibility to protect her husband’s legacy as President and historical figure in the making. > Read my full review on IMDb
by Elizabeth Gilbert
I put a call into the universe for the feminine version of The War of Art, and the universe gave me Big Magic. Pressfield acknowledges creative reality by embracing the struggle as legitimate while Gilbert liberates the need to suffer, be serious, or put too much importance on your work. My God am I grateful to have both of them. > Read my full review on Goodreads
directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, screenplay by Guillaume Laurant & Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This film explores how we define a person, introducing us to each character through their trivial likes and dislikes that in fact tell us more about those people than the typical questions we ask each other. It is a film of little things that make life magical when they are noticed. > Read my full review on IMDb
Manchester by the Sea
written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan
A devastating, haunting story set against the scenic seaside town, Manchester by the Sea captures the tension of a single person’s sense of obligation: to family, to himself, and to punish himself for his mistakes. This film feels like a novel, with each moment unfolding precisely, the story becoming apparent just a moment before its revelation.
A Prayer for Owen Meaney
by John Irving
This novel is like a massive puzzle; it fills in the big pieces first so you get a sense of the big picture, but all the little pieces fit perfectly too, not a detail wasted. Equally amusing and harrowing, A Prayer for Owen Meaney is about faith and friendship, exposing the absurdities of life. > Read my full review on Goodreads
What have you enjoyed lately? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. I’m so excited for Viggo Mortensen’s Oscar nod for Captain Fantastic, which I talked about here.