The Priest of Wall Street

Leon-Morin-PriestLeon Morin, Priest (1961)

A communist rabble-rouser (Emmanuelle Riva) goes to confession to pick a fight with a priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo); they develop a friendship and meet regularly to discuss issues of faith.

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Wagging the Dog in the Jungle

220px-Thejunglebook_movieposterThe Jungle Book (1967)

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s novel, Bagheera, a black panther, takes an orphaned boy he finds in the jungle to live with a pack of wolves. Years later, the wolf tribe learns Shere Khan (George Saunders) has returned to the jungle and realize the young boy, Mowgli, is in danger. Despite his protests, Bagheera  (Sebastian Cabot) escorts him back to civilization. During their journey, they encounter a Baloo, a fun loving bear; Kaa (Sterling Holloway), a dangerous python; a pack of musical apes; and pack of vultures doing their best impression of The Beatles.

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A pathetic Explanation and a delightful Blue Bird

Kevin_Hart_Let_Me_ExplainKevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

This is a concert film of Kevin Hart’s 2013 sold out Madison Square Garden show.  I enjoyed the  television show Undeclared, and Hart’s 2013 Saturday Night Live appearance was decent, but this was my first exposure to his stand up act.

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A little bit of drinking, a little bit of Grass, and a tiny Thumb

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Drinking Buddies (2013)

Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are coworkers at a Chicago brewery.  Despite their obvious compatibility and attraction, they’re only friends because Kate is dating Chris (Ron Livingston), while Luke is in a relationship with Jill (Anna Kendrick).  As Kate and Luke grow closer, their relationships are tested.

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Taxes, water, and fashion statements

LagaanLagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

During the middle of a severe drought, one 19th century Indian village asks the local British magistrate for relief from the annual land tax (lagaan).  Somehow, this request turns into a wager: if the villagers defeat the magistrate’s cricket team, their land tax is cancelled for three years, but if they lose, they pay triple tax this year.

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Joyful and embarrasing

Swades_movie_posterSwades: We, the People (2004)

NASA engineer Mohan Bhargava goes to India to visit his grandmother after his parent’s death where he discovers a passion for his heritage and falls in love with an old childhood friend.  Eventually, he must choose between his homeland and his work .

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The Baron, The Warriors, and a Big Fan

Adventures_of_baron_munchausenThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

An elderly man claiming to be the Baron von Münchausen interrupts a play supposedly based on his life to point out its many inaccuracies and correct the record.  When the Angel of Death comes to collect Münchausen, he escapes in a hot air balloon made from women’s underwear. The rest of the movie is a series of fantastic adventures: the Baron meets the King of the Moon, gets swallowed by a giant sea creature, and fends off a Turkish attack. When he does finally die, this is revealed to be “only one of the many occasions” he’s met his death.

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