Movies: Ocean’s 8, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Summer 1993

Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8 is different!  It is a sequel to the Ocean’s trilogy to be sure.  Eight talented, attractive women working together to steal a Cartier diamond necklace worth $150 million.  The result is a smooth journey into a fantasy land without blood-n-guts or conflict or fighting.

Audiences clearly liked it considering it racked up $52 million at the box office in just 5 days.

There is an all star cast:  Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett (just after childbirth!), Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Mindy Kaling make 8.  Dakota Fanning, James Corden, and Carl Reiner round out the remaining cast.

A bit of trivia:  the eight leading ladies collectively have won 4 Oscars, 2 Emmys, 9 Grammys, 6 Golden Globes, 5 BFTAs and 10 SAG awards!

It is rated PG-13 for language, drug use, and some suggestive content.  It is listed as an Action & Adventure, Comedy with a run time of 110 minutes.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

This is a documentary about Mr. Fred Rogers and his children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS for many years.  The documentary production comes from Oscar winner Morgan Neville.

Mr. Rogers first was an ordained Presbyterian minister and later a puppeteer.  At the age of 30 he developed the concept for Mr. Rogers Neighborhood as a contrast to events of day to day life at the time.  Subjects like assassination, and divorce, and racism were gently introduced to young children in a way in which they could process and think about them.  It was revolutionary television.

The cast includes Joanne Rogers, wife to Fred, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Francois Clemmons played several roles on the show, singer, actor, playwright, and lecturer.  David Newell played Mr. McFeely, the delivery man.

The film is rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language.  It is a Documentary running 94 minutes.  It is an exceptional story about a television trailblazer in the wacky world of its time.

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Summer 1993

This film is a gem dealing with an incredibly tough topic.  After the death of her parents, six year old Frida struggles to understand relocating to a countryside home with her uncle’s family.   It is both heart breaking and heart warming at the same time.

Little Frida is confused in her new home.  She is happy to play with little 4 year old cousin Paula.  Her Aunt and Uncle are her new parents.  She doesn’t understand what happened to her life in Barcelona.

Much of the film is from a child’s perspective.  Probably because Writer Director Carla Simon was drawing on her own experience when her mother died of AIDS when she was only six years old.

The movie has won 11 Spanish film awards and numerous international awards.  The film is not rated.  It is noted as Art House & International, Drama with a run time of 96 minutes.  In Catalan with English subtitles.

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