Our Town: A double dose of nostalgia

Our Town (1940, 1977, 1989)

This heartbreaking Thornton Wilder play shows us the pleasures and pains of life in the small New Hampshire town of Grover’s Corners in the early years of the 20th century. The final act of the play is an enlightening look at the resolution of life in death. Continue reading “Our Town: A double dose of nostalgia”

Jacob’s Ladder: a philosophical thriller

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

A Vietnam vet (Jacob) fears for his sanity as dream-like images and demons begin to appear. Convinced these hallucinations resulted from government experimentation with a mind-altering drug called “The Ladder,” the hero makes a startling discovery about his true nature. Continue reading “Jacob’s Ladder: a philosophical thriller”

The Fountain: Asking what is life and what is love

The Fountain (2006)

Death is the road to awe.

How many movies would contain that line? Visually entrancing, peppered with thought-provoking moments, and hauntingly scored by Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet, The Fountain is nevertheless far from flawless. Continue reading “The Fountain: Asking what is life and what is love”