April 07, 2010

Gran Torino

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Walt is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

Mr. Eastwood is as always outstanding and full of surprises. Mr. Eastwood, thankfully, expresses the hopes and fears of a population, of all colors and races, under siege and abused by an uncaring, greedy government and an aloof corporate oligarchy. This film also touches on the very special support the USA received from the Hmong people during the Vietnam War.
The human and urban decline is aesthetically perfect. The 1972 Gran Torino harkens back to a hoped for simpler time, although the reality of that time may be different. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 49322-D

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March 18, 2009

Stormy Weather

Great All-Star cast musical. A glimpse into truly African-American-a with an excellent look at the wonderful showmanship and ability of performance artists from the early part of the 20th century.

Askwith Media Library 42294-D
Released 1943 USA
Directed by Andrew L. Stone
Written by Jerry Horwin and Frederick J. Jackson

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March 04, 2009

C'era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West)

This 1968 Classic Western is the best ever made. It is a truly international western with an American and Italian cast while written and directed by the "A" list of Italian Cinema.
The cinematography is outstanding. The set design is based in the reality of the "old" west.

Askwith Media Library 36539-D
Released 1968 Italy
Directed by Sergio Leone
Written by Dario Argento & Bernardo Bertolucci

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