Ocean Heaven (2010)

Ocean Heaven

Ocean Heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“This film is dedicated to all the ordinary heroes among our parents”Ocean Heaven

*SPOILER ALERT*

Not the typical action film I was expecting from Jet Li–so  I was pleasantly surprised ^.^

What a lovely movie! Jet Li plays an ill father by the name of Wang Xingchang, who spends his last dying months, teaching his Autistic 21 year old son how to take care of himself.

What makes this film feel authentic is in the story development, which takes its time to mature, and of course, the little peices of humanity one feels when one recognizes the father is pushing through the pain, to make sure his son will be fine without him.

Really captures the little sacrifices (that mean SO much), that good parents do for the sake of their children. Whether something small like giving us the last chicken wing, or useful skills like teaching us  to find answers for ourselves; this film shows how love is immortality.

It’s the lets- make- things- into- a- fun- game- so- he- doesnt- realize- this- is good- bye- and-that- he- has- -to- fend- for- himself, that gets me all teary–and reminds of other great film-fathers like Roberto Benigni in “Life is Beautiful” (1997) , Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happiness” (2006), Brendan Fraiser in “Extraordinary Measures(2010) and Tom Hanks (my favorite actor) in Extremely Close And Incredibly Loud” (2011)

And may I add that it’s so refreshing to see films with the “father” character being an admirable positive role model, instead of the lazy iggit dads on tv (no offense to the entertaining Mr. Simpson and Mr. Griffin.)

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The Tribeca Film Festival Experience

Danielle (lower left corner) checkin' out the schedule for Tribeca Films @ Chelsea

Danielle and I got lucky, that the movies we wanted to watch were not sold out. With my CUNY student ID, I was given a $2 OFF discount ($14 instead of $16 dollars.) ^-^

So basically, The Tribeca Film Festival is NOT a closed off, exclusive event that I thought it was. In my experience, it was an extra-ordinary movie event (catered by people wearing Tribeca Film press passes) where international films such as “Rat King” and “Head Shot” can be viewed in movie theaters across the TriBeCa region for a period of time.

What makes the festival so intriguing is that you get to watch the movie WITH the director, reporters, and other important people in the movie industry! There’s something about being the first few people to watch a film, and being in the presence of the film makers, that sparks my creative juices!

Me (left) Danielle (right) checkin' out what to see next

Danielle and I were geeking out during the question and answer portion after the movie, and I just had to say something to Finnish director Petri Kotwica ^-^

Unfortunately, due to poor planning (which was the reason for the low $40  budget), we only saw two movies. BUT we plan to plan ahead, and get fancy when the film festival rolls around next Spring ^-^

Movie Tip: If you like film noir, video games & foreign films check out “Rat King.” If you like action, crime, drug films with a twist, take a gander at “Head Shot”

The Ghost of Movies Past

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A bit dramatic I know, but it’s true. Yesterday I started making a list of foreign films I’ve already seen–from the year 2000 to present.

I just got back from the local library and added another +20. So far, I’ve listed 83…but will be bouncing from one library to another, before checking at last in Netflix with the help of Danielle Parker (’cause I’m too poor for Netflix at the moment.)

I couldn’t help myself (of course) so I rented 3 more films to watch lol, and will probably rent more from the next library. I am a woman obsessed!!!

THIS is going to take a while ^.^

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