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Tom’s Recommended Film of the Week

Most of this week I’ve been watching Helen Mirren films, but I’m going to cheat a bit for this weeks recommended film and choose one I viewed a few weeks back called Babel, starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It’s an intersection type of story with good world ties, fine acting and an interesting moral message. What I take from Babel is the idea that no matter how small we think the world has become through quicker communication methods, we are all still pretty isolated. We stand alone, though we touch many, many lives every day, every minute and our decisions have far reaching effects.

For more information and reviews of Babel you might like to check out the Internet Movie Database. IMDb has tons of information on all films, plus reviews from users and lots of good biographical and filmography data. In fact, for your future reference I think I’ll add IMDb to my link list.

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One Response to Babel

  1. David says:

    I enjoyed "Babel." I did not think "Oscar!" when I saw it (on video, well after the Oscars), but I thought the performances were amazing. And I think I can also see why it was nominated as a film. If I had to criticize, I’d say it struck its overtone messaqe a tad hard, especially from about the three-quarters point onward, but then you do expect elements to come to a head, and with multiple stories the sense of repetition was perhaps inevitable.

    Certainly communication was a thematic element, in particular action taken in situations where a people for various reasons do not provide full communication.

    This director has used the intersecting story construction previously, most overtly in "Amores Perros" (2000), which is a film I very highly recommend.

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