Sophie’s Choice

We Roquemore reviews Sophie’s Choice

Enjoy this trailer of Sophie’s Choice.

Sophie’s Choice is about the conflicted relationship between Sophie, Nazi concentration camp survivor, and Nathan, a Holocaust obsessed man.

 

Lee Anne’s Take

Wow. Just, wow.
This movie felt, for me, all over the place yet somehow, completely fit together. Two entire story lines get told in this one film {it’s a long one}. The acting is incredible. During the first parts of the movie, when you’re in the first story line, {the one of the characters currently} it seems as though it might take forever to get anywhere. And just when I was about to tell John that I didn’t like the film, they took us back in time – to Sophie’s past. So far, in the whole film, you think you’ve got the title figured out. You think you know what Sophie’s Choice is… and then, they give you a whole other story that brings so much light to the present while still being completely separate – and giving you another reason to find the name of the film to be very fitting.

The first little while during the film, I kept thinking – I KNOW that guy! Referring to Peter MacNicol as Stingo
{Side note about me with films: I always remember where ‘that guy’ or ‘that girl’ has starred previously. Or, has had a really minor role, too.}
I could not figure out for the life of me, where I knew him from.
Finally, I gave in & looked him up on IMDb. It’s the pediatric doctor from Grey’s Anatomy. It was interesting to see him here, so young. And his acting was incredible. Really, really incredible acting all around.

It was an emotional roller coaster of a film, but definitely a story worth telling. Many moments of heartbreak and despair, but so worth it, in my opinion.

Let’s jump into John’s thoughts….

John’s Take

Sophie’s Choice was an incredibly interesting film. It had layers both in emotions and in the story itself. I found myself being gripped by the emotions of young love, a crush of sorts, and then the agony of seeing someone you love make an awful choice. The use of color in this film is striking, never drawing attention away from the story instead the colors gave bold underlying statements about the emotional climate of the storyline.

Without giving anything away, the film takes a major turn and surprised me in its rich back story. The acting by Meryl Streep is some of the best I have seen from her and reveals why she has had the various roles through out her career. Sophie’s Choice reminded me a bit of A Streetcar Named Desire because of both the relational dynamic between all the characters and the use of a house to confine the film to one primary location. When things become difficult in the film it seems as though the filmmakers pushed all the characters together, almost as if to say “Ok, now let’s work it” and this of course add to the intensity and emotional depth of each scene.

Main Cast of Sophie's Choice
(From left to right) Peter MacNicol as Stingo -> Meryl Streep as Sophie -> Kevin Kline as Nathan

Kevin Kline does an amazing job in this film AND it is his first feature. The tortured inner-self, the deeper artist and con-artist, the way he commands attention the moment he enters the room – he starts his film career with a more complicated role than most actors but still shows his humanity in a such a vulnerable, enjoyable way. He always surprises me with the intensity he brings, even in the calm moments, you know there is a storm brewing in his heart and mind.

A story, although hard to watch in many ways, worth your time.

 

Have you seen Sophie’s Choice? What are your favorite Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep films?

All the President’s Men

We Roquemore Reviews All The Presidents Men

Enjoy this trailer of All The President’s Men

All The Presidents Men follows reporters Woodward and Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon’s resignation.

From Lee Anne

Man, oh man, I loved All The Presidents Men.

It resonated with what I believe about most of what our government tells us – they’re always trying to hide something.
This film is a story about the Watergate Scandal, from the perspective of two journalists.
It’s incredible!
It’s inspiring to be bold & courageous in your endeavors, to always seek the truth as well as stand for it. It’s got so many wonderful elements that make it an incredible film.

I don’t want to spoil too much, so I’ll just say, WATCH IT!!!

From John

Watching All The Presidents Men again I realized just how much I have changed. My interest in history, especially the history NOT written “by the victors”, has grown tremendously. It seems that whenever we look back at the rise of powerful people, nations, companies there is always a myth – something that seems almost divine – that surrounds the events that put this power in place. Of course, upon closer examination we see the reality:

Powerful people use whatever means necessary to take and guard their own power, then rewrite history.

The two main characters in this amazing work of cinema are the underdogs, the guys hungry for a chance at the big time – working the big stories for an influential newspaper. The problem comes when they start to realize that not everyone thinks the truth is as important to newspaper reporting as they do. When they start digging into what happened the night of the Watergate break-in, what they find is not only resistance from the usual suspects, but from their own organization – the one that put them on the trail in the first place. There are some truly beautiful moments when we see them go from totally naive to aware of this reality, than aware but willing to push back against this push back.

Without giving away too much of the film, both guys grow as journalist and as human beings when they become personally involved in discovering the truth behind not just the break-in but other things that power people had covered up by these men in powerful places.

Redford and Hoffman are two actors I could easily watch in anything: because they are so good at disappearing into a role AND because the roles they pick are stories worth telling (even Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium). Add to this some gritty but elegant cinematography and the sound of typewriters throughout then cut the whole thing together in a minimalist style and you have a film that doesn’t just tell a story but grabs the viewer and brings them along for this epic dive into one example of history that wasn’t rewritten by the victors.

Have you see this film? Do you think it’s still possible to expose systems of power using newspapers? What about Twitter and Facebook?