Jacquelyn Eckert this Sunday evening at 8:00 PM Eastern time for this fun discussion group. Our movie this month is “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Italian: Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna) is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker. The film is an examination of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.
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Our next movie will be “The Nines” Starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa McCarthy. Our next meeting is Sunday July 31 at 8pm ET.
Worlds collide in most unusual ways in The Nines. Ryan Reynolds plays Gary, a Hollywood television actor whose crack cocaine escapades land him under house arrest. A no-nonsense publicist (Melissa McCarthy) who specializes in rehabilitating bad-boy stars for public consumption keeps Gary in line until a sexy neighbor (Hope Davis) makes him wonder if his reality is truly all it seems to be. Indeed, once the question is asked, another world washes away the last one: this time Reynolds plays Gavin, a TV showrunner whose best friend (McCarthy) is dropped from his new series after a network executive (Davis) manipulates him. A watchful viewer of The Nines will begin to note that certain themes and bits of dialogue overlap the first two segments of the film, and that certain key lines (e.g., “You’re not a man”) are laced with double meanings. A haunting resonance, a sense that everything is imbued with some unknown quality or secret, overtakes one’s deepest experience of the movie. That feeling only grows in the final third of the story, in which Reynolds becomes Gabriel, a doting husband and father who leaves his wife (McCarthy) and child (Elle Fanning) with their stalled family car while he fetches help. Along the way he meets a wary stranger (Davis), and nothing is the same again. Everything loops into everything else in August’s clever story, which taps into that profound sense of alienation and dislocation most of us feel at one time or another, and pushes it toward the realm of myth. Fans of Donnie Darko may well find The Nines equally intriguing. –Tom Keogh