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Biting Satire on The Cinema Scribe

Biting Satire on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, beginning Tuesday February 27, available by clicking here. You can also catch it later on demand on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Podchaser, Audible, Deezer, Podcast Addict and Jiosaavn ...
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‘Upon Entry’ tests our resolve to live up to our contentions

‘Upon Entry’ tests our resolve to live up to our contentions

“Upon Entry” (“La Ilegada”) (2022 production, 2023 release). Cast: Alberto Ammann, Bruna Cusí, Ben Temple, Laura Gómez. Director: Alejandro Rojas and Juan Sebastián Vasquez. Screenplay: Alejandro Rojas and Juan Sebastián Vasquez. Web site. Trailer. Questions related to immigration have been asked with increasing frequency in recent years. This has been particularly true where illegal entry has been concerned, providing considerable fodder for widespread public debate. But what of legal immigration – is that a benign subject, one worthy of little attention or recognition? Indeed, if would-be immigrants are doing everything by the book, there shouldn’t be any concerns, right? The answer to that might not be as simple as it seems, as illustrated in the gripping Spanish drama, “Upon Entry” (“La Ilegada”). Diego (Alberto Ammann), an urban planner, and Elena (Bruna Cusí), a contemporary dancer, have gone to great lengths to change their lives. The couple lives in Barcelona, Spain, but they have meticulously made extensive arrangements to relocate to the US to begin again, primarily to advance their careers and join family members who have already made the move. They look forward to this new opportunity, confident that they have done everything necessary to ensure a smooth transition. And, ...
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This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “The Zone of Interest,” “The Teachers’ Lounge” and “When Time Got Louder” are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
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‘The Teachers’ Lounge’ charts a molehill’s evolution

‘The Teachers’ Lounge’ charts a molehill’s evolution

“The Teachers’ Lounge” (“Das Lehrerzimmer”) (2023). Cast: Leonie Benesch, Leonard Stettnisch, Eva Löbau, Michael Klammer, Anne-Kathrin Gummich, Kathrin Wehlisch, Sarah Bauerett, Rafael Stachowiak, Uygar Tamer, Özgür Karadeniz, Can Rodenbostel, Vincent Stachowiak, Elsa Krieger, Padmé Hamdemir, Oskar Zickur, Lewe Wagner, Lisa Marie Trense. Director: Ilker Çatak. Screenplay: Johannes Duncker and Ilker Çatak. Web site. Trailer. We’ve all no doubt heard about the proverbial molehill unwittingly being made into a mountain. The inconsequential somehow manages to become overly (and unnecessarily) inflated, taking on undeserved significance. This usually comes about as a result of undue attention paid to it by those who have self-serving agendas that they want to see escalated and addressed to resolve petty or trumped-up grievances. And the result is a chaotic maelstrom characterized by overhyped shrieking and misplaced ridicule, often directed at the wrong parties or the wrong issues. Such scenarios, unfortunately, have become far too commonplace these days, frequently blowing matters all out of reasonable proportion. If you doubt that, it’s possible to see an example of such lunacy at work in the satirical new German comedy-drama, “The Teachers’ Lounge” (“Das Lehrerzimmer”). Middle school is one of those few remaining environments thought to be safe, secure and free ...
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‘When Time Got Louder’ asks, ‘Who cares for the caregiver?’

‘When Time Got Louder’ asks, ‘Who cares for the caregiver?’

“When Time Got Louder” (2023). Cast: Willow Shields, Lochlyn Munro, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jonathan Simao, Sharon Taylor, Ava Capri, Piper Curda, Aias Dalman, Ava Grace Cooper, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Bronwen Smith, Milo Shandel, Wyatt Cameron, Sindy Lau, Benita Ha, Barry W. Levy, Sean Robert Muik. Director: Connie Cocchia. Screenplay: Connie Cocchia. Web site. Trailer. Caring for those with special needs is certainly a noble, commendable pursuit. The patience, diligence, compassion and dedication required in attending to these individuals is often substantial, and providing the necessary care in line with those qualities is indeed laudable. But, given the commitment called for in such undertakings, one can’t help but wonder, how far should such conscientiousness extend? Is there a limit to the expectations, or is the obligation open-ended? Such persistent efforts can take a toll either way, at which point the question naturally arises, “Who cares for the caregiver?” That’s a central theme of the moving new domestic drama, “When Time Got Louder.” Mark and Tish Peterson (Lochlyn Munro, Elizabeth Mitchell) are the proud parents of two teenage children, Abbie (Willow Shields) and Kayden (Jonathan Simao), both of whom are very close to one another. Abbie is a high school senior who has ...
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The Power of Love on The Cinema Scribe

The Power of Love on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, beginning Tuesday February 13, available by clicking here. You can also catch it later on demand on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Podchaser, Audible, Deezer, Podcast Addict and Jiosaavn ...
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