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‘Origin’ questions the validity of entrenched beliefs

‘Origin’ questions the validity of entrenched beliefs

“Origin” (2023). Cast: Aunjanue Ellis Taylor, Jon Bernthal, Niecy Nash-Betts, Emily Yancy, Finn Wittrock, Victoria Pedretti, Vera Farmiga, Blair Underwood, Nick Offerman, Connie Nielsen, Audra McDonald, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Isha Carlos Blaaker, Matthew Zuk, Hannah Pniewski, Myles Frost, Suraj Yengde Ph.D, Gaurav J. Pathania Ph.D, Thai Douglas, Lennox Simms, Emerson Smith, Alan Wilayto. Director: Ava DuVernay. Screenplay: Ava DuVernay. Book: Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Web site. Trailer. Adjusting to new outlooks that override established beliefs can be difficult for some of us. We’ve become so entrenched in certain ways of thinking that it’s hard to embrace new ones. We may not understand the revised concepts, either because they’re too radical or esoteric for us to grasp or because they’re not explained in easily comprehensible ways, perhaps too vague or too overly intellectualized. Or we may simply be unwilling to adopt such new thoughts because they make us feel uncomfortable. But, then, there are also those who take to them readily, either out of curiosity or an undeniably instinctual awareness. Those are the notions that surface in the new, fact-based biographical and sociological drama, “Origin.” It should be noted up front that the narrative of this unconventional ...
The Power of Perseverance on The Cinema Scribe

The Power of Perseverance on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, beginning Tuesday April 9, 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 ...
‘One Life’ shows how perseverance makes the impossible possible

‘One Life’ shows how perseverance makes the impossible possible

“One Life” (2023 production, 2024 release). Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Lena Olin, Johnny Flynn, Jonathan Pryce, Marthe Keller, Alex Sharp, Romola Garai, Juliana Moska, Samuel Finzi, Martin Bednar, Frantiska Polakova, Anna Darvas, Jonathan Tafler, Samantha Spiro, Adrian Rawlins, Ffion Jolly. Director: James Hawes. Screenplay: Lucinda Coxon and Nick Drake. Book: Barbara Wilton, If It’s Not Impossible…The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton. Web site. Trailer. For some of us, there’s no stopping when it comes to seeing through on a mission of vital importance. The circumstances compel us to continue, no matter what challenges, obstacles and odds are against us. And, even if we can see that, there’s something driving us that won’t let us pull back or stop. So it was in 1938, when a mild-mannered but dedicated English stockbroker selflessly kept forging ahead with a plan that many saw as doomed to failure, a story chronicled in the new, fact-based historical drama, “One Life.” In 1987, at the age of 78, retired businessman Nicholas “Nicky” Winton (Anthony Hopkins) was looking back on his life with decidedly mixed feelings. He was living a comfortable life with his wife, Grete (Lena Olin), in the idyllic market town of Maidenhead, ...
Personal Empowerment on The Cinema Scribe

Personal Empowerment on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, beginning Tuesday March 26, 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 ...
This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “Problemista,” “The Eternal Memory” and “Beyond Utopia,” along with my Oscar scorecard and a film festival wrap-up, all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
‘Beyond Utopia’ charts the quest for freedom of thought

‘Beyond Utopia’ charts the quest for freedom of thought

“Beyond Utopia” (2023). Cast: Pastor Seungeun Kim, Hyeonseo Lee, Barbara Demick, Sue Mi Terry, Soyeon Lee, Hyukchang Woo, Yeongbok Woo, Yonggil Roh, Jinhae Roh, Jinpyeong Roh, Sunok Park. Archive Footage: Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-Un, Douglas MacArthur, Nikita Khruschev. Director: Madeleine Gavin. Web site. Trailer. Imagine living in a country where citizens are effectively not allowed to think for themselves, where their beliefs are determined for them. And the dogma used to drill those thoughts into their minds is so formidable and so pervasive that most residents readily capitulate, even reaching a point where they gladly and willingly comply with the dictates planted in their consciousness. They accept conditions for what they are and even celebrate them, readily buying into the notion that they’re living in some kind of paradise, deplorable circumstances to the contrary notwithstanding. However, when individuals are coerced into a situation where it’s impossible to know – or even believe – any differently, it’s not surprising that they comply. Nevertheless, there are those who can see through the relentless propaganda and willingly seek other options for themselves and their families, their courageous stories providing the basis for the mesmerizing documentary, “Beyond Utopia.” In today’s world, it’s ...
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