The author of Finding God in the Dark – Taking the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to the Movies, John Pungente SJ, offers his take on many of the films that won at the 2013 Academy Awards. What does he consider to be the most interesting films of 2012?
In 2010, Xavier Beauvois directed the extraordinary and powerful 'Of Gods and Men', in which Niall Keenan sees moving and challenging examples of courageous choices.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones
UK Release date: 25 January 2013
An initial lack of pace is more than compensated for by a ripping yarn, some glorious fight sequences, drama, tension and pathos.
The story is told in the first person by one of some thousand or so miraculous children born at the moment of India and Pakistan’s birth, whose lives thus become metaphors for the turbulent relationship between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The film is a reminder that there are big issues at stake in Assange’s story, both about how people are being treated around the world and the ways in which international relations are conducted.
Anna Karenina is not just the story of a love affair, it is also a careful study of the relationship between men and women, their expectations, their duties and their search for happiness.
The over-arching narrative could be read through any number of lenses; but in and above all of them is a dynamic of hope and fear. The two are held intelligently in dialectic over the course of nearly three hours.
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