Category Archives: Mary Jo

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris (2011) PG-13
It was so wonderful to see this Woody Allen movie. I have seen every Woody Allen movie, but this one is in a class with Annie Hall (1977) and Sleeper (1973). The time travel element really does the trick. Paris is a perfect background. I highly recommend this film.

Did you miss your chance to see the film on the big screen?  You’re in luck — the La Grange Theatre will be showing the movie for one night in March in conjunction with the Big Read 2012. Look for the program guide around February 1 for more details!

Children of Men

Children of Men (2007) R
Takes place at a future time when the only young child has just died.  Pregnancy is currently unheard of, making childbirth a distant memory.  It is a gripping tale of an idealistic woman who at that time and place can trust only one man to follow through with a plan and he must trust no one.  Is there any hope?  Both my husband and I thought it was great!

Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine. Based on the 1993 novel by P. D. James. Check out reviews from Roger Ebert, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly.

Control Room

Control Room (2004)
It’s an eye-opening step into what was happening during the American invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Told from the point of view of Arab television network Al Jazeera, the documentary follows Al Jazeera employees and covers time spent in the US Central Command briefing room in Doha, Qatar. It explores the media’s role in modern war.

The only American featured prominently in the documentary – Marine Corps media liaison officer John Rushing – later becomes a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for Al Jazeera International (check out his YouTube channel). After I saw the documentary, I read Mission: Al Jazeera (2007) by Josh Rushing; he resigned from the Marines after he was forbidden to speak about the documentary with the press.

Read TIME’s interview with Rushing shortly after he accepted the job with Al Jazeera or look at Fast Company’s article.