Tuesday’s Flick Picks
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Biopic. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy, and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.
Cunningham (2019) Documentary. Cunningham traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers.
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Documentary. Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Garry Winogrand made over 1 million of them with his 35mm Leica camera, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. The film tells the story of an artist whose rise and fall was – like America’s in the late decades of the 20th century – larger-than-life, full of contradictions and totally unresolved.
Woman at War (2018) Comedy. A fifty-year-old independent woman leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” she secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry.
A Man Called Ove (2015) Comedy-drama. English subtitles. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Tune in to see what happens!
Headhunters (2011) Drama, thriller. Norwegian with English subtitles. Based on the novel by the popular Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø, Headhunters follows Roger Brown, a man at the peak of his profession. His earnings are not enough to support his indulgent lifestyle, however, so he steals valuable works of art as a hobby. After a job goes awry, his untouchable status is threatened and his deceitful private life revealed. Directed by Moten Tydlum, the film draws its strengths from being able to produce old-fashioned thrills and spills without the use of special effects.
This week, go on an adventure with Thor Heyerdahl in one of the two films, an award-winning documentary, or dramatized accounting of the adventurer’s journey across the Pacific Ocean.
This week’s Flick Pick is Becoming Astrid (2018, Swedish with English subtitles). The biopic of Astrid Lindgren, author of numerous children’s books, including the well-known Pippi Longstocking.
his is Orson Welles’ second feature film about the declining fortunes of an affluent family at the turn of the 20th century in Indianapolis. Adapted from the acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan—at the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled.
American Experience: New York (1999-2003) is a multi-part television series on the history of New York. Ric Burns, a documentary film historian, captures the complex and dynamic city in a sweeping narrative that covers 400 years and 400 square miles.