Consumables #147 Watching: Two Beautiful Films

Well, there went January. Onward to the most dreaded of month. Blerg. Not only is it the month with the most ghastly extra “r” in it (Frebruary, why don’t you) but it’s also the one where all holiday shiny times are over, new year sparkle is faded, and the wintry Seattle slog is truly on. It’s the month where I start to think that the sun truly may never come back and I just want to crouch in my house like Gollum, forgetting the taste of bread.

Ha ha, as if. The single thing that would save me from becoming a Gollum would be that my remembrance of bread would remain eternal.

I have been having a movie lucky streak lately. Here are a couple I have loved recently, in case you need something to do inside your Gollum cave.

The Wolfpack: A documentary filmmaker in Manhattan notices a group of teen brothers who are hanging out in her neighborhood park. She strikes up a conversation with them and ends up making this film about them. The six brothers have been homeschooled by their parents and, during most of their childhood, were allowed to leave their apartment only a handful of times. Like, maybe once a year or so. As a result they have created ways of satisfying their imaginations by re-enacting movies inside their home. I know it sounds depressing, but trust me. It’s so beautiful. These boys! They are so goodhearted, so creative. I wanted to adopt all of them. A beautiful story about taking control of one’s own life, and where freedom is.

Charlie’s Country: Naming favorite movies is so hard, but if I made a list of my top ten favorites, Rabbit Proof Fence would be on that list. That was the first time I was introduced to the work of David Gulpilil, who played the tracker. He’s the kind of person you can’t take your eyes off. In this one, he is spectacular. I hope you watch it. He will break your heart.

Head down, push forward. February.

One comment

  1. Gosh! I recognized the unusual name “Gulpilil” and thought, wasn’t he the aboriginal kid in “Walkabout”? and I clicked on your link and there was this older guy in the photo — wow, how we’ve all aged. Haven’t seen him since Peter Weir’s “The Third Wave”. What a shock. I agree, he’s a riveting presence.

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