Friday, February 8, 2008 1:54 PM
Here are the movie choices for the next movie night with some info copy-pasted from Netflix. Please don?t forget to go to the ?polls? link and vote for the film you would like to see.
The Life of Brian (1979)
The crown princes of British comedy are at it again -- this time, in a send-up of the life and times of Jesus Christ. Perhaps the most controversial (and offensive, to some) Python film, Life of Brian tells the tall tale of a peasant boy born the same night as the Christ child -- in an adjoining stable. Laughs mount as their lives increasingly intersect.
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
This chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel envisions the near future, in which most women are sterile and right-wing fundamentalists rule. Caught trying to escape the brutal regime, the still-fertile Kate (Natasha Richardson) is forced to serve as a handmaid for the powerful Commander (Robert Duvall) and his barren wife (Faye Dunaway). But unless she can produce an heir for the couple, Kate faces exile ... and possibly death.
O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)
Three convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson) break out of jail during the 1920s with an eye toward retrieving a cache of hidden money. Along the way, they fast-talk their way out of jams, sidestep alluring riverside sirens and record a hit country song. O Brother is a rollicking romp in the tradition of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's "road" pictures.
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
In response to dwindling attendance at the annual Passion Play put on by a Montreal church, some actors are hired to stage a more radical interpretation of Christ's teachings. The new version is an instant success, but also incurs the wrath of church hierarchy. This film won 12 Genies (Canadian Academy Awards), including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. It also won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 1989. Denys Arcand directs.
Leap of Faith (1992)
The Reverend Jonas Nightingale (Steve Martin) is far from holy; in fact, he uses his spiritual influence for financial gain, lining his pockets with the faith of generous believers he encounters as a traveling evangelist. When his tour bus gets stranded in a small town, however, Jonas meets an affirmed skeptic with whom he miraculously falls in love. Is it a match made in heaven?