By Melissa Chapman
During the holidays, I had the occasion to watch a few new DVD releases. Below are three that you might enjoy.
“Fahrenheit 11/9” is Michael Moore’s new satirical documentary that probes the reason why Donald Trump was elected. While Moore strongly opposes Trump, this film is not a partisan defense of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Moore explains that Trump did not rise out of a vacuum. Instead, his election was a result of a steady erosion in trust in America’s major political parties and the decimation of America’s industrial heartland.
He sadly explains how Obama, the Clintons and Trump are all sides of the same coin. “Fahrenheit 11/9” does a great job of covering the Flint crisis as well. The main selling point of the film is most people do not vote. If politics interest you, I recommend this film. You will find points to agree and disagree.
“A Simple Favor” is a great Hollywood film with lots of twists and turns. Stephanie, played by Anna Kendrick, is a suburban single mom with lots of energy. She unexpectedly makes friends with fellow mom Emily, an aloof fashion plate with a handsome husband, a great house and an outwardly picture-perfect life. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie sets out to solve the mystery, quickly discovering she did not know her friend as well as she thought. “A Simple Favor” is a tightly plotted puzzle with amusing dialogue and creepy themes.
The grisly case of the Borden axe murders has fascinated me since I was a young child, so I was pleased to see the Warsaw Community Public Library had purchased a few copies of the biopic “Lizzie.” This film version offers a unique but convincing possibility regarding the historical infamous murders in Fall River. Chloe Sevigny plays Lizzie Borden, who in 1892 was tried and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe. The case officially remains unsolved.
This is not a horror movie but a modern examination of the familiar story of an alleged cold-blooded killer. The film attempts to show how a woman still dependent upon her father, an “old maid” in the parlance of the era, with nowhere to turn and no one who would sympathize with her, was slowly driven mad.