Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Memory at the movies...

Within a 24 span I viewed Oscar nominees The Reader and Waltz With Bashir. Both films featured the concept of memory as a central theme. However, I came out of The Reader thinking that it was a terrible film, whereas I loved Waltz with Bashir. The Reader failed to create a single protagonist, and it lacked coherence as it told its story of love, tragedy, justice, and war. Waltz with Bashir succeeded in nearly every area that disappointed me in The Reader. Besides presenting a documentary in the most innovative fashion that I've seen in years, Waltz with Bashir analyzed the potential inaccuracies of memory in a most vivid and unique way. I am still shocked that The Reader was nominated for Best Picture while The Wrestler was snubbed, but that's another story for another day.

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