|Anthony Hopkins (left) Alfred Hitchcock (right).|
The Kid With a Bike, released last year in Belgium, it's just now making its way to the US:
In a turn around, the next two kids are abandoned by their mother after their father finally gets out of prison. Wild Bill shows us another man having problems being a dad:
These are only two films, yet two more films may give us an insight into why men are having problems being the men and the fathers they need to be. I am primarily interested in Magic Mike because Hollywood is building a rather substantial dialogue about male sexuality (specifically abstinence which comes from Immortals, Shame, Wrath Of the Titans, This Means War) and it will be interesting to see what Mike really wants to do and how, if at all, he manages a conversion (the point of all art is conversion of some sort):
We have seen Rock Of Ages before but this is the second trailer and while I don't like nudity in films, it hints at dealing with some of the problems starting in the 1980s being the reasons for problems today:
Similarly, Blackthorn, about the still living Butch Cassidy of outlaw fame, (was released in the US in February), provides us with a role model for men that might not be the best:
To re-enforce the seriousness of examining masculinity and the role men are called to play in society and the family, Babycall will probably show us how a bad man ruins three lives: his wife's, his child's and his own:
I know very little about The Gospel Of Us: a big company moves in and tries to take over a town and the father who has been missing for 40 days does the only thing left for hm to do, sacrifice himself.
It was released in the US in February, but is getting around remarkably slow: Mozart's Sister.
For those interested in the auteur approach to film--the study of a particular director's way of making film--one name is usually on everyone's top ten list: Werner Herzog. With such films as The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser and Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, his newest film Into the Abyss examines killing in society:
The Island President draws our attention to the fact that not all countries are sinking just because of debt:
Even if we aren't getting a chance to see all the films coming out, it helps to have an idea of recurring topics and themes to connect with the films we do catch.