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Movie: District 9 (2009, English)

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Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Released in 2009
Genre Science FIction
Cast Sharlto Copley as Wikus van de Merwe
Music by Clinton Shorter
Produced by Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham
Language English
Length 1 hour 52 mins
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District 9 is a 2009 gritty, grimy, science fiction thriller placed in South Africa. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the movie uses relatively unknown actors – Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, and David James and adapts a pseudo-documentary style (at least at the start). District 9 was inspired by events during the apartheid era in District Six, Cape Town. The film won many awards and nominations. With a relatively low budget of 30 million US$, it was a box office hit with a collection of over 210 million US$.

“Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.”

– Rotten Tomatoes

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Movie: The Shawshank Redemption (1994, English, US)

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Directed by Frank Darabont
Released in 1994
Genre Prison Drama
Cast Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding
Bob Gunton as Warden Samuel Norton
Music by Thomas Newman
Produced by Niki Marvin
Language English
Based On Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption – A 100 page novella  by Stephen King
Length 2 hours 22 mins
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The Plot, the Setting

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American prison drama film starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton. It is about a financial wizard a serving a life sentence for a double murder. The protagonist Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), lives his days and years in prison, through good, bad, and nasty times, while he maintains the hope that one day he will be free.
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Movie: What is Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993, English, US)

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Directed by Lasse Hallström
Released in 1993
Genre Family Drama, Romance
Cast
  • Johnny Depp as Gilbert Grape
  • Juliette Lewis as Becky (Gilbert Grape’s romantic interest)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Arnie Grape (Gilbert Grape’s brother)
  • Mary Steenburgen as Betty Carver (Gilbert Grape’s casual lover)
  • Darlene Cates as Bonnie Grape (Gilbert Grape’s mother)
Music by Alan Parker and Björn Isfält
Produced by David Matalon, Bertil Ohlsson, and Meir Teper
Language English
Length 1 hour 58 minutes
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The Plot, the Setting

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? is a 1993 American family drama film starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, and Darlene Cates. It is a gentle, heartwarming film about a dysfunctional family in a small town somewhere in the US mid-west. The protagonist is Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), a grocery clerk in his early twenties taking care of his family consisting of his 500+ pound obese mother (Darlene Cates), a mentally challenged younger brother (DiCaprio) and two teen-aged sisters.
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Movie: Fargo (1996, English, US)

Fargo, a 1996 crime thriller with black humor, is based in Fargo (Minesotta, USA) and a nearby town – Brainerd. The events in the movie take place around 1987.

Here is a quote from the movie:

“So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’t you know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well, I just don’t understand it”.

– Police Chief Marge Gunderson, talking to a kidnapper, after apprehending him

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Directed by Joel Coen
Released in 1996
Genre Crime, Black Humor
Cast
  • Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson (the Police Chief)
  • William H. Macy as Jerry Lundegaard (the Car Dealership Manager)
  • Steve Buscemi as Carl Showalter (a kidnapper)
  • Peter Stormare as Gaear Grimsrud (another kidnapper)
  • Harve Presnell as Wade Gustafson (Jerry’s father-in-law)
  • Kristin Rudrüd as Jean Lundegaard (Jerry’s wife)
  • Tony Denman as Scotty Lundegaard (Jerry’s son)
Music by Carter Burwell
Produced by Ethan Coen
Language English
Length 1 hour 38 minutes

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The Plot

Fargo, a crime thriller with black humor, is based in Fargo (Minesotta, USA) and a nearby town – Brainerd. The events are placed  somewhere around 1987.

Jerry Lundegaard (played by William Macy), is the manager of a car dealership belonging to his rich businessman father-in-law, Wade Gustafson. Jerry has low capability and high ambitions.

He is also in money trouble, and is desperate to get a large amount. Jerry plans out an harebrained,  criminal scheme to get some money out of his father-in-law. He hires two goons to kidnap his wife, so that he can extract the ransom money from his father-in-law. He promises to share the ransom with the thugs.
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Movie: The Reader (2008, English, US-Germany)

The Reader is a romantic drama (with some element of suspense) spread over many years (1958 to 1995). The story is linked to the WW-II atrocities committed by Nazis and the attempts of Germans to come to terms with their own implicit role in those atrocities.

Here is a quote from the movie:

“The question is `How could you let it happen?’ And better -`Why didn’t you kill yourself when you found out?’ Thousands! That’s how many. There were thousands of camps. Everyone knew”.

– Dieter, a law student emotionally asking his professor in The Reader

The movie won critical acclaim and a lot of awards, including the best actress for Kate Winslet  at the Academy Awards.

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Directed by Stephen Daldry
Released in December 2008
Genre Romance; Drama
Cast
  • Kate Winslet, as Hanna Schmitz, a tram conductor and ex-soldier in WW-II
  • David Kross as Michael Berg from the age of 15 to 23 (schoolboy to law school student)
  • Ralph Fiennes as Michael Berg, the adult.
Music by Nico Muhly
Produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
Language English
Length 2 hours 4 mins

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The Plot

In the year 1958 in a German city, a 15-year-old schoolboy, Michael Berg (David Kross) is helped by tram conductor Hanna Schmitz (played by Kate Winslet), when he suddenly takes ill on his way back from school.

This accidental meeting becomes a clandestine, torrid affair between the teenage boy and the woman in her mid-thirties. Michael is obsessed with Hanna and Hanna seems to enjoy his company, especially when he reads to her from his books (these range from classics by Homer and Chekov to Tintin comics).
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