Give the gift of “hope” with the DVD documentary REINVENT› ING ROSALEE› (Random Media DVD, 2018). Rosalee Glass, a Holocaust survivor taken prisoner at a Russian gulag in Siberia during WW2, shares her inspiring story of survival and transformation. After starting an acting career in her 80s, she went on to win a beauty pageant in her 90s, was seen by millions in a Super Bowl commercial and dared to ride with Alaskan sled dogs at 100. Winner of over 36 film awards including Alaska International Film Festival 2018. Winner -Festival Award Best Documentary, Lillian Glass (director).
PG-13. 111 Minutes.
Here comes an interesting film about one of the world’s bestselling novelist of the Hobbits. Yes, we get a glimpse at the early years of The Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien in Tolkien (Fox Searchlight Films). TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt (Lily Collins) until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels. With glimpses of dragons and Middle- Earth, wizards and things to come, Nicholas Holt makes a fine Tolkien and has matured into a fine dramatic actor. The tone of the time line was beautifully captured cinematically by director Dome Karukoski. The film flashes back and forth with Tolkien’s childhood, the loss of his parents, new friendships then flashes of World War 1 and his love of creating imaginary stories with new made-up languages. This is an unusual period film that’s character driven, and is also a story about art, love and friendship. Tolkien’s choice of creative friends became a group that changed the world through art. We see Tolkien’s love for nature and beauty and the contrast of the horrors of war that shaped him as a legendary writer who invented the worlds of Middle-Earth, etc.
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