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HUMAN LIVES - films that understand people warts and all

Mark Meynell "quaesitor"
 
The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
"you'd think a German film with subtitles about a bloke sitting in an attic listening to other people wouldn't amount to much; but it's simply 1 of the most perfect films; humane & profoundly affecting"
The Good Shepherd [DVD]
The Good Shepherd [DVD]
"searing, challenging, thought-provoking despite its length"
Schindler's List [DVD] [1994]
Schindler's List [DVD] [1994]
"for strong stomachs but necessary viewing - Schindler is no saint but even lowlifes do great things"
Sideways [DVD] [2004]
Sideways [DVD] [2004]
"It's not just about the wine - poignant, well-observed and real"
The Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005]
The Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005]
"a thriller yes, but ultimately it is a love story between two people trying to come to terms with the dark side of Africa and the west's meddling"
Crimes And Misdemeanours [DVD] [1990]
Crimes And Misdemeanours [DVD] [1990]
"Woody Allen's often overlooked sharp film about guilt and its repercussions"
Cry Freedom [DVD] [1987]
Cry Freedom [DVD] [1987]
"powerful indictment of things that really did happen - terrifying"
Downfall (1 Disc Edition) [DVD]
Downfall (1 Disc Edition) [DVD]
"assiduously avoids caricature or demonisation - it reminds us that Hitler was a human being - and is all the more unsettling for that"
The Gathering Storm [DVD] [2002]
The Gathering Storm [DVD] [2002]
"on the other side, Churchill, equally real and iniitally almost alone in realising the threat Hitler was - a film of the personal battles and sacrifices made by people to make this known"
Lost in Translation [DVD] [2004]
Lost in Translation [DVD] [2004]
"whimsical but all too familiar for anyone who has been struck down by culture shock, lostness and loneliness"
Good Night and Good Luck [DVD]
Good Night and Good Luck [DVD]
"David Strathairn is a revelation - very human and vulnerable - but dignified and resolute  in his resistance to Macarthyism"
Heat [DVD] [1995]
Heat [DVD] [1995]
"a thriller and cops and robbers film for sure - but there is something quite spectacular about the understated scene in the diner where Pacino and De Niro simply have a coffee"
The Insider [DVD] [2000]
The Insider [DVD] [2000]
"Crowe very credible as the ordinary scientist sacrificing everything for the sake of his moral integrity without while confronting massive fear - another classic Pacino mo: on the phone in the seaea"
Insomnia [DVD] [2002]
Insomnia [DVD] [2002]
"well, while we're with the awesome Pacino: fascinating but flawed film - Pacino makes it as the cop struggling with his own demons tracking down a creepy nutter, Williams, without his usual schmaltz"
Reality Bites [DVD] [1994]
Reality Bites [DVD] [1994]
"90s pomo relationships - well it's where people have been at for a few years, stuck in their McJobs and wondering what on earth it's all about"
Syriana [DVD] [2005] [2006]
Syriana [DVD] [2005] [2006]
"incredibly complex web of relationships and agendas - no easy answers, it leaves you reeling wondering how on earth this world's mess can be sorted left alone addressed"
Traffic [DVD] [2001]
Traffic [DVD] [2001]
"similar complexity but instead of the middle east, this has the morass of the drugs trade in its sights"
Local Hero [DVD]
Local Hero [DVD]
"The Scottish highlands at their most beautiful, gentle and comic - how can one not love it?! Burt Lancaster in classic form"
The Miracle Maker [DVD]
The Miracle Maker [DVD]
"a story that's 2000 years old, an army of marionettes, a film that is clearly not 'real' - but it is the most real and life-changing story of them all - for all humans, warts and all!"
Kandahar [DVD] [2001]
Kandahar [DVD] [2001]
"daring and brilliant - human beings in the most oppressive of circumstances - Taliban Afghanistan - but certainly don't buy it at this price!"
The Killing Fields [DVD]
The Killing Fields [DVD]
"very powerful and moving - Ngor is a revelation as an actor, drawing on his own horrific experiences in Cambodia - was  tragically killed in America in 1996 by a gang"
Good Will Hunting [DVD] [1998]
Good Will Hunting [DVD] [1998]
"It's not your fault!"
Casablanca - Special Edition [DVD]
Casablanca - Special Edition [DVD]
"a classic - the start of a beautiful friendship"
The Incredibles (2-disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2004]
The Incredibles (2-disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2004]
"this is a film that is SO not just for kids - i love it - hilarious and stunning visually - but what i love most are the realities of family and married life despite it all - brilliantly observed"
The Dish [DVD] [2001]
The Dish [DVD] [2001]
"another whimsical favourite - gentle pace but very real - beautifully drawn characters. Will never forget the Parkes version of the US national anthem!"