5 Tales of Human Kindness from Tilda Swinton
Tortured mom in We Need to Talk About Kevin
To Be or Not To Be
"By Ernst Lubitsch. Simply one of the funniest, cleverest, silliest, and--given that it was made during the Second World War--maybe most breathtakingly courageous films in existence. Jack Benny, beyond hilarious, and Carole Lombard, surely the wittiest screen beauty of all time, play actors acting themselves out of Nazi-occupied Poland. The switchback between the ridiculous and the chilling is ingenious. All in all, sublime."
My Neighbor Totoro
"The practical magic of childhood: two little sisters move to a new home in the country with their father, and their mother's in hospital. New school, new neighbors, house and wood spirits. Hayao Miyazaki's universe is reliably recognizable precisely because of the ease with which it accepts the wonder at every turn that being 5 (or 10) entails. At its heart, of course, is the bond of love, the infallible wisdom of nature, and the true company of invisible friends."
A Canterbury Tale
"Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's elegy to the idyll of culture in the face of war, the garden of England and its mystical history--and to the comradeship of allies. …