The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

Directed by Rebecca Miller Jack and his daughter Rose live together on an isolated, mostly self-sustaining community that once housed dozens of young, free-spirited hippies.  He is dying, and she has it in mind to kill herself when he does.  If her pronouncement frightens him, he doesn't show it.  Instead Jack (Daniel Day-Lewis) quietly resolves … Continue reading The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Directed by Stephen Frears A social-minded independent film centered around a small business which escalates into some level of violence, My Beautiful Laundrette feels like the precursor to Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.  It's theatrical with its plotting, but every dramatic turn seems to say something about society at large.  In that way the scope … Continue reading My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)