SamHenry’s Picks for Cheap Saturday Night Flicks for 12/4/2010

Posted on December 4, 2010


OK so we’re seriously into the season of joy in our hearts, worry in our minds and no money in our pockets.  We are really in need of some cheap trips to fantasy land via SamHenry’s picks for flicks this Saturday.

Menorahs bring the gift of light that reminds us of one among many successful struggles over adversity in the history of the Jewish people.  Autumn Light, a movie that handles the holocaust in the minds and  lives of three adults in our time, caught my eye last week as I pushed my grocery cart past the cheap flicks bin. I had discovered a a film with a Canadian title and another in the US.  Wikipedia explains better than SamHenry:

Emotional Arithmetic (2008) is a Canadian/American drama directed by Paolo Barzman, based on the novel by Matt Cohen, about the emotional consequences for three Holocaust survivors when they are reunited decades later. The film stars Gabriel Byrne, Roy Dupuis, Christopher Plummer, Susan Sarandon, and Max von Sydow. It opened at the Toronto Film Festival, in Toronto, Canada, on September 15, 2007, and was released, in Canada, on April 18, 2008.

When released by Image Entertainment on DVD in the US, on July 22, 2008, the film’s title differed from that of its theatrical release; the US DVD is called Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning.

SamH of course picked up Autumn Hearts. It’s available as a $2.99 rental at Amazon.  When searching for info or for a DVD or download of this movie, be sure to add the “s” on  “hearts” because this movie is Autumn Hearts, not the movie called Autumn Heart. And the poet asks “what’s in a name”?

For family fare, Jack Frost is a happy-sad Christmas movie starring one of my all-time favorite actors, Michael Keaton.  It’s about a Dad who is killed in a car crash but who comes back from the hereafter to help  his young son adjust to his loss.  Jack Frost finds Keaton in the role of a ghostly father returning as the snowman in the front yard.  It is the little film that could – an often overlooked movie that is fast becoming a Christmas classic.

Not to be confused with Jack Frost: Revenge of the Mutant Snowman, it is not available for download in the usual places but it is available for purchase in used copies at Amazon. It may turn up on TV or you could keep searching for a download free or otherwise.  The full movie has been pulled from YouTube by some Grinch.

Finally, want the comfort of times gone by?  Want a little upbeat song and dance by that dynamic duo that will never be duplicated in any other human frames in any other time period?  Hop on over to Youtube and search under Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Doesn’t do it for you?  OK.  Search May West and see how she handles men and men and, W.C. Fields and well more men and Cary Grant?  Who let him in?

See you next week.

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