Author: J.D. Duran

A Ghost Story and The Importance of Seeking Closure

David Lowery’s latest film, A Ghost Story, is out now in theaters and I cannot urge you enough to go see if you haven’t already. It is one of the most unique films I’ve ever seen to feature ghosts and envision what it might be like on the other side of death. At least emotionally, I imagine that we don’t wear bed sheets with scissor cut holes for eyes as we wonder about finding our place in the afterlife. It sounds silly on the surface, and I’d like be lying if I said I didn’t chuckle at it initially...

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The Red Turtle: Life, Love, & Death

This review may contain spoilers.  Overview: A shipwrecked man encounters a giant red sea turtle. Wild Bunch/Lumiere/Toho; 2016; Rated PG; 80 minutes. Ghibli Factor: The Red Turtle is the first non-Japanese film from Studio Ghibli, about a man who becomes stranded on a deserted island, eventually meeting – you guessed it – a red turtle. However, it’s much more than that. Without using dialogue, the film uses expression and symbolism to (literally) paint a beautiful portrait about love, connection and perseverance as it relates to the cyclical nature of life and death. Dudok de Wit is intent to linger on how...

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