The Family

Robert De Niro. Michelle Pfeiffer. Tommy Lee Jones. It can’t get much better than that. Unless you add them all together in a comedy movie. Then you might just have the blueprint for a great, and soon to be classic, movie.

When most see the title The Family and it deals with anything Italian, the idea that it’s a gangster movie usually comes to mind. A la The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino. Get the drift. Low and behold, that’s what this film is about, but with an intricate twist. More specifically, the main family in The Family is an actual family. Confused yet? Thought not.

It actually pits an Italian mob “family” versus a not so regular Italian family consisting of dad, mom, daughter and son. The latter family seems to be able to hold their own against the former in the trailer, but I think how the preview demonstrates that they’re a formidable opponent makes this a must see. The plot reads like this.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die-hard.

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Between Us

The fact that this independent movie had a number of honors is what caught my eye. I had never heard of it, but was drawn in by seeing things such as Winner Grand Jury Prize Bahamas International Film Festival , Official Selection Dallas Film Festival, Official Selection Atlanta Film International Festival, Special Screening Slamdance Film Festival, Official Selection Hamptons International Film Festival, and so on and so forth. This moved me to seek out what was the plot behind the film and I found,

Two couples reunite over two incendiary evenings where anything can happen in this darkly comedic story of best friends, marriage, love, disappointment and dreams.

This didn’t give me enough information so I then searched the internet and came upon one of the most trusted and credible sources in the world (probably the least), Wikipedia. The plot there was more of an explanation that could be followed and much less cryptic. It read,

Some things are better kept private, even among the best of friends. This is a lesson that couples Grace and Carlo (Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs), and Sharyl and George (Melissa George, David Harbour) learn the hard way. Taking place over two evenings set several years apart, the couples’ friendship becomes undone during two nights of frank conversation about sex, money and religion. Confrontation erupts as they realize their lives have moved in irrevocably different directions. As each couple’s fractured relationship is revealed in front of the other, the collateral damage is an old friendship.

The movie is based on Joe Hurtua’s award winning Broadway play, and director Dan Mirvish’s film features wonderfully emotional and complicated performances from all four accomplished actors who learn why some things should be kept just Between Us.

Brodway. Love. Money. Sex. Religion. Interacial couple. Compelling enough? Maybe not, but I’m always up for an independent film that has me doing countless hours (really minutes) of research to understand what it’s about. Trailer is below if you’re still not sold on it. Opinions are welcomed if you’ve seen it.

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The Purge

I was aware that this movie was released this weekend, and I initially thought it was just another horror or suspense movie. But after reading some things on the concept behind the movie, I became more interested to see it. In an interview with MTV.com, Ethan Hawke admits that the movie is both ‘Anti-Violent’ And ‘Extremely Violent’. This stems from the foundational question “What would you do to protect your family if it was threatened?”. The plot, according to the same MTV.com article, is as follows:

“The Purge” chronicles a family coming to terms with its own animalistic nature in a hypothetical future where the government legalizes all crime — including  murk — for one 12-hour period annually. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star as wealthy parents trying to protect themselves and their children when masked intruders break into their home to k!ll a fugitive to whom they offer asylum.

While it may not be for the faint of heart, I think it’s worth seeing just to explore the concept of when is violence truly acceptable, if ever at all. Check out the trailer below and the interview with Hawke here. Thanks for stopping by 3GW.

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LUV

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I came across this one at the beginning of 2013 and thought it would be a cool movie to see. Low and behold, I finally sat down 5 months later to watch and thought it was definitely worth posting. Very good performances by both leading male actors if I do say so myself, and an interesting story line to match. The story is about an 11-year-old boy named Woody who has to decide whether to follow in his hero’s steps or become his own man as he spends the day with his recently paroled uncle, whose attempt to right his life hits an unexpected snag. It has an extensive cast of recognizable African-Americans which includes Common, Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, and introducing Micheal Rainey, Jr. You can’t beat that, and it’s an independent film so I appreciate the story and characters just a bit more for some reason. The movie was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and took home several awards if I remember correctly.  Enjoy the trailer below and if you’ve already seen it let us know what you think. Thanks.

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Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

escape-fire-posterThis is a documentary I came across that seemed interesting enough to post. I thought it touched on a few things that I believe can help remedy the issue of exorbitant healthcare spending in the United States. The film examines the ever-present forces trying to maintain the status quo in a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care and not patient-driven care. The movie was released in October 2012, and although it may not be the most timeless documentary (according to some critics of the film) it still makes several good points about issues such as over-medication, over-treatment, and reimbursement. I personally believe that prevention of a lot of health issues is the ultimate goal that the healthcare industry should be trying to find ways to reach. The old saying “it’s so simple that it just might work” often comes to mind when I think of the prevention approach to treating patients, and it sometimes surprises me that many of my patients have no idea how to prevent some of the most common health disorders from happening. That is to say, most of the people who are suffering with and dying from these diseases don’t have enough of an understanding of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc., to know what it is and the basic principles of how they are developed let alone what is needed to prevent any of them. It’s a sad sight to see someone have their foot amputated, which I’ve seen far too many times in my short life as a doctor, because of something that could have been prevented by educating them about the importance of better dietary choices and regular exercise. I know a few people will read this and scoff at the idea that people don’t know that diet and exercise can help prevent a lot of health issues. Yet, if you and all of your family members & friends never were informed of a diagnosis nor its causes because for generations you never had regular access to medical care I think you may have a different opinion of these people and their understanding. If it was not until that moment when you are in the hospital bed getting the bad news that the only way to keep you alive it to remove your foot and this is this first time you heard the words diabetes mellitus uttered from any physician’s mouth, then I’m sure you would reconsider what it means to not focus on better efforts to prevent these diseases. However, if this doesn’t phase you one bit, and it doesn’t make you think what it’s like to be on the other side in that unfortunate situation. Just go and volunteer at a local hospital for 1 week. Sit and talk to some patients. Maybe then you will learn about the regularly declining health of so many that don’t deserve it. Maybe then you will see what it’s like to be in a position to help someone, yet too late to do anything about it. Maybe then you will see what I’ve seen, and maybe then you will have a better answer to fixing the problems that prevention is apparently to antiquated to remedy.

Sorry if that was too much, but as you can tell I’ve been through some things with and for my patients. Check out the trailer below if you’re still interested. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the rest of 3GW when you get a chance.

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Redemption

Came across this seemingly and hopefully action-packed piece not too long ago and decided to post it. It stars Jason Statham, and seems to be a movie where he will eventually kill everyone single-handedly. Now some may have a problem with that but sometimes I think you need to have some pure adrenaline type of movies where things like this happen to keep a balance in the world. Maybe it’s just me.

Set to be released in summer of 2013, Redemption has a plot that goes like this…

Homeless and on the run from a military court-martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process.

Check out the trailer below and enjoy.

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