TV & Film
We close out November with one of the best dramatic films to come out of the 90s, Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (1997). It’s a simple story, but how this Rick Moody novel was adapted into a movie perfectly embodies American families going through transition. Although it was highly praised by critics and viewers alike, this movie often slips by the radar. Lee takes human realness, struggling with the mundane, familial claustrophobia and sexual repression, then wraps it into a story that feels familiar. Perhaps, it may even hit too close to home for some.
▶️ Set around Thanksgiving in 1973, The Ice Storm explores the inner disconnection existing in two neighboring families, and also how they are individually (and secretly) involved with one another. We’ll discuss how the film looks at human desires and what happens when we suppress our feelings or decide to act on impulses. The themes of this film run deep, focusing on the political climate of the decade, the inability for parents and children to relate, subdued emotions, adulterous escapades and the sexual exploration parallel existing from adolescence to adulthood. We also go into how the ending of the film was an extremely bold move, along with how the all-star cast greatly assists in bringing this relatable story to life.
▶️ Picks of the Week focus on other films by Sigourney Weaver. Justin opted for 1993’s Dave, which not only stars Weaver, but also Kline of The Ice Storm. The Ivan Reitman film is about what happens when a presidential impersonator assumes the place of the real Commander-in-Chief. Lindsay chose Weaver’s gut-wrenching Gorillas in the Mist (1988), a biopic about the passionate primatologist and conservationist, Dian Fossey — her life’s mission, work with gorillas and untimely murder.
▶️ This week’s MurrayMoment takes us on the journey between Weaver and Billy Murray. They’re both very different types of actors, so is it possible they could come together on a grassroots stage drama?
▶️ Though our main feature is set in the 1970s, The Ice Storm is a timeless story. It’s not just a about people experiencing their miserable lives — it’s about realizing what your life has become and what how one chooses to react. The American Dream is over, but the hangover is just beginning.
Episode 47 : Misery
Episode 46 : I Shot Andy Warhol
Episode 45 : The Thing (1982)
Episode 44 : Thelma & Louise
Episode 43 : The Warriors
Episode 42 : Uncle Buck
Episode 41 : 80's vs 90's Slashers
Episode 40 : The Blob (1988)
Episode 39 : Candyman
Episode 38 : The Burbs
Episode 37 : Eraserhead
Episode 36 : Coming To America
Episode 35 : Deliverance
Episode 34 : Magnolia
Episode 33 : RE-ANIMATOR
Episode 32 : New Jack City
Episode 31 : But I'm A Cheerleader
Episode 30 : Repo Man
Episode 29 : Ghostbusters (1984)
Episode 28 : A Fish Called Wanda
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