Thursday, November 07, 2013

Film Festival Reviews

Wade Financial Group founder Jerry Wade has been attending the Savannah film festival for over 5 years and is an avid film enthusiast.  Because of Jerry's passion for film it was only natural that Wade Financial Group recently helped sponsor the Twin Cities Film Festival.  Below we have an inside look of the top movies from each of these recent festivals.  Jatin Setia’s, the founder of the Twin Cities Film Festival, and Jerry Wade each give their top five movies from this year’s festivals.

Jerry’s Savannah Film Festival Top Five

1.      The Pretty One
When a woman's identical prettier twin sister dies, the woman assumes her sister's identity, moving into her apartment and the big city.

2.      About Tim
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

3.      The Book Thief
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

4.      Philomena
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

5.      Nebraska
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Jatin’s Twin Cities Film Festival Top Five

1.     We Are What We Are
As an unrelenting downpour continues to flood a small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers, a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, have held closely for so many years.
2.     Winter in the Blood
Virgil wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana, hungover and badly beaten. He returns home to his ranch on the reservation, only to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's taken his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out of town find her - or perhaps just the gun - beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated and possibly imagined intrigues in town with the mysterious "Airplane Man", a beautiful barmaid, and two dangerous Men in Suits. Are they real? Or spirits guiding him away from his true path?
3.     The Armstrong Lie
Four years ago, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney was commissioned to film Lance Armstrong's second comeback, for the 2009 Tour de France. Years later, following Armstrong's cheating confessions, Gibney returned to his original source material, discovering in the process an electrifying, red-handed portrait of a liar in action.
4.     August: Osage County
A dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwestern house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
5.     Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society.

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