THE NEW WORLD
2005, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

Dreamy, effervescent and endlessly poetic, Terrence Malick’s reimagining of the 1607 founding of Jamestown and the legendary love triangle between Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell), Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) and John Rolfe (Christian Bale) has recently been described by critics as a “misunderstood masterpiece.” Malick superbly crafts and endows his tale with a raw, haunting sense of realism: He famously chose to use natural lighting, hand-held cameras and a painstakingly detailed set constructed just down-river from the original site of Jamestown. Historically and cinematically important, THE NEW WORLD is a refreshingly complex alternative to the simplified national foundational myths that currently populate American culture.


AN AMERICAN TAIL
1986, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Don Bluth

Young Russian mouse Fievel (voiced by Phillip Glasser) and his family are immigrating to America, a refuge they mistakenly think is cat-free, when he is separated from his parents and sister. Forced to fend for himself in a strange land that most certainly has a nasty feline presence, Fievel bands together with streetwise Italian mouse Tony (Pat Musick) and politically oriented Irish mouse Bridget (Cathianne Blore), and together the three concoct a fantastic plan to rid New York City of its cats once and for all. With the voice talents of Christopher Plummer as inspirational French pigeon Henri, and John Finnegan as the unscrupulous Warren T. Rat.


STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
1991, Paramount, 110 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Meyer

With the Klingon world threatened by irreversible ecological disaster, the Federation and the Klingon chancellor (David Warner) offer an olive branch to each other to save the race, and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) is chosen as the Federation’s representative. Things go quickly downhill when a very high-ranking Klingon is assassinated, and Kirk and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), framed for the murder, end up in a wintry, gulag-style labor camp. With Christopher Plummer.


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