Category Archives: Coming of Age Film

My Father My Lord

  I didn’t realize how perfect a title “My Father My Lord” was until I started this review. Menahem Eidelman is a young boy—nine or ten—and he’s filled with curiosity about the world. His mother, Esther, is a young woman, … Continue reading

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Super 8 (2011)

(nb: Thanks Brother Marky for making me watch this) “Super 8” is director J.J. Abrams’s loving tribute to Stephen Spielberg’s films of childhood wonder, films like “E.T. The Extraterrestrial,” “Close Encounters of The Third Kind,” and “The Goonies.” It’s sort … Continue reading

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Young and Wild (Joven y Alocada) (2012)

Seventeen-year-old Daniela is in a slightly delicate situation. On one hand, she’s a member of a fervent Evangelical family, the kinds of people who go to church several times a week and speak in tongues at home. On the other … Continue reading

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My Summer of Love (2004)

“My Summer of Love” is a movie with some truly lovely moments–two girls sharing a kiss in front of a fire, two girls sharing the beauty of a lush forest, two girls sharing the beauty of a flower-covered hill…you get … Continue reading

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My Life as a Dog (1985)

“My Life as a Dog” follows the life of a young boy going through some rough times, and how he uses his imagination and eccentricity to escape. His name is Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius). He’s eleven or so when the film … Continue reading

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Wilby Wonderful (2004)

My Canadian friend, Emily, and I joke that I should move to her beloved Nova Scotia at once. After watching “Wilby Wonderful,” I might just do that (even though they have freezing fog there–what the hell is that about???) In … Continue reading

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Walkabout (1971)

If you recall from “Crocodile Dundee,” a “walkabout” is when an Aborigine goes out on his own for awhile, learning about life and seeking a spiritual awakening. In “Walkabout,” there is an Aboriginal youth (David Gulpilil) who is out on … Continue reading

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