On Three of a Kind, Steve Sarmento uncovers the hidden connective tissue between three films you might not expect. Hidden cinema connections, part of The Next Reel family of film podcasts on TruStory FM.
This Is America: Article 2
As he began watching some Oscar nominated short films, their themes grabbed Steve’s attention. These films speak to something that is strongly connected to America. Perhaps the lens we are viewing films through lately is one that comes from our nation's attempt to define — or some would say redefine — who we are. The art a nation creates reflects the conflicts within it. Welcome to America: Article 2.
This Is America
Is this America? Steve Sarmento paints a picture of patriotism as it has been rewritten in cinema in Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, and Minari.
Whether you’re a creative person, or someone who cringes at the thought of art, you’re going to find something to enjoy about this month’s three of a kind.
Who Are You?
This month we get to meet Truman, Teddy, and Rhoda, three people who, to put it simply, have issues they need to deal with. You may think you know yourself and what you are or aren’t capable of, but you’re probably wrong. Our three heroes learn a lot about themselves, so much that they may even wish they could forget it. The Truman Show, Shutter Island, and Another Earth are three films that will give you plenty to think about, and perhaps even cause you to learn something about yourself.
This month’s three of a kind takes on music, magic, and a great meal. Amadeus, The Prestige, and Big Night are three films that explore characters with a single-minded focus that drives them toward success but at a tremendous cost. Ambition, tenacity, and a spirit that never gives up can be the keys to success, but what happens if that energy is misguided or directed toward a selfish goal?
The three family action films, ‘Legend of the Guardians’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, aren’t just for kids. These movies give parents the opportunity to discuss the difference between heroes and guardians and how even the most ordinary can make a difference for someone else.