LAFF 2012 Reviews: Robot & Frank and The House I Live In
As we conclude our reviews of films seen at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, we will tackle two very different films with different outlooks on the future.
Robot & Frank
Official Synopsis: Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. Robot & Frank features an award winning cast including Academy Award nominee Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.
Thoughts: In Robot & Frank, we get to see the future through the eyes of an old man who gets a robot to aid him in his day to day. With a lot of light moments and fun dialogue, the film takes us on an emotional ride in which we come out feeling that we just saw a glimpse of our future. Anyone who has an even remote interest in robotics and sci-fi would love this movie.
Favorite moment: Robot guilt tripping Frank.
Rating: 8 out of 10 stars
You can watch a trailer of below.
The House I Live In
Official Synopsis: Filmed in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
Thoughts: This documentary offers a grim yet realistic glimpse into the bleak direction that this country is taking in its supposed War On Drugs, which is really the War on Poor People. I came in with some pretty strong pre-conceptions of the world of drugs and came out with those ideas shattered to pieces. This is not an apologetic view of drugs but more of a challenge of the assumptions behind the War on Drugs. If you want to have your mind blown, then watch this documentary.
Favorite moment: Listening to Eugene Jarecki after the screening. He made the most compelling argument for the legalization of drugs that I have ever heard.
Rating: 9 out of 10 stars