Thursday, August 28, 2008

Goodnight Mister Tom

Dir: Jack Gold, 1998 (9.9*)

This small Masterpiece Theater film, from a novel by Michelle Magorian, is a major understated masterpiece. John Thaw (of Inspector Morse fame) is an embittered widower in the English countryside forced to take in a child evacuee from London, played by Nick Robinson, during World War II. What follows is a simple story of how care and understanding can overcome personal grief and private torment, and when well done, without sentimentality. This small and unassuming film is a rare miracle of grace and character.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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