Theeb

A few days ago in the library, a man was returning a DVD, and for some reason he started talking to me about it.  It was a film called “Theeb,” and the man said that it was made in a simple and straightforward style that was prevalent thirty or forty years ago.  I didn’t know what he meant by that, and not wanting to get sucked into a long and rambling discussing, I didn’t say anything.  I left work and stopped by Bongo Burger to have a hamburger, and then at home I sat down to watch this movie.  It was a story of survival in the desert, and so parts of the movie reminded me of “Lawrence of Arabia.”  The plot is like a Western such as Clint Eastwood in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”  Theeb has to work together with someone in order to survive.  He appears to evolve from mischievous young boy to someone dangerous, something like Michael Corleone.  “Theeb” is a good back-to-basics movie to watch if you’re tired of superheroes, animation, and 3D.  What I noticed was that there were a lot of flies all around the actors.  It must have been difficult to deal with the elements during filming.  It takes place in 1916, although it felt like it didn’t belong to a particular moment in time.  An interesting element was the mysterious wooden box.  It was something dangerous to handle, so I didn’t think it was gold.  The director was Naji Abu Nowar, born in 1981.  “Theeb” was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and it was the first film from Jordan to receive an Oscar nomination.  It was a pretty good film, although the boy who played Theeb didn’t show much charisma.  He seemed awfully lucky at a couple of points in the story.  Naji Abu Nowar intends to feature women in future films.  I wonder where he goes from here.  I was tired after the movie, but I stayed up to watch Jimmy Kimmel.  I saw Gianna Franco’s comment on Twitter about the Chargers’ move to Los Angeles.  She said that it was a bummer.  Some of the people who died on January 13 include Stephen Foster (1864), Wyatt Earp (1929), James Joyce (1941), Ernie Kovacs (1962), Hubert Humphrey (1978), Donny Hathaway (1979), Marcel Camus (1982), Carol Wayne (1985), and Patrick McGoohan (2009).  Today is a birthday for Michael Peña (41) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (56).

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