Everything Is Illuminated

By Debbie Elicksen. Liev Schreiber wrote and directed this gem of a screenplay, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. Everything Is Illuminated (2005) is beautifully told story about a Continue Reading →

Letters from Iwo Jima

By Debbie Elicksen. I would call Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) the modern day version of All Quiet on the Western Front. It qualifies as classic material, and it also Continue Reading →

Flowers of War

By Debbie Elicksen. Flowers of War (2011) is a historical drama starring Christian Bale (John Miller), Ni Ni (Yu Mo),  and Shigeo Kobayashi (Lieutenant Kato). Heng Liu wrote the screenplay, based Continue Reading →

Paradise Road

By Debbie Elicksen. Paradise Road (1997) is a compelling drama about a collection of women from different countries, classes, and histories being held captive by the Japanese during World War Continue Reading →

The King’s Speech

By Debbie Elicksen. England’s Prince Albert (Colin Firth) has a stuttering problem, which for most people, wouldn’t be an issue. As the next in line to be king, moving the Continue Reading →

Judgment at Nuremburg

By Debbie Elicksen. Stanley Kramer directed and produced the 1961 black and white masterpiece Judgment at Nuremburg. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Continue Reading →

Ghosts of Mississippi

By Debbie Elicksen. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) is the story of a civil rights crime that went unpunished for 25 years. It was directed by Rob Reiner and Lewis Colick wrote Continue Reading →

Stalingrad

By Debbie Elicksen. If you like war movies like I do, this is a good one. Stalingrad (2013) was written by Sergey Snezhkin and Ilya Tilkin. This movie might have Continue Reading →

The Imitation Game

By Debbie Elicksen. “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things no one can imagine.“ The Imitation Game (2014) is the true story of Alan Continue Reading →

Unbroken

By Debbie Elicksen. Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is an adaptation of the book by Laura Hildebrand about the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who was both an Olympic athlete Continue Reading →