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Today’s Double Feature

December 11th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to up the ante for our Hulu for the Holidays event. So for the rest of the workweek, we’re adding not just one film, but two each day, starting off with In the Name of the Father and The Milagro Beanfield War.

I missed In the Name of the Father when it was first released, but there’s no mistaking that this Jim Sheridan-directed film is powerful. The soundtrack — featuring Bono, Jimi Hendrix, the Kinks, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Sinéad O’Connor — creates the backdrop for the true-life story of the Guildford Four, the four people who were wrongly convicted for the 1974 terrorist bombing of the Guildford pub. The movie went on to receive seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Pete Postlethwaite), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson), Best Director (Jim Sheriden) and Best Picture. It was a big year for movies, though — 1993 also saw the release of Schindler’s List, The Fugitive, The Piano and Philadelphia, all of which beat out In the Name of the Father for Oscars.

While Daniel Day-Lewis fights a justice system in In the Name of the Father, Joe Mondragon takes on real estate developers in The Milagro Beanfield War. Directed by Robert Redford, it’s the story of this New Mexican handyman who illegally irrigates a parched beanfield using water that was meant for a major development. You’ll recognize a few faces throughout the movie: Melanie Griffith, Daniel Stern, Freddy Fender and, best of all, Christopher “Can I Get a Little More Cowbell?” Walken.

We hope you enjoy today’s double feature. We’ll be back with another pair of films tomorrow. Check back to see what’s in store!

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Last comment: Dec 11th 2008 2 Comments
  • rebeccahulu says:

    A clue! We’ll have a double feature again tomorrow… the first tells the story of a wild night gone horribly wrong, starring Joey and Bailey from two ’90s dramas. In the second, sparks fly when a has-been pro meets a bad-girl superstar on the tennis courts.

  • dan says:

    in the name of the father is a great film! No clue for tomorrows film i like trying to figure out the movie from the clues. :(