• Disappearing Love & the movie Blue Valentine

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • August 22, 2019
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    In this movie we watch the sparkly beginnings of love disintegrate over time. Blue Valentine captures one of the saddest aspects of life. The camera shuttles back & forth between the lovely past & tragic present. It seems so authentic it’s painful to watch. Michelle Williams asks her grandmother “How can… Continue Reading

  • Divorce Spills Over On To Kids & the movie “What Maisie Knew”

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • August 22, 2019
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    Divorce is an opportunity for people to indulge their intensity & hoarded resentments on to everyone. Normally sane people will shriek when they meet their spouse in the grocery store. They are past caring how it looks because they are fueled by self-righteousness. Divorce is an invitation to be your… Continue Reading

  • Perfect Family Fractures in movie Force Majeure

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • April 18, 2015
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    This is a delightful, darkly comic Swedish movie about a family on a ski holiday in France where the father, when he finds himself in a crisis does not do what is expected of a man. These are two ordinary people who have no idea how to talk to each… Continue Reading

  • Snowpiercer the Movie & How to Build Character

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • July 12, 2014
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    Snowpiercer is a wonderful "end of the world" movie. We seem to be swimming in apocalyptic films & t.v. shows. I've always loved science fiction in books because it was an appreciation learned from my Father. Snowpiercer is extremely dark with a high body count. Snowpiercer is a metaphor for… Continue Reading

  • My work with Denial & the movie American Hustle

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • December 31, 2013
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    Denial is illusions. Illusions are denial. They are comforting & seductive. Throughout the movie there is the refrain "Everybody believes what they want to believe". We all love to pretend to ourselves & others……we all love our self-deception. My work involves interrupting belief systems with inconvenient truths: It's stupid to… Continue Reading

  • Single, Dating & the movie Enough Said

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • October 27, 2013
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    Single & dating means surviving the awkward beginnings of relationships over & over & over again. Beginnings are often the hardest part of many things but especially in dating. Dating means two strangers begin a stiff dance of stumbling around in trying to know each other. Dating can be such… Continue Reading

  • Self-Esteem & the movie The Way, Way Back

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • August 19, 2013
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    Self esteem starts to "bake" in adolescence. It's part of why adolescence can feel so tragic because there is such a slim grip on feeling ok. I was moved by the raw truth of this movie, a week after watching an adolescent struggle with his self-esteem. The opening of the… Continue Reading

  • Couples Fighting & the Movie Before Midnight

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • July 31, 2013
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    This movie offers a glimpse of real life in the fighting between Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy after 20 years of being together. In the first 6 to 9 years there is a lot of catering that goes on in the name of love. Then the illusions fall off &… Continue Reading

  • Divorce Spills Over On To Kids & the movie “What Maisie Knew”

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • June 15, 2013
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    Divorce is an opportunity for people to indulge their intensity & hoarded resentments on to everyone. Normally sane people will shriek when they meet their spouse in the grocery store. They are past caring how it looks because they are fueled by self-righteousness. Divorce is an invitation to be your… Continue Reading

  • A Terrific TV Show; Parenthood has Authenticity & Intimacy

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • January 1, 2013
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    The second half of season 4 began Jan. 1st on NBC @ 10pm. I read about this series because it was on Rob Owen's Top 10 list for 2012 for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. He said that season 3 & 4 were terrific, so I decided to find out for… Continue Reading