One of my favorite Oscar-nominated 2007 movies is finally about to come out on DVD. "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is Julian Schnabel's biopic about a legendary media figure, French Elle Editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in the prime of his professional life, suffered a massive stroke.
You know the astonishing true story: Bauby could move only his left eye and ended up dictating a memoir -- the basis for this film -- one letter at a time with a series of blinks. The movie is told from his point of view, literally, with the camera peering tunnel-like into the restricted world (a rehabilitative facility) he's stuck in. I know a lot of people who avoided this movie when it came out because they feared it would be too depressing. Well, it is depressing, but it's also mesmerizing and often deeply moving and gratifying, in that it speaks to the universal desire to overcome the obstacles that our pathetic, mortal, fragile bodies tend to throw in our way. As always with Pop Pick, I'm sharing the wealth: I'm randomly giving away a copy of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." To be eligible, send me an e-mail with "Diving Bell" in the subject line on or before May 21.