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Carnage

Posted by Web Manager on December 10, 2011

Roman Polanski 2011

Not particularly cinematic, but not exactly theater on film either.  You get to see four great film actors (John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster) working with excellent material (an adaptation of Yazmina Reza’s play, The God of Carnage, about a meeting between two sets of parents following a scuffle among their respective sons), directed by one of the greatest living directors in the world.  I’d rather have seen it as a play in the theater, but given that I didn’t, and that I might not, I’m glad I got to see it like this.

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Taking Woodstock

Posted by Web Manager on December 10, 2011

Ang Lee 2009

Demetri Martin and an excellent supporting cast do a good turn in this family drama set upstate New York during the eventful summer of ’69.  Ang Lee brings a little something more to everything.

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Blue Steel

Posted by Web Manager on December 7, 2011

Kathryn Bigelow 1989

Jamie Lee Curtis and Kathryn Bigelow work extremely well together, and the movie starts out great.  Then everything goes nuts and you want to scream at the picture.  Oh, and Ron Silver is a sweaty man.

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Grizzly Man

Posted by Web Manager on December 3, 2011

Werner Herzog 2005

I mentioned at a dinner party that I thought this was a funny movie and everyone looked at me like I had just skinned a puppy. So I watched it again.  It definitely is funny but in fairness I’m not sure funny is the best way to describe it. “Incredible” probably does it better justice.  It’s just that Herzog has such a good sense of humor.

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Heavy

Posted by Web Manager on December 3, 2011

James Mangold 1995

Watched COPLAND the other day and was like holy crap, this was James Mangold’s second movie? Pretty fucking good.  What was his first?  (Hint: it was the movie I am reviewing now.)  And then I watched it.  And then I was like: huh?

m/s/e/a/k  points out that Mr. Mangold has a thing for fat losers and drowning girls.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Posted by Web Manager on December 3, 2011

Niels Arden Oplev 2009

First half was boring – probably trying too hard to be true to the book – but it picked up in the second half when it also became a buddy film.

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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Posted by Web Manager on November 29, 2011

Stephen Hopkins 2004

Filmic flourishes abound as Geoffery Rush identifies with Peter Sellers identifying with Chance the Gardener from Jerzy Kosinski’s book, BEING THERE.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Posted by Web Manager on November 29, 2011

Tomas Alfredson 2011

A good looking Cold War British spy thriller (so it has a lot going for it) but the critics who loved it for being so sharp either are  much smarter than me or have read the book.  I wasn’t sure WTF was going on.

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The Company

Posted by Web Manager on November 25, 2011

Robert Altman 2003

If a ballet company was a ball you could pick up, take a closer look at, play with, and then put down, the ball would be this movie.  The dance performances themselves are spectacular.

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127 Hours

Posted by Web Manager on November 19, 2011

Danny Boyle 2010

The music, the editing, the scenery, and the Franco all come together in this popcorn flick. It’s also the first Danny Boyle film I’ve liked since TRAINSPOTTING.

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