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Nowhere Boy
Nowhere Boy(2010)

More family melodrama than I was expecting, which was okay I guess, I was just expecting someting "cooler." Aaron Johnson was great, a little tooo beautiful for the role, really. I really enjoyed the style of directing, the unexpected shots and closeups.

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Silly. It definetly had its moments. Beautiful scenery, especially the French countryside. I went with my 12 year-old brother and he loved it!

The Kids Are All Right

Excellent writing, great performances, it was truly touching.

A Dangerous Method
½

A great intellectual excersize. Fascinating, very gratifying to see some of the things I studied in my psych. class come to life.

The Woman in Black
½

So very lovely to look at. Nice and creepy, made me jump several times, sometimes the tension was almost unbearable!

Wanderlust
Wanderlust(2012)
½

Some great perverse humour. Love Paul Rudd and his many facial expressions that tell us so much, without a word.

Peep World
Peep World(2011)

Mildly amusing. Considering the cast I was highly disappointed

Cry of the Owl

Actually kind of intriguing. The feeling of dread builds nicely throughout. I think this could make an interesting play.

Lost Sparrow
Lost Sparrow(2009)

A riveting documentary. Painful to watch at times but I just couldn't look away. The director, Chris Billing does a wonderful job and is able to remain fairly objective, as much as it is possible, as his dark family history unfolds for him and I was not surprised to find out that he is a journalist. However his compassion and love for his family is evident and adds depth to the film.

A Single Man
A Single Man(2009)
½

Done in such a simple yet poetic way, this film so beautifully portrays profound melancholy.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

Admirable gritty realism. Really very solid performances and I am quite a fan of Aronofsky's visual style. Can't wait to see what he does next.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)
½

The Coen's did not disappoint. Brilliant script, beautifully shot, darkly humorous. The awards are going to pile up for this film. Warning: there is an incredibly difficult scene for animal lovers (or for any human being, I would imagine.)

Days of Heaven
½

What an amazing visual experience!! Every frame was beautifully shot, it wouldn't be hyperbole to say some shots were so beautiful I almost cried. No wonder it won an Oscar for best colour cinematography that year (1978.)
The performances were subtle and affecting. The narration, written by Terrence Malick provided great framework for the film and was spoken by the youngest character, Linda. A very good choice for the narrator as she had a very endearing accent and because of her youth was able to see what was taking place from the outside looking in. At the same time she was very wise beyond her years. Some of the narration was incredibly haunting. A very worthy addition to the Criterion Collection.

The Simpsons Movie
½

I like The Simpsons and while I don't watch the new episodes religiously I love that there's always an episode on at any given time that I can turn to that is bound to cheer me up.
I love how it takes on pop culture, religious matters, political matters, etc. It can be quite intelligent and relevant, here they take on environmental issues and the rhetoric surrounding it.
Watching the credits I was amazed by how many characters the voice actors took on. I had some idea but was really just blown away. Hank Azaria comes to mind in particular. Also amused to see all of the boys voices are done by women.
I loved how much they incorporated Maggie (genius baby,) into the plot.

Paradise Now
Paradise Now(2005)

An excellent film which I admired for its almost poetic simplicity despite the incredibly complex subject matter. I appreciated that both sides of the argument were presented.
It was beautifully shot, some of the shots were breathtaking. Much like City of God there was such beauty to be found despite the poverty of the people and grittiness of the backdrops.
I especially enjoyed the lead Kais Nashef's performance. What he didn't say was expressed with his eyes.I also loved Lubna Azabal's character and performance, she did an excellent job providing the voice of reason or counterpoint to the other characters' belief that suicide bombing is a necessary and noble action.

Come Early Morning
½

This film manages to capture loneliness, pain and despair in a way that felt utterly real. It actually hurt me to watch, but ultimately it was catharctic. A brilliant performance by Judd and gratifiying to see her in role that is worthy of her talent.
Written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams, perhaps it takes women writing and directing the roles they wish to see for women, just completely fleshed-out characters which I know I crave to see.

La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels)

Demy made a film about gambling, a subject that I'm really not that interested in, but I was hooked, as soon as Jeanne Moreau made her first appearance anyway!
Great depth to the film. I love that it was filmed in black and white. Jeanne Moreau is more than perfect, if that''s possible. She was given a great role and she took it far and beyond what was written, though the writing is another of the film's strengths, there are some really great lines!
Her co-star Claude Mann delivers in his role as Moreau's good luck charm, but pales in comparison.

"The first time I entered a casino...I felt as if it was in church. I had the same emotion. I tell you gambling has become my religion. Money means nothing to me." Jackie Demaistre

Hurlyburly
Hurlyburly(1998)

Self-indulgent b.s. Spacey proves he can talk a million-miles-a-minute about a whole lot of nothing.

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
½

An outstanding piece of French-Canadian cinema. Wonderfully written and performed. It was the smaller simple moments that touched me but I was absorbed in this film right from the start.
One of those films that depicts death and dying yet is incredibly life-affirming (and not in that obvious "bucket list" kind of way.)
Anxious to see "The Decline of the American Empire" also written and directed by Denys Arcand, it's predecessor, which takes place 17 years earlier, which I meant to see first. But y'know life's like that.

Tension
Tension(1949)

A pretty straightforward noir. Decent storytelling and a standout performance by Audrey Totter. I have to say I was lost as to why Cyd Charisse's character had such implicit trust in our poor badly used protagonist.

Old Acquaintance
½

Another film where the lead performance (Bette) is far stronger than the film itself. I am admiring her talent more and more. Loving her menswear inspired costumes!

To Each His Own
½

A little too soapy for my taste but Olivia de Havilland elevates this film several notches and is amply rewarded with an Oscar.

Eagle vs Shark

Quite liked this one. Absolutely up my alley- slice of life with quirky characters. I picked it up because Jemaine Clement is in it, who I love from Flight of the Conchords.
And he's great but I actually kind of fell in love with Loren Horsley's character, Lily. She is so sweet and genuine. I love the way she looks at the world.
There were some very poignant moments which I didn't really expect. Some of the relationships in this film are so well depicted thanks to great writing and acting. I especially loved the relationship between Lily and her brother.
Also loved the aesthetic of the film; great claymation segments, art direction and costumes. And I have never seen a town with so many murals!

Marie Antoinette

What a beautiful film! It was so decadent! I had heard that this film felt empty to many but I didn't feel that way at all. I have a newfound respect for Kirsten Dunst, she was able to convey an array of emotions with few words. Jason Schwartzman was brilliantly restrained as Marie Antoinette's husband, the gunshy Dauphin of France.
Sofia did a great 3rd film. The attention to detail is amazing. She did such a cool job of mixing periods, faithfully using: 18th Century buildings, furniture, clothing designs, etc., but added punches of vibrant colour.
You really get a sense of this when you watch the special features.
Sofia Coppola on the film: "I loved Kristen in that movie, and it was fun to do it with an irreverent attitute toward history, which pissed some people off. But it was in the spirit of Marie Antoinette, who was a little rebelious."

Mr. Skeffington

Worth watching for Bette Davis and a subdued but touching performance by Claude Rains. I loved how vanity was tackled in this film, as Fanny (played by Davis) becomes increasingly desperate to cling to her youth,. It is shocking how Davis ages in this film. Thankfully the makeup department does a wonderful job- a bad job would've completely undermined the power of the film!

Butterfield 8
½

Absolutely riveting performance by Elizabeth Taylor. The film is excellent in its exposition of a wonderfully complex woman. One of my all-time favorite characters.

Séance on a Wet Afternoon

The title sets up this eerie, atmospheric film that left me with an unsettled feeling, as good thrillers should.
Very interesting character study of Myra who works as a psychic out of her home and dominates her soft-spoken husband, Billy.
Quite incredibly, Myra convinces her husband to kidnap a child and hide her somewhere so she can then use her "powers" to help find her hoping that this will validate her work and give her some much desired fame and recognition.
These characters are quite piteous and while they do something that is quite wrong there is a sense that they truly believe they are causing no real harm, they are quite delusional really.
They are sympathetic characters in that they seem to be outsiders in their society and that interestingly enough their marriage seems strong in that their commitment to one another is evident.
Worth watching for the performances alone. That in addition to the rich atmosphere and complex characters makes this film a highly effective thriler.

The Science of Sleep

It made me want to do some cool edgy crafts :)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

A semi-autobiographical account of a period in director Paul Mazursky's life. A funny and at times quite poignant telling of Mazursky's choice to leave Brooklyn for what he sees as the glamorous world of Greenwhich Village in 1953.
He is pursuing an acting career and becomes part of a vibrant circle of friends, a very eclectic group; a blunt but kindhearted woman, a playboy (Christopher Walken,) an over-the-top funny black gay man (whose buoyant exterior hides a lot of pain,) a suicidal older actress, and the protagonist's girlfriend, who seems ever-indifferent to her lover.
His parents provide much comedy, especially his overbearing mother, brilliantly played by Shelley Winters.
It is obvious that Paul Mazursky has quite a love for these people as his story moves away from himself and focuses on these loveable, fascinating characters.
Lenny Baker, who plays the lead, is very well-suited for the role.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
½

Satire about free love and psycho-speak. Two couples, best friends, examine their marriages and the idea of free love and sexual liberty. Their experiences turn out to be quite different than they expected resulting in some humourously uncomfortable sex scenes.
I love the tagline for the film: "Consider the possibilities."
This is my second Paul Mazursky film and would really like to see more of his work.

Pauline & Paulette

A wonderfully sweet and simple film, sentimental but never sappy. I found it completely absorbing thanks to outstanding performances and great art direction, I especially loved the use of colour. I have not come across a film that portrays someone that is mentally challenged (and their caregiver,) in a way that felt this authentic.

The Last Kiss

A pretty weak film in my opinion. I found the leads Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett, to be spoiled and completely self-absorbed, just not worth caring about. Their chemistry and acting was flat. Zach Braff is just wearing thin on me, I fail to see any complexity in his performances.
On the other hand, Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson were great, these were just solid performances that interestingly mirrored the younger couple's problems. Apparently getting older doesn't necessarily make you wiser, at least not terribly self-aware or better at solving the same old problems.
Casey Affleck's performance stood out, he possesses a great deal of charisma, shows promise that he fulfills in his later roles.
While I admire that there is no happily-ever-after, this film presents love and comittment as an impossible dream and that's just fucking depressing.

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)
½

A wild ride, I was so in the mood to watch a movie like this! A captivating disaster/monster film. Some elements reminded me of nightmares I've had over the years. I loved the underground, gritty view of New York.

Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother)

.This was my first Almodóvar film and remains my favorite. It really was love at first sight. I found this beautiful film to be at once heartbreaking and uplifting.
Almodóvar manages to assemble an eclectic group of characters including a stage actress, a transvestite, a nun, without resorting to stereotypes or cheapening their very human qualities. They aren't presented to us for the sake of entertainment, there is a greater purpose for the inclusion of each character.
Breathtaking scenery and striking colour palette.

This Is Spinal Tap

I have seen enough mockumentaries now that I think I can officially call myself a fan!
I just find this to be such a brilliant format, I think it can really bring out the best in the performers. I get such a thrill thinking that some of the most brilliant lines were improvised. It's really incredible that while mockumentaries are obviously mocking, or satirizing documentaries and the real-life situations they are reflecting, how true some of the scenes ring.
I enjoyed all the performances, in particular Michael McKean and his hair, Harry Shearer, and Tony Hendra as Spinal Tap's long-suffering manager. I got such a huge kick out of Ian placating his band and especially love the scene where he listens sympathetically as Nigel rants and raves about the terrible snacks in his dressing room going into incredible detail as to why the snacks at the college show were so, so wrong!
Christopher Guest is in a league of his own, he is such a chameleon!! As the co-writer, director an actor in"Best in Show", one of my favorite movies, it took me awhile to recognize Guest in this role. Granted, this was made awhile ago now!!
My favorite scene has got to be the Stonehenge prop scene, I was laughing so hard! It was so wonderfully absurd!

Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête)
½

What a hauntingly beautiful fairytale! I feel like I could dream these images for the rest of my life and be perfectly satisfied. Really, it just blew me away!

La Vie en Rose (La Mome)
½

A breathtaking performance by Marion Cotillard. It is absolutely one of my all-time favorite performances. I liked the non-linear storytelling, It completely makes sense to me that on one's deathbed we would remember our life in bits and pieces, not necessarily in any particular order.
Simply put a beautiful film!

Catch Me If You Can

Fun and glossy on the surface, there was an underlying melancholy that anchored the film, giving it surprising depth. It's my favorite DiCaprio performance.
Amy Adams is incredibly cute in a too-minor role.

Home for the Holidays
½

This film is a perfect mix of comedy and drama, it draws you in with its sarcastic humor and keeps you hooked with its poignancy.
If you like indies with a meandering storylines, then you'll love it.
The acting holds together what might have been overlong scenes.

Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)

This film examines family loyalties, industrialization of cities and the struggle to better one's self amid this economic surge.
Rocco has 3 other brothers and his anxious mother to care for since the death of his father. The decision is made to move them from a quiet country existence into Milan, Italy, with the hope that more money can be made in the city.
I thought this film was absorbing as Rocco earnestly struggles to provide a good life for his family. He puts all the weight on his shoulders despite the fact that his brothers are quite capable of helping out as well.
I became frustrated as Rocco plays the martyr for his womanizing, alcoholic older brother who keeps messing up while Rocco takes the fall.
To make matters worse they fall in love with the same woman. She is a prostitute who genuinely loves one brother, but becomes more like a pawn in their game than an object of affection. Tragically, this adds to her feelings of self-hatred.
Rocco does not seem to fit in this new world and the film captures how he is torn between loyalty to his family and being true to himself.
Don't worry I didn't give away the entire film, there's much to see in this 3 hour saga. It is a solid narrative. Beautiful actors and beautifully shot, I also found the film to be very satisfying on a visual level.

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
½

This movie was a pleasant surprise. A screwball sex comedy, a take on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and homages to directors Renoir and Bergman and Russian writer Checkov,
I found the film to be funny and especially enjoyed the absurdist elements of the plot.
Excellent cast! I especially liked Mary Steenburgen. I loooved her in the kitchen scene!

The Station Agent

This film was incredibly funny and sweet! It makes me happy to see a film that combines humour and heart. The character development was especially satisfying.
It is a snapshot of life rather than a story with a definitive plot. It enables the viewer to enjoy the journey without worrying about the destination.

Little Children
½

I was profoundly effected by this film. I found it engrossing while watching and I have thought about it a lot since.
Set in the suburbs, we are introduced to characters that vie for the perfect life, really an image, for themselves and their families.
A newly released pedophile played by Jackie Earle Haley in an amazing performance, is the catalyst for the eruption of a neighbourhood. What comes up through the cracks as result isn't pretty and doesn't reflect well on anyone.
This idea of transference isn't a new one but I thought this film had a fresh take on this interesting psychological phenomenon.
The performances all around were exceptional. It was the quieter moments in the film that I found most touching, when the characters attend to their everyday seemingly mundane lives. Through their eyes we get a glimpse into the life beyond the facade into their rawer thoughts and feelings.
I read the book after watching the film and I have to say the film was an excellent adaptation.

The Squid and the Whale

Other films have captured the awkwardness of youth but I've never seen a film that so accurately depicts the uncomfortable moments in the life of adults. I don't think one ever grows out of feeling inept.

The Eye 2 (Gin gwai 2)
½

An interesting concept and some truly eerie images and scenes but parts of it were just bordering on the ridiculous when I don't think that was the intent. Really too bad because I was quite into it for the first little while but it just completely fell apart.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)

Amazing visual style and storytelling, this film was completely absorbing from start to finish. I just couldn't get over how beautiful it was to look at despite the film's disturbing and gritty nature.
Even more riveting knowing the film was based on the true story. I was impressed how the film was able to juggle a significant number of characters and a non-linear storyline without losing us in the process. I was particularly impressed with the character development, just completely fleshed-out characters.

Waking the Dead

This film was heavy, that's for sure.
I thought the nonlinear storyline was effective. Visually this film won me over. The imagery was starkly beautiful, lighting was used to great effect; sometimes to provide warmth at other times to make a room uncomfortably bright.
It reminds me of the Constant Gardener, the version that would have unfolded if the man hadn't sought answers to his partner's death. What would've happened if he had tried to simply move on with his life.

The Children's Hour
½

This is most definitely a "wow" film. The writing, direction and performances are outstanding. The film is based on a play by Lillian Hellman who wrote it upon hearing of 2 Scottish teachers were accused of lesbianism by a student and the subsequent destruction of their lives.
Beautifully shot in black and white, I appreciated the naturalistic style of shooting. I found myself enjoying many of the choices made, from the longer continuous shots, to the close-ups. The final two scenes are especially artistically done, not what I would expect from a film based on a play.
For those of you who love Audrey Hepburn (as I know many do) this film does her talent, beauty and dignity justice. Shirley MacLaine got to display her burgeoning talent, her off-beat beauty and charm, They made quite a pairing.
Brave and heartfelt, quite daring for its time, the film stays away from making a broad statement on discrimination and smartly focuses on a specific, devastating story.

The Times of Harvey Milk
½

An excellent documentary. Very detailed look at Harvey Milk the man and the politician. I felt his life was celebrated, as it should be, without setting him up to be a saint or martyr, which really could have easily been the case.
A really interesting look into an especially significant period in the gay rights movement, politics in general as well as the justice system in San Francisco.
Dan White, the man who shot Harvey isn't painted him as a villan nor are his actions excused and the result is an incredibly fascinating look at a mentally disturbed man, who on the surface couldn't have appeared more average.
I was very impressed with the array of news footage and home videos the filmmakers uncovered.
This film really made me wonder why the gay rights movement isn't part of the history curriculum, just incredibly shortsighted to exclude it.

Up
Up(2009)
½

Wow what an amazing experience and just what I needed,- a fun, sincere, life-affirming film! I am kicking myself for not getting out to see it while it was in theatres. I would definitely go see it if they re-released it into theatres (fingers crossed.)
I am a sentimental person who at times likes to swim in nostalgia, but if I feel like, for a moment, the film-watching, or book-reading, etc. experience Is insincere I shut down immediately. I don't like feeling manipulated. Up, in my estimation didn't falter.
Of course it was visually amazing, just great eye candy. I held my breath during the action sequences, they were incredibly done and that was no small feat considering the fantastical nature of the plot.
The characters were so well drawn, human and animal. I wanted to reach out and touch them. Also excellent voice work, Ed Asner in particular was outstanding!

This Could Be the Night
½

While the story is on the simplistic side, it was a fun fish-out-of water scenario and I highly enjoyed the performances in this film. Jean Simmons plays a contained school teacher who takes a part-time job working as a secretary in a nightclub. It quickly becomes apparent that she's just as good for the club as the nightclub is good for her.
I especially enjoyed Paul Douglas in his fatherly role as nightclub owner and Simmons' protector. The chemistry between opposites Jean Simmons and Douglas' protégé, played by the very handsome and brooding Anthony Franciosa develops well throughout the film so when their lips meet the screen sizzles.
Great co-stars, very quirky and well developed. Also got a kick of out the subtle references and euphemisms for sex and virginity as Simmon's sexual experience or lack of it was contrasted with Franciosa's wealth in that area. It was made more than abundantly clear, because otherwise the audience just wouldn't have caught on??
Lastly just wanted to mention that the nightclub's design, atmosphere and musical numbers were well developed. Julie Smith smolders as the veteran lounge singer.

The Long, Hot Summer

I really enjoyed this film for many reasons. First of all Paul Newman is well cast in this very sensual film.
The chemistry between Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward is amazing! It's the first film they made together and were married in real life the same year the film was made.
Joanne's character Clara is beautiful, smart, cool yet vulnerable. Newman's character Ben Quick is blunt, overtly sexual and the perfect catalyst. Sparks fly when Ben and Clara meet and continue as he becomes emmeshed with the rest of the Verner family.
The head of the family Will Verner is played by the larger-than-life Orson Welles. There's some interesting gossip included on the special features. It is revealed that the director panicked during the editing process when he realized that Welles' lines were barely discernable! It doesn't seem that this problem was entirely resolved.
Regardless, Welles portrayal of a Southern patriarchal, domineering father who seems more concerned about a future heir than his daughter's happiness is moving as he inches his way into the hearts of the audience, or at least that was true in my case!

The Wackness
The Wackness(2008)
½

Any film that brings me back to the time of mix tapes and Air Jordans is off to a great start as far as I'm concerned.. Well written, directed with some great performances (by Ben Kingsley in particular) Kind of slow and languid like the summer heat in New York City (the setting of the film.) I think because of the pace the emotional impact builds throughout and sneaks up on you.
Some very funny moments, the nostalgia and a great soundtrack are what really won me over. Love my indies!

Inglourious Basterds
½

Finally got around to seeing this right before the Oscars!! I was on the sleepy side and so of course it had to be the most dialogue driven Tarantino film. Despite this I could see the brilliance of the movie. Met a lot of expectations, what I have come to expect from his films; visually appealing, great score (vs. what I would normally refer to as soundtrack,) violence (though not nearly as much as I was expecting,) and of course great dialogue which I have a soft spot for!
Tarantino really does bring out the best from his actors. He has made some, what I consider, ok actors really shine (thinking Travolta and Pitt in particular.) Christophe Waltz was awesome and absolutely deserves his supporting actor nomination. I hope he wins. Was also taken with Melanie Laurent. She had to relay a spectrum of emotions without saying much, I really admired her performance.

Georgy Girl
Georgy Girl(1966)

This film was a bummer. Lesson I got from the film: you too can find love even if you're overweight and not particularly goodllooking. If you have a great personality you may just be lucky enough to get someone's leftovers or a creepy older man to stalk you.
I liked Georgy (a great performance by Lynn Redgrave) and thought she deserved so much better. Also a great representation of the time and place, another film that has me wondering if the 60's were really so great for women.

Let the Right One In
½

An eerily beautiful film, one of the most satisfying film watching experiences I've ever had. Shot for shot the film was just breathtaking.
I am really glad that this film didn't seem to court much controversy, considering the ages of the leads and that they are shown as sexual beings (as in reality children are, though many adults would like to deny this.) It makes me glad that people in general know art when they see it.
I love how the relationship between Oskar and Eli seems so pure and innocent on the surface but when given the whole picture there's a undeniably dark edge to it. We are never entirely certain of Eli's motives or intentions.
There are many layers to this film, it's up to the viewer how far they want to delve. I personally couldn't stop thinking about the film, its striking images and moral ambiguity. It's an experience not to be missed, the movie more than lived up to the hype.

Double Indemnity

The perfect film noir. Barbara Stanwyck is my all-time favortie femme fatale. I just heart her period.

Frida
Frida(2002)
½

Visually stunning, has got to be my favorite film aesthetically speaking. Even the trolley crash that crippled Frida was beautifully shot and styled. Salma Hayak's performance was outstanding. I admire her perserverance to have this film made.

Death Proof
Death Proof(2007)

I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino, yet I wasn't particularly interested in seeing this movie. I ended up watching it on tv, when I couldn't sleep and ended up loving it!
Kurt Russell was perfectly cast. He can be such a cheeseball but it really worked here. I liked the entire female cast and can always appreciate when there's the opportunity for women to kick some ass!
Visually, very appealing. Loved the pop of colours.
Gory, of course but you wouldn't expect anything else from Tarantino! It's done with such a flourish I can't help but appreciate it its artistic value.
Another Tarantino trademark is the meandering dialogue peppered with plenty of foul language. Crass intellectualism. And of course there's a great soundtrack.
Overall a must-see, especially for Tarantino fans. I Plan on watching Planet Terror sometime soon.

Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

Teri Horton is a mother, grandmother and retired truck driver who becomes the center of a heated debate after she buys what a local art teacher suggests may be a genuine Pollock.

She buys the painting for five dollars (a price she haggled down from eight dollars,)at a local thrift store. The painting is for a friend that has been feeling down. If you were to only know this about Teri then you'd know enough. She is strong, blunt and kind-hearted.

That is exactly what director Harry Moses does, he captures her spirit as she becomes the center of a film about the art world. Teri is painted as a heroine, albeit a foul-mouthed, dumpster diving heroine. The art world (museum directors, art gallery owners, art lawyers,) become the shadow that looms, eager to crush those who would dare enter their realm.

Is Teri up to the challenge of facing off against such well-funded viciousness? Her journey, which unravels over a decade, is a fascinating one.
Will the painting be proven to be an original Jackson Pollack? Teri's quest to determine this reveals much about the art world and much more about the strength of a woman. A woman who refuses to be brushed aside, a woman who has worked hard for everything has with great pride.

What is art? Who is it for? Who determines its worth? These and many other questions are asked of us as we watch this quirky, intelligent, affectionate film.

That Day (Ce jour-là)
½

A wonderfully strange film filled with incredibly interesting characters. The most brilliant darkly comic film I've ever seen. The humour is so clever and subtle in some ways and so wild and crazy in others, always off-kilter.
Some very beautiful and interesting shots.
The most fascinating scenes had to be between the seemingly crazy leads. Their beliefs and way of expressing themselves was very absorbing.
The cops were incredibly amusing to watch as well, I give them props for successfully pulling off understated yet comedic performances.

The Zero Sum (Letters)
½

A solid Canadian film with an amazing performance by Scottish actor Ewen Bremner, definetly an actor I will watch out for. He's been in Trainspotting, a film I've yet to watch in its entirety and a couple of other well-known films but he's escaped my notice until now.
I tend to enjoy films with complex character studies and this one definetly delivers. It has a very intimate feel that felt like home to me.

Moon
Moon(2009)

Hesitated in writing this review since I think anyone who's going to watch this film should know as little as possible. Since a kind Flixter friend recommended and would most like to see a review I am giving it a shot.

I think this film will most defintely hold up over the years and will become a proud part of the sci-fi oeuvre. Sam Rockwell's performance should also go down in history of one of the finest, ever. He was snubbed in the Oscar race (aargh Oscar politics,) but this suits Rockwell's mysterious, cool factor anyway and regardless I think this was a role of a lifetime.

Cool concept, set design and costume design. The fact that this film is set in the not-to-distant future works well so none of the set design or costumes distract from the story.

My only problem with the film was the pacing, I thought some of the scenes could've been a bit tighter.

Overall highly recommended, not to be missed!

Aurore
Aurore(2005)
½

"Aurore" was incredibly difficult to get through. It's based on a true story of horrific abuse that a girl suffers at the hands of her father and stepmother. It takes place in 1920's Quebec. It is beautifully shot but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend this to anyone because of how difficult it is to watch. The only reason I kept watching was my intense hope that justice would somehow be served.
This case of abuse is said to be a turning point in the way cases were handled (as many who had knowledge of the abuse turned away, believing it was not their business) and prosecuted. It would be a tidy way of summing up this film and getting a sense of closure but it is difficult to feel any sense of good coming out of bad.
Filmed in Quebec by Quebecois director Luc Dionne.

High Society
High Society(1956)
½

First off I am not a huge fan of "The Philadelphia Story" despite the great cast and solid story. Maybe it's blasphemy to say it but Katherine Hepburn irritated the crap out of me, I found Grant's performance to be lifeless but was however thoroughly charmed by Jimmy Stewart (as always) and quite liked his partner in crime Ruth Hussey.
So watching this musical lite remake wasn't exactly a priority but when it came on tv I felt like I had nothing to lose as the original wasn't especially meaningful to me.
I am glad I gave it a chance, i quite liked it. I thought Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and especially Celeste Holm were well cast. The title of the film is far better than the original. I also appreciated how the film walked a fine balance of addressing a few social issues such as asking if being rich makes you inherently immoral and the role a society wife or daughter plays (is their life meaningful?) while remaining lighthearted.
While I am not a huge fan of musicals I enjoyed the music and was glad the numbers were few and far between, just the way I like it.

Rare Birds
Rare Birds(2001)

Shot in beautiful Newfoundland by Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson. Based on the novel by Canadian Edward Riche, who also wrote the screenplay. Stars Molly Parker, a wonderful Canadian actress.

Strange Brew
Strange Brew(1983)

A Canadian cult classic. Falls into the "so bad it's good" category.
Written, directed and starring Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis. Steve De Jarnett also writes and stars in the film.

The Heiress
The Heiress(1950)
½

A shining part of film history as far as I'm concerned. Olivia de Havilland, who is beautiful, manages to downplay her beauty, transforming herself into a reticent Heiress.
I found her naiveity and lack of social graces to be incredibly endearing and while I did not want to see her taken advantage of, Montgomonery Clift is so gorgeous that I would have gladly been in her place!
The plot is actually quite simple, but masterfully so. It's lean and manages to shy away from the melodramatic. Immensely statisfying!

Darkness
Darkness(2004)
½

Too convoluted to be scary or even entertaining.

The Wings of the Dove

A beautiful, beautiful film. I love Helena Bonham Carter in this film in particular. She plays this most difficult role in a way that we empathize and ache for her even though she isn't a particularly "good" person or isn't doing the "right" thing (ah yes moral ambiguity at its best.) I think this is especially noticable as Bonham's character, Kate is contrasted with Millie, an almost unbelievably generous soul, an ideal woman in the eyes of society.
Setting and costumes- just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Only downside is that I feel depressed after watching this movie- yet I go back again and again. If I catch a glimpse of it flipping through the channels I stop dead and become absorbed once again.

Carnal Knowledge
½

A bleak look at love, to say the least. This film follows 2 male leads over 3 generations. The longtime friends meet as college roomates; one is a hopeful idealist (Garfunkle), the other a cocky bastard (Nicholson). Over time they both become cocky bastards.
Needless to say this film pissed me off, more than any other film featuring womanizing jerks that I can think of off-hand.
The women were wooden and blah, far from complex, which I think undermined the power of the film. In "Closer", a later Mike Nichols film the women are much more complex, not so much victims, as participants in their angst-filled relationships.
I suppose one could argue they chose a particular type of woman, or rather any attractive woman who wouldn't challenge their own narrow, infantile view of the world where they are king.
Where I thought this film did succeed was in the portrayal of a longstanding male friendship. I also think it did a reasonable job of transitioning the people and places through 30 years. Also, it held my attention and provoked quite a deeply felt emotional response, as negative as it was!
I still consider myself a fan of Nichols and consider this film to be a interesting addition to his oeuvre.

A Fish Called Wanda
½

I really enjoyed the beginning of the film but it somehow lost its momentum. Contains funniest sex scene ever between Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, who are both incredibly charismatic.

Red Eye
Red Eye(2005)
½

Not a bad, but not entirely believable thriller. It has its moments and I especially liked the scenes set on the claustrophobic coach section of the plane. After that the film lost its hold on me.
I did like the chemistry between the leads Cillian Murphy and Rachel McAdams. Their relationship begins with a seeming chance encounter involving light banter which allows for some great sexual chemistry to develop between the protagonist and antagonist. This adds a clever layer to the plot.
A good movie to watch when you can't sleep (and I don't mean that sarcastically!) Interesting enough to hold your attention but not so complex your sleepy brain will miss anything important.

Cop Land
Cop Land(1997)
½

This one was surprisingly good. I went into it expecting nothing, knowing very little about the plot or who was even in it. Some excellent performances (and a decent one from Sly Stallone.) I quite liked the mix of characters. It held my attention and kept me guessing and that's all I really want from a popcorn movie, so yay!

The Celluloid Closet

A great documentary! Incredibly interesting look at homosexuality in film from silent pictures up to 1995, when this was made. I'd like to see this documentary updated to include the past 10 years, it would be interesting to see if/how perceptions have changed.
It's really funny to realize how prudish Hollywood is compared to the rest of the world.

Full Frontal
Full Frontal(2002)
½

Comes across as trying a little too hard to be edgy. I did however find myself drawn to some characters and situations in particular. I especially liked the scenes with David Hyde Pierce and the veterinarian.

The Upside of Anger

I went into this film with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. I have to say I saw this awhile ago and would have initially been tempted to give it 4 stars but having had the time to digest it, I really have to give it 3.
I really enjoy Joan Allen in general and thought this role was perfect for her. She manages to balance right on the edge of being completely self-indulgent in her misery. Teetering but never quite going over the edge.
Her daughters however, are another story. The youngest, Lavender, played by Evan Rachel Wood was by far the most appealing. She possesses a depth and sensitivity beyond her years and the most reasonable character in the film.
I normally can't stand Kevin Costner but I actually found I was attracted to his character. I loved how playful and self-depricating he was. He affably foils Allen's plans to live in isolation, wallowing in hurt and anger.
The dialogue reminded me of a stage production and I think it would make a great play.

The Hole
The Hole(2001)
½

I wasn't so thrilled with this film. In fact I'd go so far as to say it was pretty lame. I rented the film because I thought the concept was interesting.-four highschool students trapped in an underground bunker sounded like a pretty interesting social experiement, but it turned out to be rather brainless.
The story was primarily about a young woman's obsession with a goodlooking and popular a-hole (with zero charm). Thora Birch is Liz Dunn, the protagonist with a pretty sketchy British accent. I just didn't care about any of the characters, the only exception being Laurence Fox's character, but I think I have a soft spot for him because I love him on the British mystery series, Inspector Lewis.
I generally don't mind if a film follows one direction and then veers off into another but I really don't know what purpose it really serves in this case.
What I did like was the grittiness. The bunker is realistically dirty and the bathroom facilities are less than ideal. And the side story involving Keira Knightley's character's eating disorder which involves diet pill-popping shows us how ugly it can be to look pretty.
I find it interesting how Knightley's featured on the movie poster though she is a secondary character, Definetly there as eye candy. We all know Thora Birch doesn't quite measure up to Hollywood's narrow standards.
Overall I say skip this one. And I still (days later) can't stop cringing when I think about the incredibly lame ending.

Love Crazy
Love Crazy(1941)
½

Cute screwball comedy. William Powell and Myrna Loy made a great cinematic team, I can fully understand why they were/are so well loved. I do think however, that some scenes ran a little long. A little more editing would've gone a long way.
Quite enjoyed seeing William Powell in drag!

Come Live with Me
½

Thin on plot romantic film won me over because of the charisma of its stars. I think I could watch Jimmy Stewart read the phone book and be riveted. Hedy Lamarr is simply beautiful. What especially won me over was Verree Teasdale's nuanced performance as an underappreciated wife of a philanderer who we are never meant to pity.

Stephanie Daley
½

I got that happy feeling that I get once in awhile when I see an outstanding movie that reaffirms my love of film. Quite a feat considering the heavy subject matter.
Simply brilliant performances by Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn. Writer/director Hilary Brougher treats the subject matter with incredible sensitivity and paints everything with shades of grey.
Excellent supporting cast as well. It was interesting to see comedian Jim Gaffigan take on a serious role as Stephanie's father. Also noteable is Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo as Stephanie's mother.
It was just lovely to see such complex roles created for women.

The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)

While not a technically perfect film I wouldn't change a thing!

Groundhog Day

A childhood favorite of mine. I love the idea of playing with time- what would you do if you could do it over? Would the result really be any better?

Roman Holiday

A cute funny film that showcases why Audrey Hepburn is loved by so many. She is so down-to-earth and great at comedy, including physical comedy.
Gregory Peck is so handsome and charming as reporter Joe Bradley. He gives depth to a character that could have easily been one-dimensional.
It was touching to see Hepburn's character, a princess looking for some normalcy, affect Joe's seemingly unflappable exterior.

2046
2046(2005)

A fascinating. complex love story with a time travel twist approached in an original way.
Visually very strong. Cool camera angles, amazing sets, wonderful costume design.
I was able to enjoy this film with my right brain as I was taken in my its' beauty instead of over-analyzing the concept (as I often have a tendency to do!)

The Aristocrats

A documentary about a very dirty joke told by various comedians, each with their own take, all ending with the same punchline: "The Aristorcrats."
An interesting look at the world of comedy, how comedians push the boundaries on what is acceptable and a discussion on what is considered taboo.
It all began several years ago as an inside joke between the cast of Saturday Night Live (Chevy Chase, etc.) and was passed around the comedy circuit.
Many entertainers were featured including; Bob Saget of "Full House" fame, who happily shows us a different side of his himself, Paul Reiser. Whoopie Goildberg, Robin Williams and Gilbert Godfrey.
I often preferred the women's versions of the joke (as I didn't find them completely digusting.)
The joke definetly pushed the boundaries of my own comfort level but I still found the concept of the documentary very interesting.

Failure to Launch

A terribly empty film.