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A Summer In Genoa
3 years ago via Movies on Facebook

Michael Winterbottom may be the ultimate chameleonic director, but while he excels in diversity, he fails in consistency. About the only thing you could say is uniform about his films is he always chooses subjects that people steer away from, which explains his lack of box office success. Genova is one of his more pared down efforts, about a family struggling with grief, and especially guilt, over the death of a loved one. It starts with a wallop and then takes its time sorting through the various perspectives of the family members. Winterbottom manages to avoid all the pitfalls and cliches inherint in the subject. Some people may find Genova too low key (maybe they'd prefer the cliches) but I personally found it very rewarding and affecting.

No Rest for the Wicked
5 years ago via Flixster

The most acclaimed Spanish film of 2011 comes as a great disappointment, especially after such strong opening scenes. Filled with tension and a sense of dread, we watch as the film's drunken anti-hero gets kicked out of one bar and enters another. With a grisly appearance and barely surpressing his fury, we know we are in for something quite unpleasant. What ensues is pure Tarantino and sets up an expectation of a slick if violent thrill ride. What we get instead is a frustrantingly unfathomable police procedural where motivation seems immaterial. Story strands accumulate and are left dangling, as are we by film's end. I don't need to be spoon fed explanations, but a little logic or character background would induce some care factor. As Bart Simpson would say in Spanish - multiplicar por cero (whatever).

Beasts of the Southern Wild
5 years ago via Flixster