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It's Nobel Prize time and the Castelmans are on their way to Stockholm to pick up his Literature Prize. From the outset, the relationship of man and wife is complex- at moments warm and playful, at others isolated and dark. In other words- realistic. But secrets twist around this couple like snakes in a garden and strike at unlikely moments. The acting for the most part was right on the mark, though the biographer was too slimy to be good. Loved the piece because it was a movie for adults- complex, layered, and dealt with big themes.
Cartoon all the way through. It was a true story. It could have been told with a minimum of nuance that would make it real and relatable. Instead, it was a sledgehammer with the usual stereotypes. Adam Driver was the only actor who bothered to act, and he did a great job. The ending felt tacked on so that the audience would walk away with some kind of powerful feeling, because the script certainly didn't provide it...
Marvelous. Quirky. Touching. The story of a man who is determined to get a piano for his daughter. When all of the usual routes fail, he and his friends build an instrument for her. Their stories intertwine and with a mix of music from different cultures (Russian, European, and US tunes) the story is a true world joy.
Totally engaging doc about Chelsea, NYC, and particularly about the Avenue School for wealthy students and the housing projects across the street from it. In moments, you're seduced by the kids on both sides of the divides and are rooting for them. It's a great study of money and the role it plays in the lives of the generation. Both sides struggle to understand what it means to have and have not and what they could or should do about it.
The topic is completely fascinating, and some of the interviews are intriguing. It should have made for a great film. But Greenfield wants this film to be her biopic, and, in doing that, loses focus. She spends too much time examining her relationship with her mother and son and loses the wide ranging exploration that made her book of the same name so incredibly fascinating. . She interviews a lot of the people she had included in her earlier studies, and just as we get caught up in their stories, she swerves back to her own life. A missed opportunity.
Pretty pictures. Great music. Tons of philosophy and symbolism. I liked the ending...
Very realistic picture of a 60 year old cabaret dancer/ party girl who's coming to the end of her party days, though she doesn't acknowledge it. Fortunately for her, an old friend really loves her and asks her to marry him. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't love him but tries her best to plough through that. Delicately told piece, of love and damaged souls.
It's possible to make a worse mess than this dramedy/horror flick, but it's hard to imagine how. Though the piece had a great premise, and some MILDLY amusing moments (only moments) , it fell apart early on. Tried to throw every trope at the wall to see what stuck, and descended into a pathetic horror scenario with a predictable ending. It didn't help that the main character was such a sad sack with no nuance and no depth. There was some quite adequate acting here and there in the piece. Save your time and go to something interesting.
It's Dietrich at her early best. The twists are pre-code and characters are straight out of melodramas, but it really works. Dietrich's face, even when it's frozen, tells everything.
Stunning. From the horrors of the trenches to the decadence of post WWI Paris, this film pulls out all the stops. Part abstract/surreal, it has real villains, truly sympathetic characters, and the most amazing art work I've seen in a while...
It's a road trip. It;s a biopic. It's an exploration of Elvis as symbol of the USA-both dying of excess and emptiness. One of the most moving docs I've seen in ages told through music, fascinating encounters, and tje story of the 2016 election....
Fascinating doc about identical triplets who were separated at birth and found each other when they were 19 years old. It chronicles their story after theyw ere united and it leads to some really intriguing revelations.Although the contents is great, the presentation is a bit deadening.
Beautifully filmed. The battle of beauty and politics in ancient Korea. Complex characters, plots, and themes. Loved the fashions.
Low key. Real. Touching. Engaging every minute. The story of a country doctor with a brain tumor and his young replacement is delicately and beautifully told. Unsentimental with no easy outs or dodges. Totally satisfying...
Stunning. Nuanced. Haunting, complex, mesmerizing script. On the mark acting. incredible production values. It doesn't get any better than this.
Terrific doc about Rachel Dolezal who lived for over 5 years as a "black" leader in her community though she was genetically, in fact, white. The film maker builds her story carefully and compellingly, examining the issues of race that immerse Dolezal and the cost of her role playing on her family and community. Just when you think you've got Dolezal nailed, though, the film sends you into a tailspin.
Pretty much boring, self-indulgent, and hagiographic. Sad and overlong with much repetition...
An exceptionally tender and real movie with great acting. It doesn't actually take the easy way out of the cost of fame. But somehow it makes it all settle into your heart.
Surprisingly good noir about a playwright who marries an actor who's taking her for a ride. The cinematography is fascinating, the acting is on target by all actors. Plot twists at the end abound...
An impossible actor- out of work. A decent job reenacting a crime scene for the police. A triple murder. Gorgeous scenery in the Alps. Quirky characters abound. Engaging all the way through, and an oddly satisfying ending..