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A Somewhat Gentle Man
Sunday March 6th, 2011
A Somewhat Gentle Man is a low budget dark comedy from Norway. The Man in the aforementioned title is Ulrik and his weathered, expressionless face doesn't reveal a lot about what he's thinking but after serving 12 years in prison for murder he seems ready to put his old life…More
2011 Oscarcast
Monday February 28th, 2011
"Somewhere over the Rainbow" sung by New York's P.S. 22 choir concluded the Academy Awards and it pretty much summed up the cheerful mood that Hollywood was in this year as they reached out to award the Best Picture Oscar to The King's Speech. Maybe America and the world need it now, who knows, we can always use some hope. The King's Speech is a classically enacted…More
2011 Oscar Picks
Saturday February 26th, 2011
IT'S OSCAR WEEKEND! BEST PICTURE: I think The Social Network will win. It's brilliant and what's more relevant to American culture today than the Internet and Facebook. BEST ACTOR: 5 excellent nominees but I think Colin Firth will win for The King's Speech. When Colin as King George VI gives his Speech you can almost feel the audience cheer. BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman should win for Black…More
The Housemaid
Friday February 25th, 2011
The Housemaid is a 2010 remake of a revered classic of 1960 South Korean cinema. In the original a nice couple rues the day they hire a housemaid after she tries to wreck their marriage and is instrumental in the death of one of their children. In this updated version…More
The Illusionist
Saturday February 12th, 2011
"The Illusionist" is a great animated feature and Oscar nominee. It's the melancholy story of an old magician that time is passing by. He and other old vaudeville performers can't compete with TV and Rock and Roll acts that have captured the public's imagination. He is forced to travel to…More
Thursday February 10th, 2011
Best Foreign Language Picture nominee "Biutiful" is a triumph for Best Actor nominee Javier Bardem playing a small time Barcelona criminal who acts as a kind of shadowy middleman between illegal human traffickers and corrupt authorities. When he learns that he has a terminal illness his life becomes a struggle…More
Oscar Nominations
Friday January 28th, 2011
Yesterday was Oscar nominations day. They nominated a really good little film called "Winter's Bone" for Best Picture. It's a stark, raw portrait of a determined girl searching for her lost father in a desperately poor, rural American setting. Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress nominee) is excellent as the girl and John Hawkes got a supporting actor nod for playing her uncle. The other 9 nominees …More
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
Thursday January 13th, 2011
The last film I saw was "Blue Valentine" with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. This film was originally NC-17 but they appealed to the MPAA and got an R rating instead. The R rating was right because this film isn't at all about voyeuristic, gratuitous sex. Gosling and Williams turn…More
True Grit's Jeff Bridges
Wednesday January 5th, 2011
The Coen brothers made their first Western with "Grit" and it's a total triumph. The sentimentality of the original film is gone and this is the version of this story that I'd always wanted to see. I loved it. Bridges is outstanding as Rooster. Not to take anything away from Wayne…More
Rabbit Hole
Monday January 3rd, 2011
"Rabbit Hole" is a very compelling and beautifully written study of how a married couple struggle to cope with the tragic loss of a child. ¬†Nicole Kidman is the mother who can't find comfort or relief in the usual emotional salves people turn to. Aaron Eckhart is the husband who…More

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