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Jane Eyre
Wednesday March 30th, 2011
The Charlotte Bronte 1847 classic Jane Eyre is back for another go around courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska as Eyre, Michael Fassbender as Rochester and Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax. Why another version? In an interview Moira Buffini who wrote this adaptation for BBC Films said…More
Of Gods and Men
Monday March 28th, 2011
Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men is a very powerful film based on actual events that occurred at a French monastery in Algeria in the 1990s during the Algerian Civil War. The Trappist monks live a hard life of prayer and self-sacrifice. They live in peace with the…More
Poetry Film
Monday March 21st, 2011
Poetry, a Korean film written and directed by Lee Chang-Dong is the 2010 winner of the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival. ¬†It begins and ends with a river to symbolize the enduring human spirit which keeps on flowing even through the darkest times. When Yang Mi-Ja was a…More
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
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
Biutiful
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
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
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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
Rabbit Hole
5
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
Colin Firth in The Kings Speech
5
Monday January 3rd, 2011
"The King's Speech" is excellent historical drama. Colin Firth should get a second consecutive Oscar nomination for his work as the tongue-tied Duke of York who reluctantly seeks out the services of an Australian speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) because his love struck older brother, Edward, (Guy Pearce of LA Confidential)…More

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