2012 (41)

Francis in the Haunted House (1956)
Most of the film is anything but Francis or the haunted house. My first Francis film and probably the last. (07/14/12)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
The Story of a Single Day on Earth
The Swedish version is just as full of holes as the novel. (07/03/12)

Life in a Day (2011)
The Story of a Single Day on Earth
Beautiful documentary detailing a single day on planet Earth. Oddly enough I don’t remember anyone laughing… (07/01/12)

The Beaver (2011)
He’s here to save Walter’s life.
Mel Gibson is amazing in this quirky, tight film. I’m still in awe, creepy curmudgeon he is. (06/??/12)

Jack Goes Boating (2010)
In love you either sink or swim
The movie just never transported me anywhere. It just felt like Hoffman doing his thing… (06/09/12)

Stardust Memories (1980)
A little bit too rambling and a little bit too 8-1/2. It just felt vapid and overly self indulgent. (06/05/12)

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)
It revealed a lot I did not know about him, like the fascination for guns. But a lot of it was just famous people talking crap. (06/04/12)

Rabbit Hole (2010)
The only way out is through.
Kidman and Wiestt do some amazing acting, all in subtlety. But it’s weird seeing actors cry with no tears. (05/30/12)

Gran Torino (2008)
The acting by the supporting cast was painful. It seemed more like an after school special. (05/20/12)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The camp, patter and amazing physical comedy all wonderfully wrapped up by a genius cast. (05/19/12)

Holiday (1938)
If you had a million… which sister would you pick to spend it with?
The film just did not click for me; it just seemed overly sentimental. And kind of unfair to the 1%. (05/18/12)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
She Passed Out On Cary! No Wonder . . . She’s just discovered his favorite aunts have poisoned their 13th gentleman friend!
An American classic that never ceases to amuse. I once took a friend to see it in the theatre and she laughed non-stop. (05/12/12)

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
As boys, they said they would die for each other. As men, they did.
Very long film of a repulsive guy = bleh (05/11/12)

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
Storming to a New High in High Adventure !
Source of the ‘stinking badges’ meme, Bogart goes crazy for no apparent reason. (04/24/12)

La Nuit Américaine (1973)
A movie for people who loves movies.
Like my love for films showing the backstage workings of theatre, this worked for the workings of film. Acting was ‘meh’.(04/10/12)

The Fan (1981)
The final act is murder
When I was a kid, I really wanted to see this film but couldn’t because it was R rated. It’s a trainwreck. But hey, where else can you see Lauren Bacall do cheezy 80′s music theatre?(03/17/12)

The Big Year (2011)
I thought I’d hate it as a ‘birder’, but surprisingly enjoyed it. There were some fun ‘inside’ jokes but non-birders could still enjoy.(03/15/12)

The King’s Speech (2010)
The Nation Awaits…
It’s good to see Australians also mimic the British. Lovely film. (03/12/12)

127 Hours  (2010)
Every Second Counts
Wonderfully put together… and then pulled apart!  Ow! (03/10/12)

Force of Evil (1948)
Uninspired noir that drags and I keep on seeing Thomas Gomez all over the place.(03/09/12)

The Departed (2006)
Cops or Criminals. When you’re facing a loaded gun what’s the difference?
More wise guy shtick, it’s getting tiresome…(03/06/12)

Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
My favorite film to date. I love Exquisite Corpse stories and this film piques my interest in exploring the boundaries of narrative.(03/03/12)

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Fight for your fate.
It started interestingly enough and ended in romantic tedium.(03/02/12)

Hugo (2011)
Unlock the secret
Overly disappointing, Baron’s acting was surprisingly flat but hey, at least you get to see some awesome vintage film on the big screen.(02/29/12)

Key Largo (1948)
A storm of fear and fury in the sizzling Florida Keys!
OMG, Edward G. Robinson slaps Humphrey Bogart!(02/27/12)

The Invisible Woman (1940)
Campy, slappy, silly. Great study of double-takes, some work and some don’t. Margaret Hamilton does some great shticking.(02/25/12)

Brewster McCloud (1970)
“Something else” from the director of M*A*S*H
I had seen the ending several years ago and became obsessed with it. Unfortunately the ending and wonderful White Feather Wings are the only redeeming aspects of this weak showing by Altman.(02/23/12)

The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love…again.
Quinn Cummings is amazingly funny but the movie felt too dated… too Neil Simon. (02/22/12)

The Dresser (1983)
What happens backstage is always true drama. And often pure comedy.
I like films that show the backstage workings of theatre. This film makes me fear Shakespeare even more. (02/08/12)

City Lights (1931)
A Comedy Romance in Pantomime
One of the funniest opening scenes, but I’m still a sucker for Sturges’ Palm Beach Story. Some of the miming seems tired, but when it shines, it’s unbelievable.(02/06/12)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Would you erase me?
All around wonderful acting. I now have a better appreciation for Jim Carrey. The special effects were intriguing but never distracting.(01/29/12)

Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Leave Normal Behind.
It starts out trite and silly, but soon loosens up and matures into a finely crafted film. Nice performance by Eugene Hutz.(01/20/12)

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
They shared everything – except success.
Overly disappointing portrayal of Joe Orton, who comes across as pretentious and smarmy. And Wally Shawn is awful! The production has a dated feel to it and so many opportunities for good storytelling are missed. Alfred Molina’s performance was the only saving grace. (01/19/12)

Look Both Ways (2005)
Disaster is Everywhere
A neat idea, but it quickly turns sappy and stiff. This is why writing and directing the same piece should be avoided. Awesome example of acting sin #8: wandering around when trying to show emotion. (01/19/12)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
A Mighty Motion Picture Of Action And Adventure!
The first half was terribly boring except for the scenery. The second half was more interesting. Peter O’Toole’s hair and eyes kept on looking at Julie Christie’s in Doctor Zhivago (01/18/12)

Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)
One of Todd Haynes’ weaker films seems derivative of Balaban’s 1989 film, Parents. The child actor is great and reminds me of the nephew from Uncle Boomjee because of his bland face and underbite. (01/16/12)

Paths of Glory (1957)
It explodes in the no-man’s land no picture ever dared cross before!
Really poor acting/directing in some spots, but Kirk Douglas and Adolphe Menjou carry it through. You can see glimmers of Strangelove in this war film. (01/16/12)

Seabiscuit (2003)
The true story of a long shot who became a legend.
The acting, editing, directing, cinematography, writing – all wonderful. And as a result, it was just too perfect. Macy’s character of the slick-talking radio announcer helped smooth it over. (01/16/12)

Phantom of the Opera  (1943)
Nice cinematography but the acting really waned. It was fun seeing a young Hume Cronyn with one line and how they made up Franz Liszt complete with facial warts. (01/14/12)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul reminds me a lot of Peter Greenaway but much slower.  I like how calm everything is in ‘Joe’s’ films and the simple grace of the actors. (01/09/12)

The Deadly Mantis (1957)
This was the day that engulfed the world in terror!
Jazz listeners, slovenly aviators, Italian fishermen, eskimos and bus drivers all fall victim to the giant mantis unlocked from its icy tomb by vulcanism. I am a sucker for B-movies and this one did not disappoint. Interesting use of stock footage showing US military might and the term It’s all Jake!. It was weird how the monster tries to goose the token woman at the end and all the guys laugh. (01/07/12)

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