THE INNOCENTS Reviewed Jul29

THE INNOCENTS Reviewed

The Innocents Directed by Anne Fontaine Written by Sabrina B, Karine and Alice Vial Starring: Lou De Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne It is 1945 in Poland and a French Red Cross doctor is called on to minister to a convent out in the countryside. A number of the nuns are pregnant, raped by Russian soldiers who still menace the convent and village. It is that the odd year or two before Poland’s fate was completely decided. The nuns only accept Mathilde’s (De Laage)help when she agrees to keep silent about their condition. Many of the nuns were virgins before their assault and most of them are deeply disturbed...

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Reviewed Jul22

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Reviewed

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Directed by Taika Waititi Written by Barry Crump Starring Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Reima Te Wiata A boy who’s been shuffled from foster home to foster home finds a nurturing environment with an older couple in the New Zealand bush. When his foster mother dies, the father (Neill) reluctantly takes in the boy. The social worker, assigned to the case, finds this arrangement, untenable and this leads to a long chase through the bush country. This is the plot in general but it fails to account for the humor, tenderness, and quirky characters the two runaways come upon. HUNT also has a great soundtrack, terrific...

SWISS ARMY MAN Reviewed Jul15

SWISS ARMY MAN Reviewed

Swiss Army Man Written and Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schenert Starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe play two young men who turn up on a desert island although Radcliffe’s no more than a flatulent corpse when the film begins. Hank (Dano) is about to hang himself when he spots Manny (Radcliffe) washed ashore by the tide. Their friendship, and you will have to decide how that actually works out, is based on loneliness, insecurity, and a gentle humor.  You have to give up any trace of cynicism to really get onboard (along with Hank) if you want to enjoy this. But its originality, its sweetness,...

MAGGIE’S PLAN Jul01

MAGGIE’S PLAN

Maggie’s Plan Directed by Rebecca Miller Written by Karen Rinaldi Starring: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore,  Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph Maggie’s Plan is a whimsical romantic comedy about a young woman (Gerwig) seduced by the seemingly erudite novelist- to-be played by Ethan Hawke. He’s married to a professor (Julianne Moore) and father to two. This fact isn’t much of a deterrent to either of the lovers, who marry, give birth to a daughter, and proceed to grow bored with each other. The more bored of the two, Maggie, concocts a plan to reunite him with his former wife. Her plan is not clever; there is nothing...

THE LOBSTER Reviewed Jun24

THE LOBSTER Reviewed

The Lobster Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw The Lobster is the first English-speaking film by the Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos. Looking at descriptions of two of his earlier works, The Alps and Dogtooth, his mindset becomes clear. He deals with the absurd but only in service of a sharp critique of modern society. In The Alps people impersonate recently dead people to soothe the bereaved. In Dogtooth, children are kept from society until their dogtooth comes in. In The Lobster, unmarried people are given a period of time at a...