Film Review: A SUMMER’S TALE Oct24

Film Review: A SUMMER’S TALE

A SUMMER’S TALE Written and Directed by Eric Rohmer Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Aurelia Nolin, Gwenaelle Simon A SUMMER”S TALE was released in 1996 in France but for some reason never found a distributor in the U.S. until now. It is part of Rohmer’s TALES OF FOUR SEASONS, the other three making a US debut at the time. (Rohmer also gathered another set of earlier films into SIX MORAL TALES : CLAIRE’S KNEE, MY NIGHT AT MAUDE’S, etc.) All of his films (and there are many more) deal with the human condition and concentrate often on young people falling (or not falling) in love. I have always been a...

Film Review: GONE GIRL Oct17

Film Review: GONE GIRL

GONE GIRL Directed by David Fincher Written by Gillian Flynn, based on her novel Starrint Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Kim Dickens, Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry SPOILERS GALORE I was ready to write a review of GONE GIRL this week although everyone with a column, a blog or a facebook account has already written one. Not much left to say at this point. Four of us saw it, all fans of the book, and all of us liked it. Each of us had some minor issues: too long, too much time spent on the media, Nick is too bland—hard to believe Amy would marry this dolt, the Desi part doesn’t work all that well, occasionally it seemed too much...

Film Review: The Skeleton Twins Oct10

Film Review: The Skeleton Twins

Directed by Craig  Johnson Written by Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson Starring: Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell Twins Maggie and Milo have been estranged for ten years when Milo’s attempt at suicide brings them together. She bundles him up and takes him back to New York where she lives with her lovable if not much loved husband. (Wilson). The siblings are prickly but their shared memories of a difficult childhood bring them together in the end. That’s basically the plot but the two are entirely believable as siblings, as troubled people, as characters you root for. The trailers make this seem more like a comedy...

Film Review: A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES Oct03

Film Review: A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

Directed by Scott Frank Written by Lawrence Block (Novel), Scott Frank (Screenplay) Starring: Liem Neeson, Dan Stevenss A Walk Among The Tombstones, an adaption of Lawrence Block’s seventh Matthew Scudder book, is a film that works on several levels. It is a skilled adaptation of an author who is deserving of one of his books being turned into a good movie. It uses a classic cinematic skill to provide a true sense of dread and darkness. It is also a smart film that assumes its audience is the same. The film starts with a well executed gunfight that defined Scudder.The plot begins much like the book. Scudder, an unlicensed P.I. and recovered...

GOOD PEOPLE: 3 clips from Sakey based film Sep24

GOOD PEOPLE: 3 clips from Sakey based film

With just a matter of days before it’s release, here are some clips from GOOD PEOPLE. Young American couple Tom and Anna Reed (James Franco and Kate Hudson) fall into severe debt while renovating Anna’s family home in London. As the couple faces the loss of their dream to have a house and start a family, they discover that the tenant in the apartment below them has been murdered and he left behind a stash of cash—$400,000 worth. Though initially hesitant, Tom and Anna decide that the plan is simple: all they have to do is quietly take the money and use only what’s necessary to get them out of debt. But when they start...

Film Review: THE TRIP TO ITALY Sep19

Film Review: THE TRIP TO ITALY

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, based on a TV series and the 2010 film THE TRIP Starring: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon The success of the 2010 film THE TRIP pretty much assured another adventure for the duo. In the first film, they trudged through the North of England, eating, doing imitations of famous actors, making anxious calls back home, and, most importantly, bonding with each other and making the audience laugh. There is not all that much new in this second film. The duo is now following the path of the 19th century Romantic Poets in Italy. The food is better, if less discussed; their accommodations have been bumped up a notch;...