her + emotional connection

the movie “Her” + mapping emotional landscapes

19 January, 2014

I saw “Her” last weekend and I have big feelings about it. This is not a review. I was not sure what to say about how intensely it moved me, but in trying to figure out what and how I wanted to say it, I began tracing the edges of the parts of me that […]

Pina - Still (IFC Films, 2011)

fragility + strength – a review of Wim Wenders’ “Pina”

24 February, 2013

I watched this film last weekend. I’m still having difficulty formulating what I want to say about it. I’ll start with some context. Wim Wenders was working with Pina Bausch on a documentary about her life when she suddenly died. The intended film was replaced with a new vision for a moving tribute by her […]

Why Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables” is a game-changer.

20 September, 2012

I still remember the day that I found out that no one was really singing in the movie version of West Side Story (and learned about dubbing) — not going to lie, my five-year-old heart broke a little bit. Eventually I got over it. After a while, I was able to still watch and enjoy […]

the shitlist: NBC’s Olympics Coverage.

28 July, 2012

I’m a total Olympics fangirl. I also have a longstanding crush on London. Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to the opening ceremonies and these events for weeks. I thought Danny Boyle did an extraordinary job with the opening ceremonies and there was a lot that I loved about it. That is going to […]

Seven thoughts about “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

19 February, 2012

I just watched this movie and then was sitting down to write a different blog post, and all of this was stuck in my brain. A movie is never just a movie. These are the type of things I think about.

See also: times when I wish I could turn off my “critical analysis” mechanism.

Two Minute Review: Crazy Stupid Love

25 January, 2012

Waste of talent. Waste of time. Terrible movie. It might have been salvageable and decently fun, had the entire movie been about Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s characters. Maybe not. Maybe I could just watch Ryan Gosling do anything The directing alternated between boring and weird. The writing was way too trite to take itself […]

House Crush: the “Revenge” Beach House

21 January, 2012

I love the show Revenge. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a dishy night-time (melo)drama that is actually incredibly well produced, directed, acted and written. I think the difference between Revenge and other soap-dramas that have come and go over the years is that this one knows itself and delivers the right balance of cleverness, […]

the list of now’s favorites: 2011

15 January, 2012

Oh hi, middle of January. It was time to do this 3 weeks ago. Alas, I had some priority issues over the past month – this blog being one of the things that had to go hang out on the back burner for a while. So here’s my list of highlights from 2011: Books Music […]

David Yates to direct a “Doctor Who” MOVIE?

14 November, 2011

Just caught this on /film: This has been a long time coming. Doctor Who, the BBC sci-fi series that has run for decades starting in 1963, with a few breaks here and there, will finally hit the big screen after several years of rumors about a new film being in development. The BBC has enlisted […]

Holy Crap! Oh Man! It’s the Hunger Games Trailer!

14 November, 2011

I will probably need to watch this a few hundred times more today to be sure, but I’d say that they pretty much nailed it. I love everything about this. It nearly made me cry.

“They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”

3 September, 2011

The trailer for Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) I watched this today. It is an excellent film, but also completely devastating. It’s about desperate people, during the Great Depression, competing in a dance marathon for prize money, who increasingly become (or realize that they’ve been set up as) performers in a show […]

PSA: It’s trailer day for “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″

27 April, 2011

((chills)) More comments later after I’ve watched it a bazillion more times and analyzed it thoroughly in HD.

Two Minute Review: “Scream 4″

25 April, 2011

I went into this movie expecting to have fun watching it, good or bad and I am pleased to say that I really did. Self-aware and meta to the point of self-obsession, the writing as the plot winds-up was either intentionally campy and over-the-top OR a really half-assed hack job.  It turned out to not […]

PSA: “Twin Peaks” is now available for streaming on Netflix

17 April, 2011

This is a public service announcement to let y’all know that Twin Peaks is now streaming on Netflix. Put that on the pile with My So-called Life, X-Files and Buffy, all already available and I can pretty much just watch TV as if it’s 1990-something, which makes for a very happy Bonnie.

Padma said what?

8 April, 2011

1. First order of business – Ms. Dorothy Snarker who has an excellent blog for + about queer ladies, is now also on tumblr. (yay!)  Follow her. You won’t be disappointed. 2. It’s because of following Ms. Snarker’s tumblr that I caught this post with a clip from the recent Top Chef reunion, in which […]

list of oscar predictions 2011

26 February, 2011

Here are my picks (if I ruled the world), my predictions (what I think will actually happen) and Ebert’s picks (just for fun comparison!) best picture what I would pick: The Social Network or Black Swan what will probably win: The King’s Speech what Ebert says: The King’s Speech direction who I would pick: David […]

first impressions on the “X-Men: First Class” Trailer

12 February, 2011

So far, I love: – The casting of the guys in this. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are going to the knock this out of the park and we all know it. Even if the screenplay is weak and all else fails, I could watch those two as X and Magneto all day. Of course […]