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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Kill Bill 3 Rumors on Twitter?

23 January, 2011

This is a public service announcement for everyone who would be as excited as I would about this news, if there was even a remote chance it was for real. Rumors are spreading that Quentin Tarantino announced via “his” twitter account that Kill Bill 3 is written and on it’s way to released in 2013. […]

new image of Andrew Garfield as Spiderman

14 January, 2011

Caught this on Fandango this morning.  You can find their story here. Even after the trainwreck that was the last Spiderman movie, I thought a reboot was a silly idea.  Then I heard Andrew Garfield was attached to the reboot and it started to seem less silly.  Now with this picture, the idea is swinging […]

getting excited for the upcoming year in film

13 January, 2011

There are a lot of great filmmakers working on some very exciting projects right now.  Lucky for us, some of those are finished or in post-production and set to be released in 2011. Here’s a list of the ones I know about so far that I am excited to see.  I’m sure there will be […]

the list of now’s year in film: 2010

8 January, 2011

I have mixed feelings about this year.  There was a giant gaping hole where the summer movie season was supposed to be.  It felt like a lot longer of a drought, but when I looked back at my notes, journals, facebook updates and whatnot over the year I do feel like it was a good […]

Nick Cave’s “O Children” in the latest Harry Potter film

27 November, 2010

As much as I love film and have a great, great love for several favorite films in particular, my obsession and connection with music runs an entire level deeper.  I am not exaggerating when I say the the use of music and excellent sound cues contributes so much to my experience watching a film, it […]

Is Deathly Hallows: Part 1 the Best Potter Film Yet?

27 November, 2010

I’m going to go with a resounding YES.  After having a week to process, I’m still very taken by it, as much as I was walking out of the theater.  I really can’t wait to see it again.  I thought the script was tighter and paced better than any of the other films.  The direction […]

Two minute review: “Crazy Heart”

30 September, 2010

Finally got around to watching this on dvd last night. Jeff Bridges was excellent because Jeff Bridges is always excellent, but I thought it was a fairly mediocre movie about someone who isn’t very interesting or compelling. In fact, I enjoyed this movie much more when it was done a couple years ago with Mickey […]

a silly list: If gossip magazines featured people I actually find interesting

10 July, 2010

If gossip magazines featured people I actually find interesting, there would be obnoxious abbreviated celebrity nicknames like…

You know what they say about Hugh Jackman…

28 February, 2009

He’s awesome.  (It’s true, many people say that). hehe. So the actual punchline to this joke… errr… I’ll tell you later.* Ok. So this is a completely fluffy post in place of me doing the scads of recaps that I’ve been wanting to post. I’ve had a long week.  I’m well aware that I’m way […]

MTV’s Spoilers Has “Watchmen” Footage

22 February, 2009

Part of the scene when Night Owl and the Silk Spectre bust into the prison.  (You will need to watch a short ad first) It’s from the MTV Movies site. I’ve seen some comments around the internet  indicating that people think it looks silly or cheesy.  I can see what people are saying, but I […]

Stop-Motion Love.

18 February, 2009

Darcy posted this video on facebook the other day.  I discovered (and fell in love with ) the song last summer, but had never seen the video.  Turns out it is really, really beautiful.

Five things that almost ruin “Four Weddings and a Funeral”

8 January, 2009

(a movie that I find fairly delightful) 1.  The absurd hats.  Did I miss something?  Were enormous floppy hats really that in style at the end of the 80’s? 2.  Andie Macdowell.  (in general) 3.  The line “Is it still raining?  I hadn’t noticed.”  (and the way she says it.) 4.  The line “Is it […]