One of the saddest chapters in modern human history, the Rape of Nanking, in black and white. A simultaneously horrible and beautiful testament to the depravity of war.
Official Site: http://www.cityoflifeanddeath.co.uk/
 

CAPTAIN AMERICA

10/27/2011

 
Strong nationalist theme, heavily processed, ice-cold action packed fantasy. The slimmed-down character VFX is ridiculously inconsistent and distracting. I kept thinking the Red Skull was played by Kevin Bacon...
Official Site: http://captainamerica.marvel.com/
 

THE KRAYS (1990)

10/27/2011

 
Anglophiles and gangster film aficionados rejoice; the Brothers Kray, and the women in their violent, criminal lives are finally available for your streaming device.  More old school than modern. Not perfect, but still fascinating.
 

BEAUTIFUL BOY

10/25/2011

 
Maria Bello is a beauty, and an amazing actress in this sad story about the parents of a young mass murderer.  If you're committed to the hand-held camera, this is the way to do it.
Official Site: http://www.beautifulboythemovie.com/
 

VIVA RIVA!

10/24/2011

 
Congolese crime story with Angolan gangsters, nudity, sex and violence. Lots of twists & turns.
Official Site: http://vivariva.com/
 
 
Bertrand Tavernier's adaptation of early french novelist Madame de La Fayette's short story is sumptuous and relevant. It's long, and the battle scenes lack the Hollywood / Hong Kong treatment, but it's so gorgeous, and the characters are fascinating: and French! Loved it.
Official Site: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-princess-of-montpensier
 

TRON: LEGACY

10/22/2011

 
The visual effects and sound are great, but it's too cold to get past the first hour. Loved seeing the young clone of Jeff Bridges, but that's about it.
 

HANNA

10/20/2011

 
Love the cast; (Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett,) music: The Chemical Brothers and pretty much everything about this movie.
Official Site: http://hannathemovie.com
 

BRIDESMAIDS

10/19/2011

 
30 minutes too long and not enough laughs.
 

Mid Term Delay

10/19/2011

 
Viewing has slowed-down due to study for mid term exam. Will resume soon with Hanna and Bridesmaids.