AWAY FROM HER

08/11/2013

 

Sarah Polley writes and directs from Alice Munro's short story, a beautiful love story: yes.

 

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

10/25/2012

 
Quiet, elegant, French Canadian adaptation of a one-character play about an Algerian refugee / schoolteacher leading a class of middle-schoolers through grief and loss while managing his own. Yes.
http://www.musicboxfilms.com/monsieur-lazhar-movies-2.php
 

GOON

07/02/2012

 
Surprisingly decent hockey movie with Seann William Scott, Allison Pill and Liev Schreiber that is almost ruined by the presence of Jay Baruchel, who belongs with Jonah Hill in the "crappy actors that made it big" category.
http://www.magnetreleasing.com/goon/index.shtml
 
 
Deepa Metha's follow-up's to Fire (1996). Earth dramatizes the 1947 cataclysmic split of India into two nations, and Water shares the suffering of an eight year-old widow in the same era. Known as the Elements Trilogy, these three films examine social issues and taboo topics.
 

INCENDIES

11/20/2011

 
Loved the tough Mom's story but the pay-off seems hard to fathom. It's long, too. Great performance by Lubna Azabal. Two tracks from Radiohead. Why the giant red titles?
http://www.sonyclassics.com/incendies/
 

REMOTE CONTROL WAR

08/17/2011

 
The technology, morality, legality and ethics of the multi-billion dollar business of robotic drones, and the future of war. Is the CIA developing a robot army? Yikes! Great documentary, not for the easily freaked-out, seeing that you (or our enemies) can DIY for under $300.