I SAW THE DEVIL

5/17/2011

 
Revenge films are great, but I had to fast forward through most of the first 19 minutes, past the murder & dismemberment to get to it. And woe, there's more in this violent, graphic, bloody tale, which is particularly hard on the females. A handsome young man seeks retribution on the sick serial killer who slaughtered his betrothed. Slick, stylish, great characters, not for the squeamish.
Korean.

Official Site: http://www.isawthedevilmovie.com/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/I-Saw-the-Devil/70144554?trkid=1660#height1716
 

NY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

5/16/2011

 
Adorable Japanese animated film suitable for young kids and adult too. A treasure in frequent play here at our home! No other animated film has captured the attention of our two year-old.
(Fox version.)

Netflix:http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/My_Neighbor_Totoro/60032294?trkid=2361637
More info: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/totoro/
 
 
The Arctic is beautiful, and the tedium of working there is captured, but the story is slightly boring, and only occasionally suspenseful. Too many close-ups and not enough narrative.

Official Site: http://www.howiendedthissummer.com.au
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/How_I_Ended_This_Summer/70132737?trkid=496624#height1552
 

Read a book!

5/13/2011

 
Why did I put Blue Valentine in my queue? Gave it a shot, but quickly realized that this was two hours that I'd rather spend reading a good book: Cleopatra, A Life, by Stacy Schiff. Makes me want to watch HBO's Rome, again! Although I wasn't enamored with their casting of Cleopatra...
 

THE TUNNEL (2001)

5/12/2011

 
Made for German TV (167 minutes) and based on the true story of defectors from East Germany who burrow underground to rescue others. Emotional and suspenseful. Love the story, style, setting (1960s), characters, and the acting; stoic, cool, minimal.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/The_Tunnel/60025064?trkid=496624#height2085
 

BHUTTO

5/11/2011

 
Essential primer on the nation of Pakistan, and it's most famous family and first daughter turned two time Prime Minister: Benazir Bhutto. From the dynamic opening title sequence 'til the end, this quick paced and informative documentary chronicles the life of an amazing woman.

Official Site: http://www.bhuttothefilm.com/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Bhutto/70129349?trkid=496624#height977
 

THE ILLUSIONIST

5/10/2011

 
Jacques Tati's screenplay is adapted and directed by The Triplets of Bellville creator and the result is a beautifully crafted yet emotionally distant film. A lovely work of art. It's refreshing to watch a film without dialogue or close-ups, true to Tati in style, and only 80 minutes long.

Official site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/theillusionist/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/The_Illusionist/70134430?trkid=496624#height2570
 

LA HAINE

5/8/2011

 
La Haine, or in English, Hate, is the most Hollywood style French film about French culture that I've ever seen. Vincent Cassel establishes himself in his film debut as a BadAssMofo. The film is technically strong, the characters engrossing, but the overall theme is so brutally bleak, it's hard to take... Spike Lee & Martin Scorsese fans will enjoy.

Official Site: http://www.criterion.com/films/216-la-haine
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/La_Haine/70007071?trkid=496624#height2187
 

CASINO JACK

5/7/2011

 
Love Kevin Spacey? His characterization of Jack Abramoff is engaging. The narrative flows at a quick pace. Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz add to a humorous well-written political romp.

Official Site: http://casinojack-movie.com
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Casino_Jack/70122321?trkid=496624#height1648
 
 
Funny Norwegian drama about an ex-con and the choices he makes upon his release from a 12 year prison term. Great characters, cool style, wonderful performances, solid story: loved it!

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/A-Somewhat-Gentle-Man/70132813?trkid=1660#height1554