CEDAR RAPIDS

7/20/2011

 
How long is this Man-Child obsession going to last? And in how many movies will Ed Helms  portray a character in a doomed relationship who falls in love with a blond prostitute? Not many laugh out loud moments, a slight quirky film with John C. Reilly: so therefore you must see it.

Official Site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/cedarrapids/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Cedar_Rapids/70138638?trkid=496624
 

MOOZ-LUM

7/18/2011

 
Evan Ross, son of singer Diana Ross, portrays a young Muslim American man struggling with his faith, family and identity in this moving independent film from first time director Qasim Basir.

Official Site: http://moozlumthemovie.com/moozlum
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Mooz-Lum/70174309?trkid=496624
 

RANGO

7/17/2011

 
Not just for kids, and not for the very young uns. Violent funny western. Great, all the way around: Roger Deakins my favorite DP advised on the lighting.

Official Site: http://www.rangomovie.com/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Rango/70137742?trkid=496624
 
 
If I knew more about Thai culture this movie might make more sense. It's a beautiful, mysterious, strange yet realistic ghost story about life, death, and previous lives. Deserves a second look. Shot on 16mm film.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Uncle_Boonmee_Who_Can_Recall_His_Past_Lives/70139516?trkid=496624
 

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

7/14/2011

 
Routine yet engaging adaptation of a Michael Connelly novel. Matthew McConaughey's well cast in this role as an L.A. criminal defense attorney with a southern drawl. The characters are interesting, the tension builds and ultimately pays-off despite the egregious camera zooms.

Official Site: http://www.thelincolnlawyermovie.com/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/The_Lincoln_Lawyer/70167077?trkid=496624
 
 
Slight delay in movie notes as I'm reading Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku.

http://mkaku.org
 

BABY FACE (1933)

7/12/2011

 
Pre-Code drama starring Barbra Stanwyck as an ambitious beauty who after a rough start in life followed by a rousing lecture on Nietzche "sleeps" her way to the top. Loved it!

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Baby_Face/70034661?trkid=496624
 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

7/11/2011

 
Writer, talker and New Yorker Fran Lebowitz sits for a cinematic portrait by Martin Scorcese. 

Official Site: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/public-speaking
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Public_Speaking/70176844?trkid=496624
 
 
Miss the political incorrectness of the '70s? Feeling nostalgic for the dawn of sketch comedy satires? This nascent groundbreaking comedy from Jim Abrahams, David and Jerry Zucker will either introduce you to the dawn of a sub-genre, or provide a welcome flashback.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Kentucky_Fried_Movie/60001617?trkid=496624
 
 
Nicholas Ray's film noir starts as a gritty police procedural and evolves out of the darkness into  the end of the film noir era. Tough characters, hard boiled dialogue, and great performances by Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino. Short, tight, moving.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/On_Dangerous_Ground/70050322?trkid=496624
TCM: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/374114|70957/On-Dangerous-Ground.html