THE ARBOR

9/14/2011

 
Innovative fascinating documentary about British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her family. Brilliant, subtitled: loved it!

NYT review: http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/04/27/movies/the-arbor-a-biopic-of-andrea-dunbar-review.html
 
 
More than a heartbreaking documentary about the kidnapping and murder of an Afghan journalist: a rough but perfect example of the mess we've made.
Official Site: http://www.fixerdoc.com/
 
 
Absurd slapstick French New Wave comedy with loads of visual and lingual trickery. Louis Malle adapts Raymond Queneau's popular novel. Malle: "a critique of the language of cinema...  with lots of parody and pastiche." Cool because it's Paris: 1960.
Official Site: http://www.criterion.com/films/27626-zazie-dans-le-metro
 

PAUL

9/8/2011

 
Slightly funny, space alien movie homage from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Doesn't compare with their previous work; Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz. The cast is fine, direction: ho-hum.
Official Site: http://www.whatispaul.com
 
 
Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy) faithfully interprets Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not with John Garfield as a struggling vet skipper and family man, his mistress Patricia Neal, and a ruthless band of criminals. Great movie. One of Garfield's (an original Bad Ass Mofo) last screen performance.
 
 
Award winning beautiful but long family drama from Danish director Susanne Bier on the topics of fatherhood, responsibility, violence, revenge and forgiveness. Outstanding acting, music, cinematography and performances.

Official Site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/inabetterworld/
 
 
Limited, monochromatic animation for adults from Bill Plympton. 'S okay.
Official Site: http://www.idiotsandangels.com/