ONLY GOD FORGIVES

12/6/2013

 

More nastiness from director Nicolas Winding Refn. It's painful to watch Ryan Gosling sleepwalk through this horrible mess. High camp: pure crap. No no no.

 
 

Brilliant German silent film by a master at the top of his game: F.W. Murnau.

 

DEREK

9/24/2013

 
Ricky Gervais's BBC4 TV mini-series brought to us via Netflix. It's good, mainly because of Kerry Godliman. Kinda funny, ends well: yes! 
 

AMOUR

8/23/2013

 
Michael Haneke's (Caché) highly acclaimed bleak portrait of an aging couple; it's French, and the performances are good, but is it a pleasure to watch? No. 
 

BOY

7/13/2013

 

Taika Waititi's sweet coming of age dramedy, set in 1984, about a motherless impoverished New Zealand child coping with the return of his absentee / recently paroled father. Beautiful, loved it, but not subtitled and the accents are charming, but dense: put your headphones on for this one!


http://boythefilm.com/

 

ELLING

6/29/2013

 
Bromantic Norwegian comedy about an autistic man and his simple-minded sex-obsessed roommate: yes!
 

A ROYAL AFFAIR

5/12/2013

 
Yes yes yes: I love everything about it!
http://www.magpictures.com/aroyalaffair/
 

THE INTOUCHABLES

3/10/2013

 
Huge hit in France, (probably soon to be remade by Hollywood) starring the incredibly charismatic Omar Sy. Awkward social situation, but funny, and touching: yes.
http://weinsteinco.com/sites/the-intouchables/#
 
 
Jérémie Renier and Déborah François are two young messed-up parents in this gritty Dardenne Bros. Palm d'Or film: when's the last time you watched a movie without music? Yes, yes, yes.
http://www.sonyclassics.com/thechild/
 
 
Tahar Rahim portrays a fictitious Algerian black marketeer turned resistance fighter in Nazi occupied Paris. Loosely based on the life of Paris Mosque rector Si Kaddour Benghabrit (Michael Lonas,) and Algerian/Moroccan/Jewish singer Salim Halali. Yes.