WANDERLUST

7/29/2012

 
LOVE this movie, about a young NYC couple (Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston) who see refuge from failed careers in a commune. Funny!
http://www.wanderlust-movie.com/Wanderlust/home.html
 

NORWEGIAN WOOD

7/6/2012

 
French / Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of Green Papaya) adapts Haruki Murakami's novel about love, sex, loss, and insanity, set in 1960s Japan. Long, but beautiful cinematic romantic drama.
http://norwegianwoodmovie.com/
 

THE CONQUEST

5/28/2012

 
The rise of Nicolas Sarkozy, and the decline of his marriage is dramatized in this engaging, heavily subtitled, and often humorous political drama. Great performance by Denis Podalydès.
http://www.musicboxfilms.com/the-conquest-movies-13.php
 

IN THE CUT (2003)

5/26/2012

 
Remember Meg Ryan? Bet she thought she could resuscitate her career with Jane Campion's dreadfully flawed attempt at an erotic, thriller, which is neither. BTW in "the cut" means "vagina" and yes, one of the characters actually delivers the title in a line. Awful.
 

ANTHONY ZIMMER

5/9/2012

 
The original that The Tourist  was remade from. French thriller / romance: just okay.
 
 
Romance, poetry, biopic period piece, Goethe: yes.
http://www.younggoetheinlove.com/
 

LIKE CRAZY

3/12/2012

 
Long distance romance is hard to do. Once again, gorgeous ladies love an average guy. Not bad, if you enjoy this genre. Even better when you consider the budget: under $250K.
http://www.likecrazy.com/
 
 
Pay attention; this film has it all; characters, story, authenticity, great performances. Artistically executed: beautifully portrays the end of an era. Hiroyuki Sanada is awesome: love him!
 

BRIDE FLIGHT

11/11/2011

 
Gorgeous romantic drama set in post World War II New Zealand. Great performances and characters. Loved it.
Official Site: http://www.brideflightmovie.com/
 
 
Bertrand Tavernier's adaptation of early french novelist Madame de La Fayette's short story is sumptuous and relevant. It's long, and the battle scenes lack the Hollywood / Hong Kong treatment, but it's so gorgeous, and the characters are fascinating: and French! Loved it.
Official Site: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-princess-of-montpensier