WINTER IN WARTIME

12/17/2011

 
Oorlogswinter: beautifully photographed Dutch WWII drama about a family coping with the German occupation and a wounded British pilot. Love it!
Official Site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/winterinwartime/
 

LIFE, ABOVE ALL

12/12/2011

 
Based on the novel, Chanda's Secrets, this heartfelt drama illustrates the AIDS pandemic's impact on a humble South African family, and possibly an entire continent. Sad, but not brutal.
Official Site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/lifeaboveall/
 

INCENDIES

11/20/2011

 
Loved the tough Mom's story but the pay-off seems hard to fathom. It's long, too. Great performance by Lubna Azabal. Two tracks from Radiohead. Why the giant red titles?
http://www.sonyclassics.com/incendies/
 
 
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/
 
 
As Josef von Sternberg had Marlene Dietrich, Yimou Zhang had Gong Li. This film has it all; story with depth, beauty, 1930's Shanghai gangsters, great performances. If you're unfamiliar with the work of Yimou Zhang Shanghai Triad is a great place to start!

Official Site: http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/shanghai/index.html
 
 
My dad served in the Korean War, and after watching Tae Guk Gi (the South Korean flag) I understand why he refused to talk about it. What a mess... Engaging, violent story of two brothers and a nation torn apart by war. Lots of horrific battle scenes. Too many cuts, but one of best, if not the only film I've seen on the subject.

Official Site: http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/taegukgithebrotherhoodofwar/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Tae_Guk_Gi_The_Brotherhood_of_War/70012788?trkid=496624
 

THE GREEN HORNET

6/17/2011

 
Jay Chou isn't bad ass enough to be Kato, Christoph Waltz's role is under-developed, and Seth Rogan is still Seth Rogan. There's a few laughs. Michel Gondry succeeds in elevating the script above the average bromance humor action film. Sony did the rest: over 230 million worldwide.

Official Site: http://www.thegreenhornet-movie.net/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/The_Green_Hornet/70117699?trkid=496624
 

INSIDE JOB

5/20/2011

 
Prepare to be outraged by this essential documentary about the recent global financial collapse / rip-off caused by corrupt economists, greedy bankers and their Washington lackeys. (All male, by the way. Thanks guys...)

Official Site:http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Inside_Job/70139555?trkid=496624#height1874
 

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
 

GET LOW

3/2/2011

 
Hard to believe that this is the first collaboration between Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall: two of our favorite actors. Beautifully photographed period piece that delivers fine acting, solid well-balanced story, and lots of lovely wood and scenery.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Get_Low/70117559?trkid=2361637#height1906
Official Site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/getlow/