June 13th, 2011

June 9th, 2011
Hot Tub Time MachineJacob: I'm kinda right in the middle of a thing right now, but can I text you later?
Girl at Club: Can you what?
Jacob: Are you online at all?
Girl at Club: I have no idea what you're talking about.
Jacob: How do I get a hold of you?
Girl at Club: You come find me.
Jacob: That sounds... exhausting.

The Visitor

June 8th, 2011

The VisitorHailed as "one of the most intriguing drama" (Claudia Puig, USA Today), THE VISITOR stars Richard Jenkins (SIX FEET UNDER) in a "perfect performance" (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly) as Walter, a disaffected college professor who has been drifting aimlessly through his life.

When, in a chance encounter on a trip into New York, Walter discovers a couple has taken up residence in his apartment in the city, he develops as unexpected and profound conection to them that will change his life forever.

As challenges arise for his tenants Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira), Walter finds himself compelled to help his new friends, and rediscovers a passion he thought he had lost long ago. Written and directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent), internationally-renowned Hiam Abbass (Munic) co-stars in "the year's first genuine must-see film" (Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post) about rediscovering life's rhythms in the most unexpected places.

I was eager to see this movie. It was written and directed by the man who both wrote and directed a movie that I really enjoy: The Station Agent. Both movies feature a theme of a solitary man finding friends in the least likely of circumstances.

Richard Jenkins plays the protagonist in The Visitor and, while it is not the most dynamic role, he was great. It was not his performance, however, that should get you to see this movie. Haaz Sleiman may be a one-hit wonder, but I hope not. He is Tarek, the illegal immigrant that Jenkins's character finds living in his apartment in New York City. He is tremendously charismatic.

This is not the fastest-paced movie. Please be patient, this movie is worth your time.


June 7th, 2011
Slumdog MillionaireJamal Malik: When somebody asks me a question, I tell them the answer.

June 1st, 2011

May 31st, 2011
Lars and the Real GirlLars Lindstrom: How was the game?
Gus: The cheese inspectors beat the crap out of us.

City of Ember

May 25th, 2011

City of EmberBill Murray, Tim Robbins and Saoirse Ronan star in this heart-thumping, edge-of-your-seat adventure that comes to light in this exhilarating family film based on the best-selling novel by Jeanne Duprau.

For centuries, the residents of the underground City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights and quiet contentment. But when the City's massive power generator begins to fail, the street lamps start to fade -- along with the hopes and dreams of the townspeople. Now it's up to two courageous teenagers to follow a trail of clues left by the ancient Builders and find a way out of Ember before their world is plunged into darkness forever!

A group known only as "The Builders" has built a city around a giant power generator, surrounded by darkness. The city, called Ember, has flourished for 200 years but now the generator is beginning to fail. Many of Ember's citizens panic, others accept on blind faith that The Builders will return to the city and save them all, and two teenagers decide that they will find a way out. To even suggest that there is life outside Ember is treason. The two young protagonists must work against authority to try and save everyone. 

I got this movie because Bill Murray plays the Mayor of Ember. I enjoy Murray's body of work and was curious to see what he would bring to this part and this movie. I knew it was a children's movie, but I did not know anything more. Suffice to say City of Ember is for a very young audience and Bill Murray should not be a reason to see this movie (he wasn't bad, he just didn't need to be good either). Instead of reading that as a negative, hopefully that will serve to encourage parents to allow their young children to see this. 

Everything is watered down, scaled down for a younger audience. The suspense is light. The "scary" parts are not scary. This movie would be a fun sci-fi flick for the little ones and it is cute enough to watch with them. This is not really a movie that adults should see on their own. I liked the idea, I thought the story was very creative. I'm encouraged that there are stories like this out there that young sci-fi fans can enjoy.


May 24th, 2011
Thank You For SmokingNick Naylor: You know the guy who can pick up any girl? I'm him. On crack.

Y tu mamá también

April 18th, 2011

Link: http://imdb.com/title/tt0245574/

Y tu mamá también"Two thumbs way up" (Ebert & Roeper and the Movies)! From world-renowned director Alfonso Cuarón (A Little Princess, Great Expectations) comes this "provocatively and unapologetically sexual" (Los Angeles Times) coming-of-age tale. Nominated for a Golden Globe, this sizzling box-office sensation is not only "racuously funny" (New York Post) but also "one of the most compellingly sexy movies ever made" (The San Diego Union-Tribune).

Julio and Tenoch are two teens ruled by raging hormones and a mission to consume exotic substances. But one summer, the boys learn more about life than they bargain for when they set off on a wild cross-country trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Both boys taste forbidden fruit as Luisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever?

I may now cross yet another movie off my "When am I finally going to get around to seeing that?" list. This is a little obscure film that has seen an incredibly positive response from viewers, critics and the like. It seems that if you haven't seen it, you probably know at least one person who has. That is pretty impressive for an English-subtitled movie set in Mexico.

The nice thing about Y tu mamá también is that I do not feel it's overhyped. I am not sure anyone gushes over the movie; I don't think it incites that type of a reaction in most people. To draw a parallel to another Gael movie, like The Motorcycle Diaries, this movie can mean different things to different people...or maybe nothing at all. But it is well written, acted and directed.

The language can be harsh at times, and the movie has its fair share of nudity and sexual situations. Foreign films seem to have a much better handle on sex, using it as art adding dynamicy and depth to characters and situations in ways that a prudish American film industry cannot. I still would not let my kids (if I had any) see Y tu mamá también unless they were of a mature age.

Luisa joined Julio and Tenoch under circumstances which only she understood at the time. As the movie draws to a close, we get a glimpse into her world. The glimpse is not a necessary one, but really added some beauty to the movie.

I had a feeling come over me while I watched Y tu mamá también that it reminded me of a handful of movies. I have been driving myself mad since the credits ran trying to think WHICH movies make up that handful. Movies where two people who are as close as two people can be (whether they are siblings, best friends, or lovers) go through some unsuspected transformation in the face of a life-altering experience. An experience and a transformation that gently remove them from each other's future.


March 24th, 2011
The PrestigeAlfred Borden: You went half way around the world... you spent a fortune... you did terrible things... really terrible things Robert, and all for nothing.
Robert Angier: For nothing?
Alfred Borden: Yeah
Robert Angier: You never understood, why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It's miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you... then you got to see something really special... you really don't know?... it was... it was the look on their faces...