Monthly Archives: March 2016

last week’s films…

Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Rich Moore ★★★

Watership Down (1978), Martin Rosen ★★★★

Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012), Lee Toland Krieger ★★★★

Movie of the week.

4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011), Abel Ferrara <


In Another Country (2012), Hong Sang-soo ★★★★

Teddy Bear (2012), Mads Matthiesen ★★★★

ParaNorman (2012), Sam Fell ★★★

Brave (2012), Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman ★★★★

The Soloist (2009), Joe Wright ★★★


last week’s films…

Roman Holiday (1953), William Wyler ★★★★

There was a reference to the final press conference scene in Noting Hill in one of The Trip films (below), and since it’s one of my most watched dvds I had to check it out. Gregory Peck’s line toward the end turns out to be prophetic: Life isn’t always what one likes, is it?

Anna Karenina (2012), Joe Wright ★★★★

I’ve always liked Joe Wright’s films; Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Hanna (2011). There’s a couple of inventive long takes like Atonement’s famous beach scene. I’ve got The Soloist (2009) in the queue to see next.

Two Years at Sea (2011), Ben Rivers ★★★★

Every now and then you need to mix it up and see something different. Shot using b&w 16mm in the Scottish Highlands.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), Lorene Scafaria ★★★

From my experience, when something good happens, it’s more than likely a surprise. Great soundtrack and final credits song (Burt Bacharach w/Herb Alpert singing This Guy’s in Love with You). The only solo act to achieve a #1 vocal single. Alpert and Jerry Moss started their own record label and named it with their initials: A&M Records.

Irene (1940), Herbert Wilcox ★★★

St. Patrick’s day on TCM. Anna Neagle is determined and sultry as the Irish shopgirl pursued by the rich Ray

The Trip to Italy (2014), Michael Winterbottom ★★★★

The Trip (2010), Michael Winterbottom ★★★★

Movies of the week. I stumbled upon these films and the library had them both. Started with the 2010 and ended up seeing them back to back. I like how the two characters echo each other’s traits from the first to the second.  Like the riddle about the two miners – one has soot all over his face and the other’s is clean. The one with a clean face wipes his with a handkerchief and the other does nothing.

The Mermaid (2016), Stephen Chow ★★★

Chinese comedy with English subs. At first I thought what the…, then I started laughing. I’ve found that the best water cgi is when it’s not suppose to look real, and there have been some major flops (In the Heart of the Sea, and the Jurasic World arena scenes).

last week’s films…

10 Cloverfield Lane
(2016), Dan Trachtenberg ★★★★★

I think maybe it’s time you met Frank and Mildred.

Movie of the week. Have been a Mary Elizabeth Winstead fan since I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and she almost steals this from John Goodman. The opening sequence action will wake you up. Looking back on the whole film, I think the word bookend applies.

Spoiler video – watch after you’ve seen 10CL

[ John Goodman nails it with his explanation of phase 1 of an alien attack: big hits, followed by round 2: ground sweeps, as explained by the U.S. Army recruiter in Signs. ]

The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Terence Davies ★★★★

Les herbes folles (2009) aka Wild Grass, Alain Resnais ★★

A Dangerous Method (2011), David Cronenberg ★★★★

Somewhere (2010), Sofia Coppola ★★★

Since I cancelled Netflix DVD, my movie watching has taken a dive – and last week saw one trip to the theater, 2 pay per view streaming, and one tv (TCM).

Netflix DVD? Not a long story at all. They lost all clout with USPS, and in the past I would get more than twice the number of DVDs in the mail in a week than what they have degenerated to today.

The Story of Temple Drake (1933), Stephen Roberts ★★★★

I’ve been a fan of Miriam Hopkins since I saw her in Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise. This film is decidedly darker, and sexier and glaringly pre-code. TCM comes through once again.

Heart of a Dog (2015), Laurie Anderson ★★★★★

This doc seems to flow like a river through several lives. Movie of the week. Streamed it on Vudu and it is worth every penny. Watched it twice so far – and I think I own it, so I’ll be watching it again. Like a quilt, the story gathers it’s pieces and they all come together in the end.

The VVitch (2015), Robert Eggers ★★★★★

I know what I expected, and going to see this was a gamble for me due to this, but I needn’t have worried. After the opening scene hooked. I did think of M. Night’s The Village for a few seconds there, but the similarities are purely cosmetic. The final title card before the credit roll is telling. Tied for MoTW.

The Treasure (2015), Corneliu Porumboiu ★★★★★

Streamed this on Amazon and it’s a shame it’s a rental as I’d watch it again and again. Definitely in line with Police, Adjective, and 12:08 East of Bucharest. I still need to see When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism.