Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Wrestler

That second fight! Ow. Ow. Ow. (Top of your game, Aronofsky. Where will you go from here?)

A Better Tomorrow

It's like watching anime, sappy music and all. (Original title: Ying Hung Boon Sik)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

A mix of The Two Towers and The Empire Strikes Back, with a healthy dose of Christianity thrown in (as to be expected).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An Angel at My Table

Inconceivable, that she avoided a lobotomy solely on the grounds of having won a national book prize. And the other mis-diagnosed patients?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rumor Has It...

At least Aniston looks good in a ball dress. (Yeah, yeah, so I was tired of MI-5 and needed to watch something dumb.)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Lust, Caution

Ang Lee: master of looking. Characters looking at each other, us looking at the characters-- looking and seeing ourselves in them. (Original title: Se, Jie)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

MI-5: Season 3

Markedly better season. Final episode expertly penned, especially Danny's speech. (Original title: Spooks)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009


You woulda thought my parents would have chained me to the couch to watch these. (Even if I was only 12.)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Shall We Dance

(The 1937 Fred Astaire version.) Ginger Rogers on roller skates. Nope, doesn't work.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pride & Prejudice

Oh what torture, to watch a beloved story in yet another adaptation. Oh what a relief, to watch it come to life on its own.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pelle the Conqueror

Historic film themes are somewhat obvious, but seeing how folks lived then (especially in other countries) is most enlightening.
(Original title: Pelle Erobreren)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Band's Visit

Purposefully intimate and slow, with funny fillips from the recent film school grad director. (Original title: Bikur Ha-Tizmoret)

Friday, January 2, 2009

You Kill Me

Sympathetic assassins are old news. Clever use of the AA world makes this version hilarious.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sweet Land

What I imagine my mother might have gone through when arriving in this country.