I did not know this before watching, but in addition to being both a musical legend and a genius, James Page is a real gent as well. And wouldn’t Sir Jimmy Page just sound really nice?
Smokin’ hot blues, so sweet to hear. Wipes all the McMusic you have to slog through these days right off the map (along with practically everything else). True...
1080p lookin’ good. Guy Ritchie has never failed me (sorry Madonna). Not sure where he finds his motley crew of supporting actors but I bet his house parties rival his best scenes. Our favorite part is that he focuses on the wit and leaves most of the gratuitousness for other...
Re-watched this old classic recently with boo, we were bustin’ a gut… it’s so hard to find stuff this brilliant any more… must have single-handedly made the word “nigger” laughable and irrelevant… big comic book larger-than-life laughs on a budget that was...
This beautiful atmospheric pop is lifting me up during my job search. It’s like Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard’s optimistic younger brother discovered a magic electronics studio. It’s really polished, as in Top 40, computer-stabilized-vocals polished, but it is so...
Nobody else liked this, but c’mon, beautiful badass girls kicking butt on beautiful waves? I can’t get enougha that! Until I looked it up on IMDB, I was totally convinced they just recruited three surfer girls for this flick. Go ahead and believe it yourself…we are we...
As a continuation of the 80′s nostalgia theme of Doug’s recent mix, I dug up this gem from a couple years ago. I have a few others that might make a nice response to Doug’s mix. Still, I have to say that one of the songs Doug chose, New Order’s Krafty, is the pinnacle. It...
Bring your expectations of standard Hollywood conventions to this movie and you’ll be left hanging in a big way. I always preach that it’s great to break the rules and veer away from the formulas in movies once in a while (check out this excellent article on “plot...
Sam Rockwell, enough said. This movie was ahead of its time in the brilliant slower-than-Hollywood pacing. This is def my kind of thing, quirky characters with lots of room to breathe. Permagrin. :-)
A visually delicious action movie with a surprisingly solid scifi storyline. I didn’t expect much and had to keep picking my jaw off the floor.
NOTE: From here on out I’m trying to keep my reviews simple and spoiler-free. Even rating the movie invites the Heisenberg principle, and I won’t abide further spoilage. In this case, this also affects the screenshot I chose – there were better ones but they violate my tenant that you enter the movie with a clean slate. Critics suck! You be the judge! :P
First off, even though this is adorably animated, this movie is full of adult themes and not recommended for kids.
Second, this movie is full of adult themes, from alcoholism to atheism to mental illness to sexuality, all through the unblinking lens of an under-mentored 8 year old girl. And that’s where it gets its heart.
A gritty web of tension from start to finish, half this film is shot in slomo, with gorgeous camera work, and it crackles. How do you survive hopeless situations with your morality intact? Bits of Trainspotting and Guy Ritchie are the icing.
“Every minute counts.” This film is “stop and smell the roses” taken to a literal level. The characters are great – like in Extract, normal folks blown up just a little bit, each one given enough depth so you can warm up to them. You’ll have to be able to tolerate a fairly pervasive nudity theme – at one point I was wondering “Am I watching Choke”? – but the protagonist, as well as the film, has a heart of gold. And a beautiful unique style. I won’t say any more, check it out.
Another (non-)romantic comedy worth mentioning is “(500) Days of Summer” and of course you should see it, it’s mostly the camera fawning over Zooey Daschanel, what is not to love? What a guilty pleasure. But don’t bother with the Coen Brothers’ latest, A Serious Man – seriously, guys? Cut the art house b.s. and get on with excelling again.
Jason Bateman stars, so I love it. But beyond that, Mike Judge has this great ability to create characters similar to people you know, at the edges, and blow them up, but just a little, maybe 10 or 20 percent. So they flavor the movie without sidetracking it. There are about a dozen good ones in this sleeper.
At times too close to reality for comfort, the laughter in this one was a bit strained. But that’s its charm, too. Globalization here we come! A nice easy primer on Indian culture that turns into a romantic comedy. And there’s music and dancing, too, of course. One thing’s for sure – I am heading to Udipi for lunch this week!