Movie Review: Words & Pictures

What a lovely film Words & Pictures is. Clive Owen plays an arrogant literature teacher and Juliette Binoche is his equally arrogant art-teaching rival. Their inevitable romance is more sarcastic than sweet and the personal demons of the two teachers threaten to make their mock "war" real. The best parts of the film are the literary... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Run & Jump

Will Forte garnered critical claim for his performance in Nebraska, but the SNL's dramatic debut in the lesser known film Run & Jump was just as noteworthy. Based on a true story, the poignant Irish indie dramedy depicts an uptight neuro-psychologist (Forte) who moves in with a boisterous Irish family while conducting a case study... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: A Case of You

A Case of You is an indie romantic comedy starring Justin Long and Rachel Evan Wood with some hilarious cameos by Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and Vince Vaughn. I had mixed but mostly very positive feelings about this odd little film. Justin Long stars as a struggling writer who basically stalks and seduces Rachel Evan... Continue Reading →

DVD Review: The Man on the Train

The Man on the Train is a quietly remarkable, intelligent, intensely poetic film about the unlikely and somewhat bittersweet friendship between two very different men. A remake of the French film, L'Homme du Train, The Man on the Train stars U2's Larry Mullen and the brilliant Donald Sutherland -- the latter of which really deserved... Continue Reading →

DVD Review: Bernie

Directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, Me & Orson Welles), Bernie is an extremely morbid but also extremely funny dark comedy. Based on the true story of a beloved small-town mortician, Bernie stars Jack Black as the titular character and Shirley McLaine plays the wealthy, curmudgeonly older widow whose bizarre friendship with Bernie takes a... Continue Reading →

DVD Review: The Way

The Way is a unique and very moving film about a grieving father's journey in honor of his only son. Brilliantly written and directed by Emilio Estevez, this lovely and atmospheric work of art stars Estevez's real life father, Martin Sheen. Sheen beautifully portrays the intensely mixed emotions of bereavement. When his son (played in... Continue Reading →

DVD Review: Romantics Anonymous (Les Émotifs Anonymes)

Romantics Anonymous (a.k.a. Les Émotifs Anonymes) is an enchanting, colorful French romantic comedy reminiscent of Amelie. This wonderful little love story introduces us to two painfully shy chocolate lovers: reluctant sales rep and "hermit" chocolatier Angélique (Isabelle Carré) and oddball chocolate mill owner Jean-René (Benoit Poelvoorde). The two chocolate enthusiasts first bond over their shared... Continue Reading →

Oscar Movie Round-up

Guest Review by Brendan I was surprised to realize I'd seen almost have of the films nominated for Oscar's Best Picture this year. Following are my brief thoughts on them... The Artist I think it's interesting that The Artist beat out Midnight in Paris for Best Picture, since the latter film illustrated the idiocy of... Continue Reading →

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