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Take Shelter

Take Shelter

October 30, 2011 No Comments

Is insanity the only sane response to an insane world?  The world is certainly insane..so when Curtis (Michael Shannon) starts to intuit that very, very bad things are about to happen, he begins to make efforts to protect his family.  The world takes on a menacing flavor in Jeff Nichol’s provocative new film “Take Shelter”n which has […]

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech

October 23, 2011 11 Comments

This year’s Reel Deal Film Series opened with the award-winning “The King’s Speech”, the film by director Tom Hooper that was (to use the much deserved cliche) celebrated by critics and audiences alike.  Why?  When many historical films fail to provide adequate facticity (remember when the British soldiers incinerated poor American colonists in a church during Mel Gibson’s […]

Melancholia

Melancholia

October 16, 2011 4 Comments

Chicken Little was right…..the sky IS falling and the end of the world is here….Lars Von Trier’s remarkable film “Melancholia”  is an exploration of the internal sense of doomedness (through the harrowing depression of Justine(Kirstin Dunst) that sinks to new  melancholic depths on her idyllic wedding day AND the literal and inevitable doomedness of  our […]

Ides of March

Ides of March

October 9, 2011 1 Comment

Politics is a dirty business.  Duh… As if anyone questions that premise, director (and star) George Clooney offers us another film about the brutul political world that we citizens  must depend upon for our survival….yikes….although the film offers nothing new in the exposure or understanding of such dirty dynamics it does serve as a timely reminder of the […]

Mozart’s Sister

Mozart’s Sister

October 2, 2011 5 Comments

Mozart had a SISTER?  Director Rene Fere answers this question by providing a touching film imagining the life of Marie Anna Mozart, older sister of Wolfgang who was herself a musical prodigy and whose talents were sadly eclipsed by the genius-appropriate gender of her brilliant younger brother.  Fere  captures the sadness of  the story without […]

Moneyball

Moneyball

September 25, 2011 3 Comments

Baseball…Moneyball….Baseball….what defines the essence of America’s sport?  How it should be played? What makes it work—that is HOW does a team WIN?)  Such history forms the backdrop of the gripping story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics and general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) who redefined the parameters used to sculpt a winning team.  This is a […]

Contagion

Contagion

September 18, 2011 2 Comments

What if the very connectedness that binds us together became the source of our destruction?  Steven Soderberg’s “Contagion” forces us to experience such a deadly bind.  One easily transmittable virus let loose (and caused?) by a multinational culture that jets across continents, infecting anyone/everyone exposed to the most casual of contact…..death via foaming convulsions occurring rapidly […]

The Future

The Future

September 5, 2011 No Comments

Who has time for the future?  Does it matter?  Miranda July’s newest film takes us on a quirky journey towards the unknown with Sophie (played by July) and Jason (Hamish Linklatter), two 35 year olds struggling to generate SOME meaning in their mundane lives before turning 4o.  July offers us a film that mimics the […]

The Names of Love

The Names of Love

August 28, 2011 2 Comments

What’s in a name?  Does it matter if you are “Smith” “Fahaad”  or “Rosenblatt”?   Can a movie ask such a question while spinning through themes of sexuality, racism and assimilation, genocide with a tone that is often comedic?  “The Names of Love” is director Michel LeClerc’s successful attempt to navigate through his subject is edgy, […]

The Help

The Help

August 21, 2011 5 Comments

Can we talk about race yet?  The wide range of responses to “The Help”  suggests progress, but reminds  that we still have a ways  to go.  This film was a much anticipated adaptation of Kathyrn Stockett’s blockbuster novel and was directed by Tate Taylor (the author’s close friend).  “The Help” has been applauded and vilified.  It has been blasted as […]

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The Oscars 2012: Pick Your Favorites!

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Cronenberg’s “Dangerous Method” Opens January 20

Mark your calendar for the much awaited “Dangerous Method” the film about Freud, Jung and the doomed Sabina Spielrien…..the...

Melancholia: A NY Times Play by Play

Check out this Sunday’s New York Time’s article by Manohla Dargis…she gives a wonderful microanalysis of the opening montage...

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