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Venus and Serena

Venus and Serena

April 28, 2013 No Comments

Venus and Serena Williams changed the face of women’s tennis forever.  Pun intended. Directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major  have created a film that follows the two sisters during the 2011-2012 tennis season, inviting us experience the world of the Williams sisters during a period that was operatic.  (Non tennis fans may not know that […]

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc

March 17, 2013 2 Comments

The Passion of Joan of Arc will light up the screen (bad pun, but I couldn’t help it) on Saturday, March 23 at 8pm at the magnificent Detroit Film Theatre. If you have never seen director Carl Dryer’s 1928 masterpiece, now it your opportunity.  Maria Falconetti stars as Joan, the French maiden who led France to […]

Side Effects

Side Effects

March 5, 2013 No Comments

So, you’ve seen ALL the Oscar films and are wondering what to do next? Steven Soderberg has the answer for you!  His latest thriller ,Side Effects, is a darkly entertaining film made with all the depth and finesse that a director like Soderberg brings to the screen.  Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta Jones round […]

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

February 18, 2013 3 Comments

Some stories are stranger than fiction. Searching for Sugar Man is the story of Sixto Rodriguez, an enigmatic musician from DETROIT who became (unbeknownst to anyone) an iconic figure in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.  j If you have not already seen the documentary which has righteously been nominated for this year’s “Best” […]

Amour

Amour

February 7, 2013 2 Comments

Rating: Michael Haneke’s “Amour” is a quietly unflinching film about the assault on love at the end of life. Georges and Anne, played by French film icons Jean Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, give riveting performances as a genteel, octogenarian couple forced to battle the ravages of a deteriorating illness and impending death.  Haneke (whose past […]

Holy Motors

Holy Motors

January 20, 2013 3 Comments

Rating: Every so often films come along that offer an experience available only through cinema. Holy Motors is Leos Carax’s newest film, a heady (but emotional) film trip through the story of cinema, or as the director has implied “cinema as a metaphor for the journey of life.” It is difficult to describe this film, […]

Rust and Bone

Rust and Bone

January 12, 2013 1 Comment

Rating: “ Rating:  9/10 I’m hungry” are the first words spoken in Jacques Audiard’s daring new film ‘Rust and Bone.” Spoken by Sam, a waif-like five year old, they also represent the expression of the hunger for love, redemption and healing,the central themes of this gripping movie, which actually contains minimal dialogue.  It is, nonetheless, a […]

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

December 25, 2012 2 Comments

Rating: 8/10 Les Miserables is not a sublte novel and its wildly successful musical version plays the story full throttle.  Director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)  embraces the fervor of the musical in his 157 minute version which stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, the convict (is there really anybody who doesn’t know the story?) […]

Anna Karenina : That Train Wreck Called Love?

Anna Karenina : That Train Wreck Called Love?

December 9, 2012 3 Comments

Rating:  8/10 Anna Karenina is a stunningly beautiful film. Director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice and Atonement) creates an imaginative  world for Tolstoy’s famous story of a woman driven by passion to abandon her life.  Wright sets much of the action upon a stage, reminding us of the artifice of  Russian society which nonetheless scripts the […]

Life of Pi (Take sublime voyage in 3D!)

Life of Pi (Take sublime voyage in 3D!)

December 2, 2012 1 Comment

My rating of this film:  9/10 Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi’ is a splendid film. Lee proves to be the ideal director to take on the making of the “unfilmable” bestseller by Yann Martel, seamlessly blending his ability to create visual marvels (remember “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) with quietly poignant emotional moments(don’t forget “Brokeback Mountain”).  His […]

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