Category Archives: upcoming

Darling Companion (2012)

This movie will be released in NY & LA on April 20th and I’m seriously thinking about taking the train 3 hours to see it, it looks absolutely delightful and while I do, admit-tingly, kneel at the the altar that is Diane Keaton i’m also a huge fan of Lawrence Kasdan who has directed great films such as Mumford, First Kiss, Wyatt Earp, I Love You to Death, and the Big Chill.  I’m also a huge fan of elisabeth moss and I’m excited to see her in something aside from her Mad Men role and Excedrin commercials 🙂

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L!fe Happens (2011)

 

Here’s a new one that I can’t wait to see and that will be released tomorrow, co-written by and starring Krysten Ritter (who was fabulous in the series premiere of ‘The B in Apartment 23’) this got decent reviews on the LA Film Festival last summer and I really want to see it!

Comic-Con Documentary

So in an attempt to keep this blog fresh and up to date I’ve decided to start posting film I’m excited to see along with my reviews and my watch lists. This brings us to a great documentary that is being released (limiited, of course) this friday, April 6th in Santa Monica–no word on a wider release date yet but I’ll keep you updated :]

Directed by Morgan Spurlock and interviewing comic fans “great and small” this documentary looks truly delicious.

February 2012 Movies 34-59

Feb 01 – The Greatest (2009)
Feb 02 – Capote (2005)
Feb 02 – Just Wright (2010)
Feb 03 – The African Queen (1951)
Feb 04 – Fever Pitch (1997)
Feb 04 – White Palace (1990)
Feb 05 – Moneyball (2011)
Feb 05 – Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Feb 05 – Masterpiece Classics Jane Austen’s Persuasion (2007)
Feb 06 – Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Feb 06 – Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
Feb 08 – Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
Feb 09 – Don’t Look Back (1967)
Feb 09 – The Six Wives of Henry Lefay (2009)
Feb 10 – Bob Dylan A&E Biography (2005)
Feb 14 – White Valentine (1999)
Feb 16 – Linda Linda Linda (2005)
Feb 17 – Wake (2009)
Feb 18 – The Artist (2011)
Feb 24 – The Harvey Girls (1946)
Feb 25 – Guess Who’s coming to Dinner? (1967)
Feb 25 – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Feb 25 – Bullitt (1968)
Feb 25 – The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Feb 28 – Avenue Montaigne (20007)
Feb 29 – The Smiths : The Complete Picture (1992)

The Descendants (2011) Alexander Payne

So here’s another film that’s not so off the beaten path, Alexander Payne’s third installment to his awesome movie track record, The Descendants. The film center’s around George Clooney’s character of a jilted and suddenly single father.

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One of the great attributes of Payne’s films, consistently, is his ability to write/direct real people. Characters on screen that you know in your life (and if you can’t think of anyone you know like that person, odds are you are that person in your life). Payne’s films consistently display men coming to terms with their life in a way that is so tangible it leaves the audience comforted with a notion of not being alone. And this is coming from a twenty-four year old girl.

Payne’s paired up with unsung and highly talented Phedon Papamichael again. Papamichael is a working d.p. in Hollywood, every cinematography students dream, who has been shooting and average of two to three films a year. And his style just becomes more refined with every shoot. Papamichael is not afraid to expand his shooting portfolio or test out new styles that show real foresight on his side.  His portrayal of Clooney’s run to  find out more about his philandering wife and the close-ups of a reflective Clooney taking in the terms of his life throughout the film are two elements that stick out the most vividly in my mind. I cannot wait to see this talented duo team up again in next years Nebraska.

The characters in this film range from angsty teen daughter, played by talented young actress Shailene Woodley, to gruff and clueless grandfather, Robert Forster, are the charm of this film. No one fleshes out a movie quite as well as Alexander Payne and his casting team.

Mix the talented Payne’s palatable script, the actors, and the vibrant flora and fauna of Hawaii (a great expose on the idea of living in ‘paradise’) and you’ve an ace film. I’m happy to see that the SAG’s and the Golden Globe’s have acknowledge this film, even though it was inevitable they would as this is the kind of fete that they love, but it’s also one that the everyday man can relate to. Hence the beauty of a Payne film.

My advice is go see this movie if you haven’t already. And if you can see it in a beach resort town during the off season with all the elderly locals, like I did, it’s an added bonus. One of the great things about watching films with an audience is watching people who have a good 30 years life experience on you, is they cheer when the “retarded” youngin’ ‘Sid’ gets punched in the face; real color.

The Adventures of Tintin

I have to say one of my greatest fears about Steven Spielberg’s and Peter Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintin is that it’s going to make me what to marry a CGI-created character for the first time in my life, because we know the film is going to be fantastic.

 

The Adventures of Tintin hits theaters everywhere in America on December 21st! What a marvelous holiday gift!