Fellow Movie Buffs

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Two Lovers and a Bear."

A really offbeat movie that will only appeal to indie film fans. It's abut two young lovers, Roman and Lucy, who live in northern (as in Arctic) Canada. They're there to escape their pasts. They're afraid of returning south but eventually have to. It's about their journey and dealing with the ghosts that haunt them. Beautiful scenery and great acting and chemistry between the two lead actors. And a very unexpected ending to boot. And the "Two Lovers and a Bear" joke Lucy tells is one of the funniest I've heard in a long, long time.
4 stars out of 5

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Another little indie gem. It's a story about two women, Sarah and Mindy, who were close friends in college. They get together several years later for the first time in ages. Sarah has a precocious young daughter and a husband who is constantly away on business, and Mindy is a free spirit. They spend a day or two rekindling their friendship. Cut to three years later to Mindy's wedding weekend where the two friends reunite. It's a total chick-flick, which is fine with me--I love chick flicks. The scriptwriting, acting, and photography are all perfect. I can't understand why movies like this never get the attention they deserve, yet the crappy, overproduced Holly blockbusters gross millions. Go figure.
4 stars out of 5

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"All We Had"

A reckless mon and her 15-yearl old daughter are a couple of drifters. They decide to head from the Midwest to Boston and end up getting stuck in a small town. This is a classic indie film at its best. The acting and photography are first rate. Not a lot happens, except the two lead actresses move ahead in their lives. If you like subtle, nuanced films, you'll enjoy this one. 4 stars out of 5.

Friday, April 28, 2017

"A Patch of Fog"

A psychological thriller that creeped me out. A lonely security guard catches an author/TV personality shoplifting. Instead of turning him in, he blackmails him into being his friend. He eventually ends turning his life into a total nightmare. The acting is absolutely superb. The security guard is one of the most evil characters I've seen in a long, long time. Warning: this one will surely haunt you.
4 stars out of 5

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Come What May"

Beautiful epic drama set during WWII. The story focuses on a German Nazi resister who flees to a small French village with his young son. As the Germans near the village, all the townspeople decide to head south. The father and son are separated, and the rest of the film centers on their journeys. Beautifully shot and great acting. A deeply moving and heartfelt story.
4.5 stars out of 5

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Hot Fuzz"

A London cop is assigned to a small British town because he's so good, he's making the others on the force look bad. After he arrives he discovers it's a town of real characters. Then things get strange. Very strange. There's a string of unexplained murders, which he investigates with his partner Dave,  the son of the police chief. Then things get even weirder. The ending is sort a spoof of the average blockbuster American action film. What a hoot. It's a wacky comedy as only the English can do. Well written, witty dialogue, and well acted.
4 stars out of 5

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Another Forever"

What a beautiful film. A woman who's recently widowed, travels to Europe to reconnect with an old friend. The story is told through a series of flashbacks and is a poetic view of recovery from a tragic loss. The story unfolds slowly, there's not much action beyond a knowing glance here and there, but it's a truly captivating film. I absolutely adored this movie. Give it a shot. I think about 10 minutes in, you'll be hooked. I'd buy this film if I could find it on line. Even Amazon doesn't have it.
4.5 out of 5 stars