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

"Lovesong"

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


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"The Butterfly's Dream"

This little Turkish film just captured my heart. It's about a couple of young poets who are in love with the same woman. It takes place in the early 1940s, but the war isn't really a factor in the movie. The actors are great as well as the scenery. And the cinematography is commendable. What a great film!
4.5 stars out of 5.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Match"

This movie is based on a stage play so you know right off that it's going to be dialogue heavy. A younger couple meet with a retired dancer to interview him. The premise is that the woman is going to use the information to complete her dissertation. I won't give any more of the plot away but it gets pretty intense, pretty quickly. The writing and the acting are both superb. And Patrick Stewart gives a truly Oscar-worthy performance. Don't miss this one.
4.5 out of 5 stars



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Cardboard Boxer"

A touching indie film about Willie, a lonely, sensitive homeless person, played by Thomas Haden Church. Willie just barely gets by until some wealthy suburban kids show up and pay the street people to box for their amusement. Willie wins several bouts and the kids name him "Cardboard Boxer". But this isn't a boxing movie, it focuses on the struggle Willie and his fellow homeless people face every day. Willie doesn't have any friends until he finds a diary written by a lonely little girl who's just lost her mom. She speaks to him and relieves him of some of his loneliness. Mr. Church should have won this year's Oscar for Best Actor, but the movie was largely overlooked by the general public. And I'm guessing it wasn't widely distributed either. If this film doesn't move you, you don't have an ounce of compassion in you.
4.5 out of 5 stars


Sunday, February 26, 2017

"I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore"

What an original movie. A young nurse (Malenie Lynskey)  has her house robbed. She is so obsessed about people not caring for each other she goes on a rampage. A neighbor (Elijah Woods) hooks up with her and the two of them go out to recover her stollen items. It's a little bit over the top (a bit like a Tarantino movie) as far a the graphic violence, but it's quite a wild ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Clouds of Sils Maria".

Not a movie for those looking for an action film. This is a slow moving drama about an older actress (Juilette Binoche) who is invited to play the older role of a couple she played as the younger girl, twenty years earlier.. She has an extremely capable personal assistant who helps her learn her lines for a remake of the play. The two have amazing chemistry and it earned Kristen Stewart the the honor of being the first American to win the French Cesar Award (for best supporting actress). As typical of French films, the movie leaves you hanging at the end, so don't expect a resolution. (Maybe that was a spoiler. Sorry)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"The Ghost Writer"

Nice subtle thriller. A writer, (Ewan McGregor) is hired to be a ghost writer to a former Prime Minister,(Pierce Brosnan) who's working on his autobiography. The previous writer is found dead of an apparent suicide. Then things get interesting. I won't reveal any more of the plot, but I have to say, the acting, cinematography, scenery, and soundtrack make for a very enjoyable two hours.
4 out of 5 stars


Saturday, January 28, 2017

"iBoy"

Very interesting Netflix original film. It's a sci-fi revenge themed movie. A young kid walks in on an rape scene and is chased by a gang of attackers. He's shot in the head and as a result, ends up with extraordinary powers. He can tap into the internet, cell phone conversations, and much more. He goes on a mission to avenge the girl's attackers, along with the drug lords who rule his London neighborhood. While somewhat predictable, the movie is very well done.
4 out of 5 stars.




Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Last Cab to Darwin"

Just a wonderful sleeper of a film. An old Australian bloke finds out he has cancer so he goes on a road trip to get treatment. This movie is just full of surprises and is totally delightful. I know it sounds depressing, but it's a great movie. Give it a chance. It's worth an hour and a half of your time.
4 stars out of 5


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Camp X-Ray"

This is one intense movie. It's about a young female enlistee in the army who's assigned to Gitmo. She's ordered not to have any contact with the "detainees", since they're not prisoners. If they were classified as prisoners, they'd have to follow the Geneva Code. She relates to one of the detainees  and the story goes on from there. Great acting and a very subtle storyline--which, as my daughters know, I love.