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The Eye of the Storm

December 29th, 2011
The Eye of the Storm is a blow back to 1972 in the environs of Sydney Australia where dowager Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) is at death’s door in her rural mansion attended by two nurses and her Cabaret performing housekeeper.  She anxiously awaits the arrival of her princess daughter Dorothy de Lascabanes (Judy Davis) from France and knighted actor son Basil Hunter (Geoffrey Rush) fr ...

The Artist

December 29th, 2011
The Artist has nothing to do with any of the aliases adopted by Rogers Nelson (sometimes a.k.a. Prince).  It’s a French financed film with a lot of Hollywood faces. There are also a lot of subtitles but not because of no English dialogue –this is a silent film that apes the black and white method acting that died when talkies changed the face of cinema overnight. Much like the legendary Valen ...

Shame

December 28th, 2011
Shame does not appear to be a factor for the principles of this dark and erotic drama since most of them spend significant time on screen without benefit of clothing.  The film stars Michael Fassbender as Brandon Sullivan, a stellar New York executive who seems to be totally together. His lifestyle gets a little cramped however when his suicidal sister Sissy Sullivan (Carey Mulligan) comes to ...

Like Crazy

December 28th, 2011
Like Crazy is about the malleable Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and the take charge Anna (Felicity Jones), two L.A. college students who fall in love during their graduation year. Too bad at least one of them wasn’t studying molecular biology that final year of school because at least then there would be a little chemistry on screen. Anyway their passion has Anna foolishly violating her visitor’s vis ...

Melancholia

December 28th, 2011
Melancholia actually references disastrous malaise spawned from two worlds. First and foremost is that of Justine (Kirsten Dunst) a somewhat manic depressive bride who comes by her mental disability honestly being the daughter of Gaby (Charlotte Rampling) a jaded and overbearing mother and Dexter (John Hurt) her father who has a penchant for carrying on with a multitude of other women at once ...

My Week with Marilyn

December 28th, 2011
My Week with Marilyn is about a short window in the career of the immortal Marilyn Monroe just prior to Some Like it Hot when she went to England to work with the greatest actor of his time, Sir Laurence Olivier.  She hoped that some of his style would massage her career and as we find out Olivier hoped that her vivaciousness would result in some career and personal rejuvenation. However the ...

J. Edgar

December 28th, 2011
J. Edgar ping pongs between the career dawning and twilight of the legendary J. Edgar Hoover, bookends distinguishable by the rolling hairline and jowls sported by Leonardo Dicaprio (excelling as usual in the lead role).  Interim details are filled in by the dictates of Hoover to his hand picked biographer to flesh out a career that lasted through a litany of 20th century presidents most of w ...

The Descendants

December 27th, 2011
The Descendants marks the end of a line for the 21st century Hawaiian progeny of King Kamehameha I in that their hereditary land trust is coming to the end of its shelf life and the heirs have to decide how a massive tract of untouched wilderness will be disposed of.  At this time it’s also the end of the line for the wife of the descendant who doubles as the estate trust lawyer (with the iro ...

Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 1

December 27th, 2011

Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 1 caters well to its core audience of female teens as it lingers long on a fairy tale wedding and the shy honeymoon of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).  Unfortunately it’s kind of a slow set up for part two.  Unlike previous films in the series the prickly sense of a peril is dramatically diminished.  The unnerving Voltari is nonexis ...

The Muppets

December 27th, 2011
The Muppets stars Jason Segel – additionally the co-writer of the screenplay which turns out to be not only amusing but, with characters constantly referencing to the film they are in, also stays true to the spirit and charm of their iconic TV series of the seventies and eighties.  Ironically though the film is a throwback to that time, the motif is more fifties than the “Me” generation.  Seg ...
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