DISCONNECT [2012] movie review – recommended

September 21, 2013

I have no idea how I had not heard of DISCONNECT [2012] until yesterday. It is yet another 2012 discovery that makes my top ten of 2012 list even less accurate. DISCONNECT is a powerful movie about what we really should be putting our energy into. [Read more]

SOUND OF MY VOICE [2012] movie review – recommended

September 20, 2013

Brit Marling has rocketed to the top of my list of must see in every movie actresses.  I first saw her in ANOTHER EARTH [2011] and a few weeks ago in THE EAST [2013], and tonight in SOUND OF MY VOICE [2012].  I would say there is some commonality in all three characters she plays in each movie in how she uses just her presence and her eyes in these roles to express the nature of the characters, more than words.  However, as the title would suggest, in SOUND OF MY VOICE, the viewer cannot help but be tempted to be hypnotized by the soft stories she tells to her followers. [Read more]

THIS IS THE END [2013] movie review

September 14, 2013

When I first saw the trailer for THIS IS THE END [2013] I was intrigued as it looked kind of like a low budget special effects movie with the usual gang all together of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, etc. In fact that is pretty much what it was. I did not realize then though that the actors play themselves and that it is not an alien invasion, but actually the Rapture. [Read more]

TINY FURNITURE [2010] movie review

September 7, 2013

If I had watched TINY FURNITURE [2010] written, directed and starring Lena Dunham, first, I probably never would have watched her HBO show GIRLS as this movie is very similar to the show, just with a lot less humor, and a lot less interesting characters. That then just leaves Lena on screen in her underwear half the time looking very frumpy. [Read more]

IN OLD CALIFORNIA [1942] movie review

September 7, 2013

I was going to write that IN OLD CALIFORNIA [1942] was an early John Wayne western, but he had already been in dozens of movies even before this 1942 one. CALIFORNIA follows one of the most common western plots, a new man in town comes in conflict with the town bully. [Read more]

THE EAST [2013] movie review

September 6, 2013

It is very unusual to see a movie like THE EAST [2013] that feels very intimate and has a fondness for its characters, yet also be so unsentimental. That lends a realism to the story in its own way and leaves the viewer feeling not knowing really how to feel. This is a good thing. [Read more]

HOMBRE [1967] movie review recommended western

September 2, 2013

For perhaps a year HOMBRE [1967] had been sitting in my Netflix queue, the title and the plot summary keeping me from getting around to watching it. There was no need for hesitation at all as HOMBRE is a great great western. [Read more]

12 ANGRY MEN [1957] movie review – recommended

September 1, 2013

I do not use the term flawless masterpiece lightly when associating it with a movie, but I cannot find any reason to not use that description on 12 ANGRY MEN [1957]. I have had the movie ready to watch for over a year and was waiting for the right time, and it proved wise to do so as this is an incredibly special movie and not to be one watched casually. [Read more]