Saturday, December 13, 2014

Force Majeure

To sit in the uncomfortable situation of a complicated relationship is hard. Watching Force Majeure is just that. The aftermath of a traumatic experience is put under the microscope and we watch. It is not pretty. This film says a lot about relationships and how we deal when our expectations are not met. The structure of the film gave me a "what would I do?" feel. Interesting film.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Frank

Thoughtful movies that tackle sensitive subjects can have big payoffs. In the quirky film Frank, we meet a damaged young man finding coping methods in his music and performance.The angst of young adult artists find their way is interesting and funny at times. In the end, we learn that Frank's situation is a good reason to have compassion toward all. Good film.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Made in America

It is no secret that I love a good music documentary. In Made in America, Ron Howard introduces us to artists I have heard of, but knew little of beyond the gossip pages.The setting is Jay-Z's Made in America music festival. We get perspectives from artists, neighbors, crew and vendors. The emphasis is the art, and what it takes to put on an event of this scope. Really good!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The Bobadook

I don't usually watch horror movies because I don't really appreciate the genre. This week a lot of buzz went up around The Babadook so I went on a mission to find it in a local theater. The Coolidge Corner Theater has a small screening room with 14 seats which they showed this in. I sat up close and personal with the creepy character and frightening story. Crafted well enough that, walking back to my car in broad daylight, I was suspicious of every noise I heard behind me. Well done.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Book of Life

When you see Guierlmo del Torro's name attached to a film, take notice. Even if its animated. The Book of Life is enchanting, colorful, joyful, adventurous and romantic. This fanciful journey to the Land of the Forgotten and The Land of the Remembered is punctuated by pop songs, humor and love. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Rewind This

Video technology matured in the late 70s and early 80s. I had forgotten how that technology changed our media consumption until I watched Rewind this! It also changed our lifestyle and viewing habits with the ability to record shows to watch later and brought the big screen into our living rooms. It also reminded me of the ease to record with the invention of the camcorder. Home movies made easy and accessible. This film is a good history lesson.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Peter Pan Live!

When I was a kid, a live broadcast of the play Peter Pan was on TV. In those days we did not go to the movies much, so most of our media consumption was on TV. Annual events were The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan. Last year, NBC enjoyed ratings success with a live version of The Sound of Music and this year decided that Peter Pan would be the live offering. Peter Pan Live! brought the boy who won't grow up to living rooms again, with a fresh cast and a few new songs. Allison Williams did a good job playing Pan, especially the singing. Christopher Walken was a laid back Captain Hook. I think the lost boys, pirates and other supporting cast were outstanding. I also liked the way this was staged. Bravo to all!

Maleficent

The story of Sleeping Beauty has had several versions, the latest of which is entitled Maleficent. The focus is moved from the princess to the fairy. Angelina Jolie is enchanting as Maleficent. Elle Fanning is effervescent as Aurora. There are a few details that are different from the story I remember, but they add dimension and make sense. The costumes and special effects are excellent. Nice job.