Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mission:Impossible-Ghost Prototcol

The first thing I need to say about Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol is, holy crap, what a ride! The second thing is, see this in IMAX if you can. The visual is stunning, thrilling and suspense filled. Just when I thought this franchise had run it's course, I was proved wrong. Good times on the big screen!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Young Adult

The film Young Adult begins with your typical character introductions. A woman, disappointed in her life, tries to rekindle a love from her high school days. It feels like it will be that wacky romantic comedy gone awry. But oh no. The uncomfortable moments become more frequent and prolonged. The comedy goes dark, and we realize that this is a woman living in denial. Dark comedy is tough to pull off, but Young Adult does it well.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Patrick's Evil Kidney

I'm not sure who is still reading here, lord knows I've been awful about posting this year. I'm putting this up anywhere I think a kind soul might see it. I derive a great deal of entertainment from the podcast world in Portland, OR. Their income comes from sponsors and donations. One podcast that I really enjoy is Hamfisted Radio, hosted by Dawn Taylor. Dawn is smart, funny, worldly and snarky. I have enjoyed her views on film, TV, books, politics and pop-culture. In this last year her husbands' kidneys decided they were done, and then his heart decided to follow suit. They have a little health insurance, but not enough to cover the life-saving care Patrick has been receiving. Their friends in Portland have launched a fund raising drive, and if you can spare a few dollars it would be much appreciated. The whole story and info on donating is here I gave a little earlier today and plan to again after the holidays. These are two fine folks who could use a little help right now. Thanks!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Take Shelter

Mental illness is a tough topic to treat properly in a film. In Take Shelter we watch a man suffer fear, paranoia, delusions and hallucinations. He has a job, loving wife and a child, things look dandy. He has mental illness in his family which feeds the paranoia. Watching these characters interact is like watching a dance. They are together, they move apart, they find their way back together, they move apart. All very intricate all very real. Beautiful, powerful performances pull this film together to an unsettling conclusion. Very fitting.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Becoming Chaz

Chastity Bono had always felt out of place in her body. She made the decision to change genders, and took on the name Chaz Bono. In the documentary, Becoming Chaz, we see Chaz when he is a few months into his hormone therapy. There are honest statements about identity, sexual orientation and life lessons. I find Chaz Bono to be very articulate, honest and caring. Opening his transgender status to the public is so brave. His journey is explained well, with humor and dignity. An interesting film about an interesting guy.

Sunday, December 04, 2011


I have been boycotting 3D films for a while now. 2D serves most films very well. When I heard that Martin Scorsese was going to get behind a 3D camera I gave in. Hugo was worth the expense and annoyance of 3D glasses for the visual spectacle. Truly gorgeous. The technology was put to good use. The story was fine, the first hour dragged a bit for me. All performances were very good and Scorsese makes his signature appearance. This film is a wonderful homage to films, film making and dreams. Well done.

The Descendants

Family dramas come and go, but a film like The Descendants combines a strong screenplay, honest performances and an exotic setting to tug at our emotions and tell a compelling story. The emotions are laid out for all to feel. Throughout the film, I kept thinking, "there are even problems in paradise." I liked this one.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

My Week with Marilyn

In My Week with Marilyn, the story of one week on a film shoot with Marilyn Monroe gives a bit of insight to Monroe's vulnerability and allure. Michelle Williams is luminescent in the roll, and disappears into the character. A mesmerizing performance.

Like Crazy

Falling in love, bad decisions, consequences, moving on, struggle and adult decisions are all a part of the realistic story told in the film Like Crazy. A quiet examination of long distance love that is bolstered by outstanding performances and an ending that will make you think. I liked this one.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Muppets

For me, watching The Muppets with my daughter and grandson was pure joy. Three generations grinning in the dark, singing along and tapping our toes. This movie is a nostalgia bath, with a nice update for the characters, snappy musical numbers and and evil force for the Muppets to triumph over. I will admit to tearing up when they play The Rainbow Connection, one of the best versions ever. Another movie that will find it's way into my DVD collection some day. Well done!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Bellflower starts as a romance. When things go wrong there's a lot of flame, blood and pain. The movie goes dark quickly. Themes of friendship, loyalty, love and betrayal run through this story. The cinematography is gorgeous and the chase scenes are breathtaking. I'd like to see this film again.

Margin Call

In an unnamed company, at an ambiguous time, Margin Call tells the story of the key players in a financial collapse on Wall Street. I don't understand the world of traders, but in this film we are made to understand that there are risks, and the outcome is not always good for everyone. The performances in this film are outstanding.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

The film Martha Marcy May Marlene is the story of a young woman struggling with mental illness. The strength of this film is that it portrays her conditions just as confusing and hard to understand as they are in real life. The performances and structure of the film put the viewer close to those feelings of frustration and confusion very effectively. There is a lot to think about with this film. I liked it a lot.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Being Elmo : A Puppeteer's Journey

In the 60s I was introduced to the Muppets through Sesame Street. In the 70s the Muppets came to prime time TV. In the 80s my kids fell in love with the Muppets and carried me along. In the 90s Elmo became a sensation. Now, my grandsons are fans of the Muppets and especially Elmo. The appeal has spanned decades. The documentary Being Elmo:A Puppeteer's Journey is the story of Kevin Clash, and his dream to be a puppeteer in that Henson world. And boy did he! The behind the scenes on Sesame Street and the history of Clash's work is as interesting as Elmo's rise to stardom. The day after I saw this at IFC in NYC, My daughter and I ran into Clash and Elmo at BAM in Brooklyn. Very cool to see them after seeing the film. Well worth seeing.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Attack the Block

Alien attack on a teen gang in a housing block in London? This is a movie? You bet, and it's a good one! Attack the Block is beautifully shot, the chase scenes are amazing and the aliens are threatening and awesome. I thought I was burnt out on alien invasion stories, but this is a good one. This was one of the best films of the year for me.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

In Time

The sci-fi action film In Time plunges us into a world where time is currency. The difference between rich and poor becomes life and death. There are crazy cars, insane high heels, big guns and chase scenes galore. Entertaining and a bit mind-bending. I liked this one.


The horror film is alive and well here in RI. Inkubus was filmed in the closed Cranston Police Station and provides an eerie setting. The devil is here and he's kicking ass and taking names. The editing is impressive and Robert Englund gives a sinister performance as Inkubus. Well done.

Winnie the Pooh

The word I have heard most from people describing the latest interpretation of Winnie the Pooh is charming. I agree. The story is cute, there are many funny moments. The gang in the Hundred Acre Woods is on a mission, and they are brave, frantic, silly and, did I mention, cute. This was my grandson's first movie in the theater and I watched it on DVD twice. This lovely film will find it's way into my DVD collection for sure.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mister Rogers & Me

In 2005, I came cross the blog of Benjamin Wagner. A young musician, writer, runner, MTV producer and film maker. An essay he wrote about meeting the legendary Fred Rogers touched me. I continued to read Wagner's posts, became a fan of his music and followed the early stages of the making of a documentary about how meeting Mr. Rogers had effected him. The film was finished last year, and appropriately found its world premier at the Nantucket Film Festival. A year later the film landed at DocFest at The Paley Center for Media in NYC and I was there. Mister Rogers & Me explores the message of "deep and simple" through Fred Rogers acquaintances, co-workers and family. It is also an examination of responsible broadcasting and what should we be putting in front of our children. Watching this film with my grown daughter, who has her own children and has expressed concern of over exposure to media, was rewarding. This documentary is a labor of love from Benjamin and Christofer Wagner. The film will be distributed by PBS Distribution in the spring. Do yourself a favor, visit the neighborhood and pay attention to all that is deep and simple. Nice job guys.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Buck Brannaman has had a fascinating life. In the documentary Buck, he tells his story. A quiet, sensible man, he tells of his upbringing and his work with horses. Even if you aren't interested in horses,this film is compelling.

Sunday, October 09, 2011


I have a friend who had two cancerous tumors removed this year, one on his spine. For me, 50/50 was personal and realistic. A touching story of friendship, illness and coping. They throw in a light love story too. Based on a true story, I liked this film.

Saturday, October 08, 2011


Hanna is one of the more beautifully shot action adventure thrillers I've seen this year. A strong story of survival and deceit. I liked this film a lot.

The Ides of March

The Ides of March has all the elements of a good political thriller, but gets a little tied up in the complexity of political wrangling. Parts of the story are not well developed, even in a second viewing. Performances are very solid, but it could have been a more cohesive story. I'd recommend this as a rental.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Meek's Cutoff

The visual aspect of Meek's Cutoff is it's strength. A film of few words, we are effectively drawn into the journey of a group of settlers in an almost hypnotic fashion. Sit back, watch, enjoy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jane Eyre

The success of the most recent film interpretation of Jane Eyre lies in the performances. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender make this easy to watch and tug a bit at the old heartstrings.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Guard

The Guard starts out as a strong Irish crime-comedy. As it moves along, it becomes poignant and a bit sentimental. Excellent performances and an off-beat story makes this a film worth seeing.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Words that come to mind while watching the film Drive are moody, menacing and violent. The cinematography is outstanding. Along with the music, it puts you in the place and time of the film in the first 5 minutes. Drive is one of the best films I've seen this year.


Sports movies give us a look at the minds behind the game we love to watch. In Moneyball we get a look at the business end of baseball through the eyes of management. Well written and acted, this film around statistics is compelling. I was pleasantly surprised.

Monday, September 12, 2011


You don't have to be a germaphobe to be creeped out by Contagion. There's a killer virus that is passed by contact. This film explores just how much contact we make every day and the consequences if there really were such a virus. Part horror, part sci-fi, part thriller, this film is so well done.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

NYC 9/11/2001-20011

My thoughts on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11/01.

On the morning of August 30, 2001, I enjoyed an iced cafe mocha in the plaza of the World Trade Center. I marveled at the sparkling buildings, the people hustling to work, the street vendors setting up for the day and the energy of the city in this gorgeous setting. The place was vital and alive. 12 days later, all that changed. My first reaction was disbelief. When the towers came down, all I could think of was what was happening to all the people I knew were in those buildings and the surrounding area. I also had friends and family in lower Manhattan that day. Though I was 200 miles away, the impact was personal and frightening.

In September of 2001 my daughter was starting her senior year at NYU. For 3 years she had educated me on the ways of New York City and how to get around. The twin towers were my compass in lower Manhattan. Always there, always tall. In those years, I had several other experiences with the Trade Center and the neighborhood. In 1999 I sipped martinis at The Windows on the World, a view I will never forget. In January of 2001 I spent a day alone in the city and had what I call "the New York epiphany". I fell in love with NYC.So much to do, so much to see. On my 45th birthday I took myself out for a drink in a Tribeca bar, met an actress and a spy and the next day experienced the beauty of the World Trade Center Plaza. The neighborhood was comfortable, homey and energetic.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, my daughter called me early. The view from her dorm room was the twin towers and Flight 11 had just flown past her window and into Tower 1. She was calling me to say I was probably going to see something on the news, but she was OK and was heading to class. Two hours later the towers fell and the world changed. Phone communication went down, we did not speak for several days. She was evacuated from her dorm, and sporadic e-mails kept me up to date on how and where she was. She took refuge with friends uptown, she would not come home. She had become a New Yorker, and she was sticking it out. Watching from a distance was hard.

The next few days were filled with endless media coverage of the attack. The emotions were hard to sort. Fortunately, everyone I knew in NYC was safe, but thousands had lost their lives. A local radio station organized a relief drive, and I worked the phones. The out pour of generosity from people was amazing, everyone wanted to help. The most memorable donations were a local store donating it's entire inventory of work boots for rescue workers and dog food and booties for the search dogs at the site.

Along with the attack of Flight 93 and the Pentagon, this attack on the US not only was a senseless act of murder, it also tore a hole in our security and well being. In the last 10 years there has been a restoration. We've started to feel safe again. Lower Manhattan is more vibrant every time I visit, and the city thrives.

I don't think an event like this is something you get over, I still tear up when I think of that day and the aftermath. In my mind, the terrorists not only attacked our country, they attacked my kids. I took it personally. My daughter graduated from NYU in 2002 with honors and is a writer and a Mom. She worked in Manhattan for several years before she started a family. Just yesterday, they were in mid-town with the kids and friends. I think she's still a New Yorker at heart. I visit the city often, and still revel in the culture, food, drink, parks, and people. For me, one of the most amazing places in the world. I have a book called Portraits 9/11/01 that was published by the New York Times, that has short stories of all the people we lost that day. It helps me remember to focus on the lives not the deaths. Terrorists will always be out there, but we are strong, we will persevere.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


I really enjoy watching boxing, so I thought I'd be prepared for Warrior. How different could MMA (mixed martial arts) be? Whoo dogie, it's very different. Brutal. The film is the story of some very damaged men trying to find their way through life and their relationships. Their stories are very relateable. When the brutality of the sport enters the picture, emotions are amplified. This film is well written, filmed up close and emotions run raw. I really liked this film, but the fight scenes made me squirm. Well done.

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Debt

I thought The Debt would be a spy thriller which, to an extent, it was. It was more the story of a thirty year lie and it broke my heart. An espionage mission goes wrong and the effect reaches over a generation. Well written, excellent acting and effective editing, this film is worth a look.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

The Help

The Help is based on a novel in which an enthusiastic young writer decides to write the true stories of the relationships of colored help, to their white employers in the south in the 60s. The book deals with those relationships from the point of view of the help. I have not read the book, but the film was well written, well acted, poignant and at times funny. I think there will probably be an Oscar nomination for costumes. The amazing cast turns in strong performances, especially Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain and Brice Dallas Howard. Janney made me cry. I really liked this film.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

The Future

When I learned of Miranda July's latest film, The Future, I was at the theater early. I loved Me and You and Everyone We Know. The Future finally came to the Cable Car Cinema this week. It was poetic and sad. Emotional and quirky. This film suited me today.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I was mildly surprised to hear glowing reports for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The previous ape films were pretty cheesy, and I really did not appreciate them. This one has heart, stunning visuals and a physical performance from Andy Serkis that is impressive. I liked this film a lot, I'd see it again. Probably will.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

I have been looking forward to Cowboys & Aliens for a while now. I was disappointed. Poor character development, no script and waaay too long. It pains me to say this, but I thought it was pretty stupid. I will say, the production value was outstanding and loved the cast. Almost wish they'd fix it. Oh well.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses did two things for me. First, it made me stop complaining about my job. Second it made me laugh out loud. A lot. When three friends feel they are in dead-end situations at their jobs, thoughts turn to murder. Each character is well defined and consistent, they mesh well. The performances are outstanding from this impressive cast. The humor is clever and raunchy, this film really earns its R rating. Very funny with a very satisfying ending. I enjoyed this one.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Captian America : The First Avenger

I'm not much in the know about super heroes. I know a bit about that comic book world, but it is mostly anecdotal and movie related. The Avengers are not that familiar to me, but when buzz surrounds a film the way it has with Captain America:The First Avenger, it tends to get my attention. At my age, I felt a bit silly walking into the theater to see superheroes, but after the fun ride that was Iron Man,Thor, and now, Captain America, I think I'm over it. These have been good, solid, fun action films, pretty much why I got to the movies. Nothing silly about that.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friends with Benefits

I went to see Friends with Benefits with many reservations. They were all extinguished by an amazing casting, a smart script, strong performances and a satisfying ending. Romance and relationships are explored and analyzed in a refreshing story. There are many vibrant characters. I really enjoyed this film.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

To begin, I cried at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 because of my sentimental feelings for the end of a decade of ambitious films. The last film of this series is full of action and emotion. The visual spectacle did not disappoint. This film does not need 3D, I was impressed without it. The story wraps up well. Made me believe in magic.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Midnight in Paris

I never thought that the combination of Paris, time travel, romance and Woody Allen would deliver a charming film. I learned that it does, when I saw Midnight in Paris. On a trip to Paris with his fiance, a man is swept up in his dream to write a novel. At midnight one night, he takes a very special car ride. A sweet look at nostalgia, romance and dreams. This film is clever, well acted and very pretty. I really liked this one.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Super 8

My most anticipated film of this summer was Super 8. Early on, there was a lot of reference to surprises and mystery, so I decided to avoid all reviews and press. For me, it was a smart move. I even felt bad when I shushed a guy at a party, who wanted to tell me about the film before I saw it. When I saw the film, I got story, I got action, I got jumps, I got satisfaction. I loved the scene nods to Jaws, Close Encounters, ET, Goonies, Cloverfield and more. The story of a town dealing with an invasion-I-will-not-speak-of was a great film for me. Go. Be surprised. Well done!


The film Rubber states from the beginning, "this is an homage to style". How true, how true.
The bloody reign of terror, of a telekinetic tire, is truly stylistic and violent. A jab at Hollywood is subtle at the beginning and blatant at the end. Really enjoyed this film.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides

What's wrong with Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides?

Weak plot.
It takes place on land. Pirate ships are either in bottles or get destroyed very quickly.
Flame throwers in place of cannon balls.
Jack Sparrow's face in close-up way too many times.
Dark, muddy cinematography. I hear it's worse in 3D.
Poor editing.
Sloppy makeup. Though I'm guessing eye liner was a big line item.
No chemistry between the characters.

What's right with Pirates of The Caribbean : On Stranger Tides.

All performances are fine, even though the poor actors had nothing to work with. Geoffrey Rush really shines.
The score is still strong.
Judi Dench and Keith Richards' appearances serve little purpose but window dressing, but it's still nice to see them.

Wish this list was longer.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I had heard that Hesher was about smoke and fire and blowing things up. I was not prepared for a gloves-off look inside the heads of the grieved. Dramatic , violent and vulgar. I have never seen such an introspective look at grief. Well done.

Saturday, May 07, 2011


When I saw the trailer for Thor, I thought it looked very disjointed. The God of Thunder in a fish-out-of-water story set in the real world was fine, but the Asgard stuff just didn't do it for me. When the reviews started to come in so positive, I figured I'd give it a go. As I watched, all I could think was, "this is one crazy-ass ride." The story worked, the special effects were great and Chris Hemsworth pulled off a very charming Thor. I had a good time with this movie.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Day 4

On my last full day here in Tribeca, I wanted to enjoy the neighborhood. I headed north on Church Street, walked up to Canal and back down West Broadway to end up at The Square Diner for breakfast. From there, I wandered through the Family Street Festival, enjoying the color, the music, the families and the celebration. Lunch was a delicious bowl of soup at Edward's. Back to the east village for my first film of the day, Janie Jones. Another film with great music, great performances and a poignant story. When I came out of the film, I had a message from Liza & Ryan that they were waiting for me across the street at The Pour House. Who knew there would be an arm wrestling championship in progress? Lots of muscles in that bar! We wandered down the street to Maryann's, a favorite for delicious Mexican food. A bit of a tradition. Back at the theater, we were a little early, so we stopped in to Nevada Smith's for a beverage. Soccer was on all the TVs and footie memorabilia made up the decor. Fun stuff. Our final film was Jesus Henry Christ, a dark comedy based on family, DNA and acceptance. We all enjoyed it. After the film, a search for sweets took us to a cafe where we enjoyed the last treats of the evening, such a nice day. No drama on the street outside my hotel on this night. Preparations were in place for the Five Boro Bike Tour tomorrow. Always wild to see thousands of bikes in motion together. Thanks New York and all the people who joined me in my adventures this week. Tribeca Film Festival is a great vacation for me!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Trbeca Film Festival 2011 Day 3

This Friday morning gave way to bright sunshine and comfy temperatures. This lead to a long walk around the neighborhood. Really enjoying all this walking, feels good to be outside after this miserable winter. Headed to Chelsea for lunch at Don Giovanni. A bustling pizza joint where I enjoyed a hearty pasta fagioli. My film this afternoon was The Swell Season, a documentary about the tour of Glen Hansard's band after the success they enjoyed with Once. The performance footage was amazing, and the story is so bittersweet. There was no time to linger after the director's Q&A since I had only 30 minutes to get to Tribeca to get in line for Sing Your Song. I made it in perfect time, and stood in line with a theater critic who was more than willing to share her opinions on all things Broadway. Sing Your Song is a documentary about the career, advocacy and life of Harry Belafonte. The film worked in chronological order, and contained a lot of performance and news footage. The editing was outstanding. A rousing standing ovation ran through the closing credits. After the film, Belafonte was interviewed by Tavis Smiley for about 30 minutes, an interesting, passionate man. The film also left me thinking about how we all can make a difference in the world. Lots to think about after this one. I highly recommend this film if it gets to theaters, very inspiring. After the film I went back to the hotel with a big ol' slice of New York pizza, mixed a cocktail, put my weary feet up and called it a good day. The drama on the sidewalk outside my window on this night was a group of drunk folks trying to hail a cab. Highly entertaining.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tribeca FilmFestival 2011 Day 2

Woke up to torrential downpours this morning, glad I walked yesterday. A quick subway ride took me to the east Village for an early screening of Beyond the Black Rainbow. An abstract, sci-fi piece, I'm glad I stayed for the Q&A. Hearing the film maker, Panos Cosmatos, talk about this film, I realize how personal film making is. Though not my personal taste, I can appreciate this film for its art. Back out into the pouring rain, on my way around Washington Square Park I take refuge in Crumbs Bakery to pick up a birthday cupcake for a friend. A neighborhood tour (NYU maybe) was filing into The Little Lebowski on Thompson. A shop devoted to the film The Big Lebowski. Funny little store, and the owner dresses like The Dude. I chose to dry out at Rocco with soup, bread, wine and strawberries. One of my favorite lunches at one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Tasty, inviting, relaxing, just right. Back to Tribeca to catch a train out to Brooklyn, where I meet my daughter and her friends at Moutarde, a lovely French restaurant in Park Slope. It is Erica's birthday and she is thrilled with the cupcake I brought her. Back at the hotel, I open a beer, put on the TV and become distracted by the drama on the street below my window. Two rescue vehicles are tending to a situation at a restaurant across the street, and two guys spend a great deal of time unloading an 18-wheeler with a delivery for the same restaurant. Busy scene and much more interesting than the TV. Goodnight New York, it was a fun day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Day 1

Checking into the Cosmopolitan Hotel late Tuesday night, I felt the same thrill I always do when I come to Tribeca. My room had been upgraded to a junior suite, and everything looked shiny and new. Wednesday morning brought sunshine and a quick call to confirm lunch with my friend Lucy. Before we met, I took a long walk around the neighborhood and through Hudson River Park. We had a tasty lunch at Greenwich Street Tavern, then headed to the box office to pick up my tickets. A quick subway ride brought us to 23rd Street and the Clearview Chelsea for a screening of Rid of Me. Katie O'Grady and James Westby were in attendance for a Q&A. Charming couple. Back in Tribeca, I grabbed a Papaya dog (yum) before going to my room to freshen up. I met the girls for dinner at Sazon. Delicious Puerto Rican cuisine, served with a nice sangria and great atmosphere. After dinner we walked the few blocks to BMCC theater for the premiere screening of Everything Must Go. Director Dan Rush, Will Ferrell and Steven Root introduced the film. This was a drama I enjoyed, but audiences seem to have a tough time accepting Ferrell as a dramatic actor. He was excellent in this, though the middle of the film was a bit slow. Great start to this year's festival!

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Super is one of the most refreshing films I've seen in a while. Creative, funny, shocking, sweet, violent and clever. When a man gets fed up with the hand he's been dealt, he decides to take the super-hero route. A pipe-wrench is his weapon, and don't but in line. Add a few drug dealers and we've got an action, crime film that entertains. Walking out of the theater, I heard remarks both delighted and appalled. I was delighted.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Source Code

Two years ago, I fell in love with the film Moon and have been hoping for more films by its director, Duncan Jones. My wish came true when he was asked to direct the film Source Code. Another sci-fi piece, with a time travel concept that worked. A trippy piece with great editing, good performances and a nice pace. Well done Mr. Jones.

Saturday, April 02, 2011


The Falmouth Cinema Pub is a pretty cool place to see a film. Nice beer & wine list and a pub menu with decent prices. On a rainy afternoon, the girls and I grabbed a table ready to bask in the blue eyed gazed of Bradley Cooper in Limitless. A sci-fi, thriller, with a mind enhancing drug and ruthless, opportunistic thugs as main characters. This was a film with surprising depth and twists. We talked about it for quite a while after the lights came up. A good time on the Cape!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


When two sci-fi, comic book nerds run into an alien in the desert the funny begins. Paul is a story of friendship, growth and dreams. funny funny funny

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer is good crime drama. The story has it's share of liars, informants, good guys, twists and turns. Matthew McConaughy carries the story well and Ryan Phillippe does a good job playing a creepy, spoiled brat. Well worth a look.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Yellow Handkerchief

The Yellow Handkerchief is a love story told in flashbacks. A man tells his story to two young travelers. There is a longing for love and a return to love. A sweet story.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Win Win

When a struggling lawyer sees an opportunity, things get more complicated than he expects. In Win Win a teenage boy shows a man what is really important and how to get it. Humor is used to keep this subject from being too heavy. This film is touching, smart and honest. The performances are outstanding.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cedar Rapids

When an insurance salesman gets sent to the annual conference in Cedar Rapids, innocence meets the world. His values are challenged and he learns a lot about people, business and himself. What happens in Cedar Rapids stays in Cedar Rapids. Well written with good performances. Worth a look.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Four Lions

When we think of terrorists, we think of smart, clever, evil, conniving criminals. In Four Lions the terrorists are anything but. Bumbling, foolish, clueless and sometimes sweet, these terrorist mess up every plan they make. This is a film that makes us laugh at uncomfortable humor. As the fumbling terrorists meet their demise one by one, I didn't think I should laugh, but I did. A very funny, dark comedy.