Monday Movie Madness
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Dec. 29 The Deep End
May 26th, White,
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2013 Monday Movies
Nov. 30th MOVIE FFFF
Nov. 23rd MOVIE FFFF
Nov. 16th MOVIE FFFF
Nov. 9th MOVIE FFFF
Nov. 4th MOVIE FFFF
Oct. 28th MMMM FFFF
Oct. 21st Chicken with Plums , 2011 93 minutes, an Iranian comedy about a violinist whose wife has destroyed his treasured instrument. From the makers of Persepolis. IMDb rating 6.9/10.
Oct. 14th Le Grand Voyage , 2004 108 minutes. A young French-Moroccan reluctantly drives his old father through 10 countries on hajj to Mecca. Recommended by Murray. IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Oct. 7th Fill the Void , 2012 90 minutes, Israeli film about an Hasidic woman being pressured into marriage. IMDb rating 6.5/10.
Sept. 30th Love Is All You Need , 2012 116 minutes, the terrific Danish director Susanne Bier makes a comedy/romance set in Italy. IMDb rating 6.4/10.
Sept. 23rd Millions , 2005 98 minutes, another Danny Boyle [Trance, Trainspotting] film - Ethics, being human and the soul come to the fore when a 7-year old finds a bag of Pounds just days before the currency is switched to Euros' [IMDb]. IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Sept. 16th The Reluctant Fundamentalist , 2012 130 minutes, director Mira Nair about a young Pakistani whose Wall Street career is interrupted by his response, and the U.S. response, to 9/11. IMDb rating 6.6/10.
Sept. 9th Ivan's Childhood , 1962 82 minutes, Tarkovsky's first film, about an orphaned Russian child working as a spy fighting Nazis. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Sept. 2nd Monsieur Ibrahim , 2003 95 minutes, French comedy: a coming-of-age story about a Jewish boy and his Turkish mentor, starring Omar Sharif and teenager Pierre Boulanger. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
Aug. 26th Me You Them , 2000 104 minutes, Brazilian film based on a news item profiling a woman who managed to live with three men in one house, in a remote village. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Aug. 19th Saving Face , 2004 91 minutes, a comedy/romance: 'A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.' [IMDb]. IMdB rating 7.3/10. Mildly amusing.
Aug. 12th Brooklyn Castle , 2012 101 minutes, a documentary about a Brooklyn public junior high school's champion chess team. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Aug. 5th Coriolanus , 2011 123 minutes. Ralph Fiennes directed & stars in this shortened version of Shakespeare's thriller, setting it in modern war-torn Eastern Europe, with subtitles which are a great help with Shakespearian language. IMdB rating 6.1/10.
July 29th Whale Rider , 2002 101 minutes, another indie drama from New Zealand with Maori stars, this one upbeat and lyrical, about a young girl struggling against long odds to become a leader in her tribe. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
July 22th Boy , 2010 87 minutes, comedy from New Zealand about two Maori boys whose missing father shows up. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
July 15th In the Family , 2011 169 minutes -- director Patrick Wang's first film is about the uncertain child custody rights of a gay survivor and much more. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
July 8th 56 Up 2012 144 minutes, director Michael Apted's latest documentary in the Up series. Don't miss it! IMdB rating 7.6/10.
July 1st The Master 2012 144 minutes, an eerie drama about a drifter drawn into a Scientology-like cult, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, & Amy Adams. IMdB rating 7.2/10. We didn't get it. None of the questions you'd like to ask were answered.
June 29th The President's Last Bang , 2005 102 minutes, is a S. Korean crime comedy about the life and death of the military dictator Park Chung-hee, father of the current President of S. Korea.
June 22nd Quartet , 2012 98 minutes, -- director Dustin Hoffman directs a star-studded elderly cast in this comedy about retired musicians putting on a concert, starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon & Billy Connolly. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
June 17th Gold Diggers of 1933 , 1933 97 minutes, the best of Busby Berkeley's classic musicals, recommended by David Bishop, starring Warren William, Ruby Keeler, & Joan Blondell. 'Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play.' [IMDb]. IMdB rating 7.9/10.
June 10th Donnie Brasco , 1997 127 minutes, psychological thriller based on a true story about an FBI agent who infiltrates the mob, starring Al Pacino & Johnny Depp. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
June 3rd Calendar Girls , 2003 135 minutes, British comedy starring Helen Mirren & Julie Walters, sort of a female 'The Full Monty'. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
May 27th Happy People: A Year in the Taiga , 2012 90 minutes, a Russian documentary of Siberians, narrated and edited by Werner Herzog. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
May 20th Anna Karenina , 2012 129 minutes, Tom Stoppard's script of the Tolstoy classic romantic tragedy starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, & Jude Law. IMdB rating 6.7/10. Awesome choreographed vision. Recommended.
May 13th Robot & Frank , 2012 89 minutes, comedy about an aging ex-jewel thief who is given a robot as a caretaker, starring Frank Langella. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
May 6th The Concert , 2009 119 minutes, a French drama with lots of Russians in concert and out. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Apr. 29th The Perks of Being a Wallflower , 2012 102 minutes, director Stephen Chbosky's coming-of-age film based on his best-selling book. IMdB rating 8.1/10.
Apr. 22th The Other Son , 2012 105 minutes, an Israeli film about two boys, one Israeli, one Palestinian who were accidentally interchanged at birth. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Apr. 15th A Royal Affair , 2011 137 minutes, Danish historical romance based on an actual royal affair and its politically revolutionary effects. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Apr. 8th Lincoln , 2011 150 minutes, Spielberg's political bio-pic about the decision to emancipate the slaves, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Apr. 1st Watermarks , 2012 80 minutes, Yaron Zilberman's documentary about a Viennese Jewish women's swim team during the Nazi era, and their later lives. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Mar. 25th A Late Quartet , 2012 105 minutes, 'A world-renowned string quartet struggles to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust'. [IMDb] IMdB rating 6.7/10.
Mar. 11th we saw two films. First, a 35 minute documentary Hope Haff is bringing about a group from Cambridge carrying aid to our sister city in El Salvador during the dark days of the Reagan administration's brutal policy there. And second, a relatively short comedy romance for relief: Celeste & Jesse Forever 2012 92 minutes, about the complications of a continuing best friendship between a divorced couple. IMdB rating 6.5/10.
Mar. 4th Little White Lies [Les petits mouchoirs], 2010 154 minutes, 'a dialogue-driven, beautifully shot exposé about modern relationships with fully developed characters' [Anne Campbell] directed by Guillaume Canetand, starring François Cluzet and Marion Cotillard. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Feb. 25th The Earrings of Madame de... 1953 105 minutes, director Max Ophüls classic, starring Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, & Vittorio De Sica. IMdB rating 7.9/10.
Feb. 18th The Kid with a Bike 2011 87 minutes, directors Dardennes film about an 11-year-old abandoned by his father. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Feb. 11th Encounters at the End of the World 2007 101 minutes, director Werner Herzog's documentary about the beauties and strange characters of Antarctica. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Feb. 4th Quinceañera 2006 90 minutes, Pregnant Latina teen, kicked out of her family, lands on her feet in gentrifying L.A. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
Jan. 28th Liberal Arts 2012 97 minutes, a comedy about a jaded New Yorker making an excursion back to his alma mater in Ohio where a much younger and gorgeous kindred spirit who forces him to self-reflect. IMdB rating 6.6/10.
Jan. 21st Kinyarwanda 2011 - a series of interwoven personal stories about Rwanda's genocide and its aftermath - made by Rwandans with a Jamaican director Alrick Brown. IMDb rating 6.1/10.
Jan. 14th Enduring Love 2004 100 minutes, intellectual British thriller of haunting ethical issues and inner demons - based on the novel by the critically-acclaimed Ian McEwan. IMDb rating 6.4/10.
Jan. 7th Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 93 minutes, - fantasy about a six-year old in the bayou facing the loss of her father and global warming. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
2012 Monday Movies
Dec. 17th Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 86 minutes, sci-fi comedy romance starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. Time travel, anyone? IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Dec. 10th Sweet Land 2005, romantic drama about the American immigrant experience in the 1920's. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Dec. 3rd Le temps qui reste 2005, director Ozun's film about coming to terms with one's own death. IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Nov. 26th Moonrise Kingdom' 2012. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Nov. 19th Breakfast on Pluto 2005, a quirky Neil Jordan drama. 'It tells the story of "Kitten", an outstanding performance by Cillian Murphy, an abandoned baby on the doorstep of a church, who is adopted and grows up to be a cross-dressing homosexual. It is his/her journey to find his real mother, referred to as the "phantom lady", set against the backdrop of war-torn Ulster and swinging London during the 70s.' [Netflix reviewer] IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 12th Let It Rain 2001, . IMdB rating 6.1/10.
Nov. 5th Margaret 2011, director Agnès Jaoui's film about 'professional and emotional upheavals in a tight-knit group of people in southern France' [Sarah Manvel]. IMdB rating 6.5/10.
Oct. 29th Movie cancelled due to hurricane Sandy.
Oct. 22nd The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011 124 minutes, a sweet-natured comedy in which a star-studded cast (Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) takes a life-altering trip to Jaipur, India.
Oct. 15th Daratt 2006 96 minutes, film from African director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun about an angry teenager in Chad growing up in the aftermath of its decades-long civil war.
Oct. 8th 51 Birch Street 2005 90 minutes, a family documentary by Doug Block, who has recently carried on the story in The Kids Grow Up.
Oct. 1st The Syrian Bride 2004 97 minutes, an Israeli/Palestinian comedy about a Druze family trying to have a wedding.
Sept. 24th Monsieur Lazhar 2011 94 minutes, a Canadian film about an Algerian immigrant teaching in a Montreal public school.
Sept. 17th Beginners 2010 110 minutes, a romantic comedy starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor.
Sept. 10th The Secret Life of Bees 2008 117 minutes, a drama based on the best-seller about a 14-year-old in racist South Carolina in 1964.
Sept. 4th The Time That Remains 2009 109 minutes, a dark, absurdist Palestinian comedy 'as much about history as contemporary life, the byproduct of a jarring past' [quote from Nana Asfour review].
Aug. 27th A Separation 2011 123 minutes, a beautiful, intelligent, jarring Iranian film.
Aug. 20th Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 2011 150 minutes (long!), a Turkish crime drama which is really more of a character study with "gorgeously photographed images of strange lands".
Aug. 13th England, My England 1995 153 minutes (long!), a British biopic of the composer Henry Purcell starring Simon Callow and Michael Ball.
Aug. 6th Footnote 2011 103 minutes, a bittersweet Israeli comedy, another father/son story.
July 30th The Artist 2011 100 minutes, a black-and-white silent film starring one of France’s most famous comic actors, Jean Dujardin.
July 23rd Postmen in the Mountains 1999 93 minutes, a Chinese road-trip drama adapted from a short story "That Mountain, That Man, That Dog." by Peng Jianming.
July 16th Moscow, Belgium 2008 102 minutes, a Belgian romantic comedy/drama.
July 9th I Was Born, But... 1932 100 minutes a silent comic masterpiece from Yasujirô Ozu.
July 2nd Pariah 2011 86 minutes, an indie coming-of-age tale of urban identity and sexual expression.
June 25th Secret Sunshine 2007 142 minutes, a Korean drama directed by Chang-dong Lee who also made Poetry - which our group saw recently and admired.
June 18th La Terra Trema 1948 160 minutes (2 2/3 hrs. - long), an early neorealist film by Marxist Italian director Lucino Visconti.
June 11th My Perestroika 2010 88 minutes, a documentary made by first-time director Robin Hussman.
June 4th Il Divo 2008 110 minutes, a political biopic about the most enduring Italian Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti starring Toni Sevillo in an extraordinary performance.
May 28th Queen to Play [Joueuse] 2005 97 minutes, a French drama starring Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire.
May 21st Mon Oncle Antoine 1971 104 minutes, a bittersweet French-Canadian coming-of-age tale.
May 14th War Horse , 2011 146 minutes, a Spielberg film about a boy and his beloved horse separated amidst WWI - based on a best-selling children's book and made into a hit play in London and Broadway.
May 7th J. Edgar 2011 137 minutes, Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic starring DiCaprio.
Apr. 30th Bliss 2007 105 minutes, a dark Turkish award-winning drama of love, revenge and the true nature of righteousness.
Apr. 23rd The Iron Lady 2011 104 minutes, a political biodrama starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent.
Apr. 16th The Descendants 2011 115 minutes, the Oscar-winning film starring George Clooney.
Apr. 9th The Girl in the Cafe 2005 94 minutes, a romantic comedy with political overtones.
Apr. 2nd Every Little Step 2008 96 minutes, which documents the casting process for a Broadway revival of 'A Chorus Line'.
Mar. 26th Urbanized 2011 85 minutes, a documentary about the design of cities.
Mar. 19th The Interrupters 2011 125 minutes, a documentary about Chicagoans fighting an epidemic of violence.
Mar. 12th Even the Rain 2010 103 minutes, a Spanish revisionist history film made in Bolivia.
Mar. 5th Medicine for Melancholy 2008 88 minutes, a romantic indie starring Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins, and also San Francisco.
Feb. 27th The Sweet Hereafter 1997 112 minutes, Director Atom Egoyan's haunting adaptation of Russell Banks's novel.
Feb. 20th The Mill and the Cross 2011 92 minutes, a Polish film about the Flemish painting and Bruegel it's painter.
Feb. 13th Amen. 2002 132 minutes, a German film directed by Costa-Gavras based on the same SS officer who inspired Hochhuth's The Deputy.
Feb. 6th The Burmese Harp 1956 116 minutes, a Japanese anti-war classic.
Jan. 30th Poetry 2010 139 minutes, a Korean character study of an aging woman.
Jan. 23rd Danton 1983 136 minutes, a Polish/French historical courtroom drama starring Depardieu.
Jan. 16th Midnight in Paris 2011 94 minutes, Woody Allen's romantic comedy.
Jan. 9th Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale 2010 84 minutes, a Finnish fantasy.
Jan. 2nd Miss Potter 2006 92 minutes, a British romantic Bio starring Renee Zellweger.
2011 Monday Movies
Dec. 19 Widow of St. Pierre 2001 112 minutes, a French political romance starring Juliette Binoche. IMdB rating 5.4/10.
Dec. 12 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 90 minutes, a spellbinding archaeological documentary from Werner Herzog about the recently discovered Chauvet cave in France filled with drawings some 25,000 to 32,000 years old. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Dec. 5 Change of Plans 2009 100 minutes, a French film directed by Daniele Thompson whose earlier La Buche we all enjoyed. IMdB rating 5.7/10.
Nov. 28 The Duchess 008 109 minutes, an historical romance starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
Nov. 21 Tree of Life 2011 138 minutes, Malick period (1950's) drama about growing up suburban middle America. It stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Nov. 14 DogFight 1991 94 minutes. Before shipping out to Vietnam four marines compete to see who can bring the ugliest girl to a bar. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 7 Silver City 2004 127 minutes, 'a scathing indictment of W and his "architect" Karl Rove', directed and written by John Sayles who also wrote "City of Hope". IMdB rating 6.1/10.
Oct. 31 Synecdoche, N.Y. 2008 124 minutes, directed and written by Charlie Kaufman who also wrote Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Oct. 24 Chungking Express 1994 102 minutes, an Chinese romantic crime comedy directed by Wong Kar-Wei, who more recently made the acclaimed "In the Mood for Love". DVD Verdict's Joel Pearce said, 'What fascinates me as I read through criticism about the film is the way that each reviewer sees something different in it. While all see the love story, some discuss Chungking Express as an art film, others as a crime film, some see it as precious, others see it as deeply romantic.' IMdB rating 8.0/10.
Oct. 17 Off the Map 2003 110 minutes, an American coming-of-age comedy/drama about an 11-year-old girl. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Oct. 10 La Petite Lili 2003 104 minutes, a French drama based on Chekhov's The Seagull. IMdB rating 6.2/10.
Oct. 3 When Did You Last See Your Father? 2007 92 minutes, starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Sept. 26 Incendies 2010 130 minutes, a Canadian film about a pair of immigrant siblings returning to Lebanon to uncover family secrets. Incendies means raging fires. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
Sept. 19 Mother and Child 2009 125 minutes - three linked stories about adoption, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Samuel L. Jackson.….. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Sept. 12 In a Better World (Haevnen) 2010 119 minutes, director Susan Bier, who also made "Brothers" and "After the Wedding" - and several other excellent films. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Sept. 5 Bread and Tulips 2000 114 minutes. A neglected Italian housewife goes to Venice to start a new life for herself. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Aug. 29 Kurosawa's Dreams 1990 119 minutes, is dreamlike collection of short visits to other more fanciful worlds which are brought to life through music, costumes, subtle special effects, and fantastic locations. IMdB rating 7.2/10. Beautiful, but boring.
Aug. 22 Winter in Wartime [Oord Winter] 2001 103 minutes, is about the dilemmas of a young teen in Nazi-occupied Netherlands and a British paratrooper. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Aug. 15 Wild Reeds 1994 110 minutes, directed by André Téchiné, based on his experiences as a teenager in a boarding school in rural France in 1962. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Aug. 8 Casanova 2005 112 minutes, is a comedy romance starring Heath Ledger and Jeremy Irons and Venice. IMdB rating 6.5/10.
Aug. 1 Blue Valentine 2010 112 minutes, is a romantic Indie drama. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
July 25 10 Things I Hate About You 1999 97 minutes, comedy romance. In West Coast High School - adaptation of 'Taming of the Shrew'. IMdB rating 7.0/10. I liked it a lot.
July 18 The Thief 1997 96 minutes is a Russian parable about a fatherless boy and a thief. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
July 11 Barney's Version 2011 132 minutes is a wildly entertaining journey through 40 years, 3 marriages, and the tragedy & triumphs of a highly-flawed, (but likable?), TV producer based on a 1997 novel by Mordecai Richler. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
July 4 Mother of Mine 2005 111 minutes, is an award-winning Finnish film about a boy evacuated to Sweden during WWII. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
June 27 Another Year 2010, 129 minutes, is a British family drama from Mike Leigh, who also made Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, All or Nothing, etc. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
June 20 Small Act 2010 88 minutes - another documentary - this one about a Kenyan who, as a child, received a small monthly sum from a Swede, and later establishes a scholarship foundation for Kenyan children. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
June 13 True Grit 2010 110 minutes - the latest Coen brothers film starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld - a remake of the original John Wayne classic western. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
June 6 Rabbit Hole 2010 92 minutes starring Nicole Kidman is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It's another movie about coping with death, here again, as in Don't Look Now, a child's. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
May 16 Man with a Movie Camera 1929 68 minutes, a documentary by the great Russian director Dziga Vertov, recommended by Naomi. Vertov said, "The film "Man with a Movie Camera" represents AN EXPERIMENTATION IN THE CINEMATIC TRANSMISSION Of visual phenomena... WITHOUT THE USE OF INTERTITLES... WITHOUT THE HELP OF A SCRIPT... WITHOUT THE HELP OF A THEATRE... This new experimentation work by Kino-Eye is directed towards the creation of an authentically international absolute language of cinema." Ebert (click link) considers it a Great Movie. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
May 9 Topsy-Turvy 1999 160 minutes, by group demand we again screened this wonderful British drama about Gilbert & Sullivan, and the Mikado. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
May 2 Four Lions 2010 97 minutes, British comedy about inept suicide bombers. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Apr. 25 King's Speech 2010 118 minutes, this year's oscar winner with Colin Firth as the stammering George VI. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Apr. 18 Cherry Blossoms 2008 127 minutes: German drama/romance recommended by Penny and Hopi. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Apr. 11 'O' 2001 94 minutes: another Tim Blake Nelson (Syriana, Darwin Awards, Lincoln) film, a modern retelling of Othello. IMdB rating 6.2/10.
Apr. 4 Fish Tank Fish Tank. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Mar. 28 Soul Kitchen 2009 99 minutes, a Turkish/German comedy about a restaurant that is nothing but trouble. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Mar. 21 Beyond Rangoon 1995 100 minutes: an Action drama about an American doctor in Burma in the 1980's recommended by Joe & Susan. IMdB rating 6.4/10.
Mar. 14 Inside Job 2010 120 minutes: an Oscar-winning documentary on the financial crash. A Netflix customer wrote,' Inside Job is a relentless, accurate and highly entertaining look at the financial meltdown. Director Charles Ferguson clearly maps out the origins of the crisis, how it could have been prevented, how it could have been lessened, where the bodies are buried and who buried them...' IMdB rating 8.1/10.
Mar. 7 As it is in Heaven 2005 132 minutes, is a Swedish drama: a famous conductor leads a choir in a small village. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Feb. 28 Exam 2009 101 minutes, a claustrophobic British sci-fi mystery recommended by Jill Westcott. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Feb. 21 Still Walking 2008 114 minutes, Japanese darkly humorous family drama. IMdB rating 7.9/10.
Feb. 14 The Social Network 2010 120 minutes, one of the Oscar candidates this year we've all been waiting for, just released. IMdB rating 8.2/10.
Feb. 7 (untitled) 2009 96 minutes, a send-up of the contemporary art scene recommended by my brother Wendl.. IMdB rating 6.1/10.
Jan. 31 Yes 2004 100 minutes, romance entirely in iambic pentameter. IMdB rating 6.2/10.
Jan. 24 Last Station 2009 112 minutes, Tolstoy's last days 100 years ago, with Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren.. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Jan. 17 Favela Rising 2005 80 minutes, is an acclaimed documentary charting the growth of Rio de Janeiro's AfroReggae movement, a grassroots effort to combat the soul-crushing oppression of the city's most notorious slum. It's a follow-on, or rather an antidote, to the dispiriting "City of God' we saw recently. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Jan. 10 Everyone Else 2009 118 minutes, '... a sun-kissed German film about a young couple in love and in doubt, might not be perfect, but so much is right and true in this lovely, delicate work that it comes breathtakingly close…. says NYT's Dargis.' IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Jan. 3 Phoebe in Wonderland 2008 96 minutes starring the amazing child actress Elle Fanning. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
2010 Monday Movies
Dec. 20 This Christmas 2007 117 minutes. The Whitfield extended family gets together. IMdB rating 5.6/10.
Dec. 13 Stage Beauty 2004 106 minutes is an historical fantasy about theatre in Charles II's Restoration England.. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Dec. 6 12:08 East of Bucharest 2007 89 minutes is a Romanian dark comedy. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 29th Winter's Bone 2010 100 minutes. A netflix customer wrote, 'Part noir detective story, part family drama; Winter's Bone is a film about an exceptionally driven and responsible young woman [named Ree] whose obligation to care for her siblings and unstable mother leads her into a conflict with her father's dangerous, meth-dealing associates.'. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Nov. 22nd A Single Man 2009 100 minutes. Gay man [Colin Firth] remembers his dead lover as he contemplates suicide. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Nov. 15th Agora 2009 126 minutes is an epic drama based on the life of Hypatia of Alexandria, a noted 4th century Greek scholar and mathematician. IMdB rating 7.2/10. Good.
Nov. 8th Me and Orson Welles 2008 - a showbiz drama, something cheerful for a change. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Oct. 18th Death in the Garden 1956 Buñuel. A prostitute, a thief, a mute, a priest, and old man flee into the jungle to escape a S. Amer. revolution. IMdB rating 7.0/10. Skip it.
Oct. 11th Secret in the Grain 2007 Tunisian immigrant opens a couscous restaurant in a French port. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Oct. 4th Blame it on Fidel 2006 90 minutes. Bourgeois French couple turns communist upsetting their conservative daughter. IMdB rating 7.410.
Sept. 30th American Drug War: The Last White Hope 1995, revealing documentary included Cia's complicity in pushing drugs to support the Contras. No IMdB rating.
Sept. 20th Greenberg 2010 107 minutes. Comedy romance - Immature guy meets girl, considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. Can it go anywhere? IMDb rating 6.2. .
Sept. 13th I Served the King of England 2006 120 minutes, recommended by Bruce, is a Czech comedy (romance?). IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Sept. 6th The Door in the Floor 2001 111 minutes based on the first part of John Irving's novel "A Widow For One Year." Starring Elle Fanning [age 5?], Jeff Daniels, and Kim Basinger. IMdB rating 6.8/10. Riveting. Memorable.
Aug. 30 Kate and Leopold 2001 118 minutes is a frothy romantic comedy with a touch of time travel, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackson. IMdB rating 6.2/10.
Aug. 23 Lorna's Silence 2008 105 minutes, is a Belgian film from the Dardenne Brothers. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Aug. 16 Ghost Writer 2010 128 minutes, a political thriller directed by Roman Polanski. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Aug. 9 Beloved 1998 172 min., an adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel set just after the Civil War. IMdB rating 5.6/10.
Aug. 2 The White Ribbon 2009 144 minutes. Strange events in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, involving children a ritual punishment. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
July 26 Toe to Toe 2009 Dir. Emily Abt. Lacrosse teammates as friends and foes. IMdB rating 4.6/10. But it's actually very good.
July 19 Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe 1954, skip it. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
July 12 Down by Law 1986, 107 minutes, dir. Jarmusch stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni.. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
July 5 Broadway Danny Rose 1984, 84 minutes, is another Woody Allen comedy. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
June 28 Choose Me 1983, 106 minutes, noir film chosen by Joe, stars Geneviève Bujold and Keith Carradine. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
June 21 Whatever Works 2009 Woody Allen. Human relations in N.Y.C.. IMdB rating 7.2/10. Not bad.
June 14 Unknown Woman [Italian] 2006, 118 min., is an Italian a mystery that turns into a thriller with some violence. IMDB rating 7.5/10.
June 7th Young Victoria 2009, 105min, starring Emily Blunt. A Netflix reviewer said, 'Young Victoria is Victoria's life from her late teens to her intial years as Queen. I was expecting a lavish period piece with fantastic costumes, gorgeous scenery and elaborate sets - and was not disappointed. The Kensington and Buckingham palaces' interiors, courtyards and gardens didn't disappoint. I also expected Palace politics in Spades, with warring factions attempting to usurp power from Victoria - all that political intrigue was there...' . IMdB rating 7.1/10.
May 31st Paris 2009. Dir. Klapisch's series of stories about people leading parallel lives as the camera circles around the city. IMdB rating 6.2/10.
May 24th An Education 2009 100 min. British teen seduced by a sophisticated 35-year-old with the encouragement of her captivated parents. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
May 17th Summer Hours 103 min. 2008 French bourgeois family gathers to divide up their inheritance and childhood memories. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
May 10th No Movie
May 3rd Revanche [Austrian] 2009 122 min., an excellent gritty Austrian noir thriller. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Apr. 26th A Serious Man 2009, 106 min.) the Coen brothers latest black comedy, a Job-like parable, recommended by Naomi. IMdB rating 7.3/10. I really liked 'A Serious Man' for its affectionate spoofing of the Midwest Jewish community. The characters were all such perfect American Jewish types. The three rabbis were very funny. The plot left a lot to be desired. I assume that the uncertainty of Schrodinger's cat was central to the idea of the events in Larry's life. (Clive and his Dad showed they did understand dead/alive cats). I was surprised when his stoned son survived his bar mitzva. I thought the shaggy dog story about the son losing his mp3 player and getting it back was very amusing. I couldn't figure out exactly how the initial dybbuk fable fit with the rest. Maybe you did? Was he cursed? He was getting tenure...probably. But then again, he maybe had cancer. And how much damage would the tornado do?
Apr. 19th Hamsun 1996 159 min., almost 2 2/3 hrs., a Norwegian biopic of the writer. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Apr. 12th Brothers [U.S.] 2009 130 minutes. A remake of the Danish film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, & Tobey Maguire. 'A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.' [IMDb] IMdB rating 7.1/10. Excellent.
Apr. 5th The Secrets [Israeli] 2007 127 minutes, 'Ha Sadot' about a young ultra-orthodox Jew faces intolerance, religious and sexual. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Mar. 29th Beyond Silence 1996 109 minutes. German daughter of deaf-mutes wants to be a musician to her parents dismay. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Mar. 22nd Broken Embraces 2009 127 minutes. Almodóvar's latest thriller where 'passion leads to obsession leads to the usual Hitchcockian consequences' [Ann Biancolli] IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Mar. 15th Up in the Air 2009 109 minutes, a smart, funny, and bitter comedy. A cold suave Clooney, a frequent flyer corporate downsizer hired by firms to lay off their employees… IMdB rating 7.9/10.
Mar. 8th Ararat 2002 115 minutes , an Atom Egoyan film about Turkish Armenians, and the making of a film about the Armenian holocaust (recommended by Ellen). IMdB rating 6.6/10. Ebert gave it only 2.5/4 stars.
Mar. 1st Un Secret 2007 115 minutes. French teen unearths a shocking family secret. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Feb. 22nd No Movie
Feb. 15th Departures 2008 130 minutes, A newly unemployed Japanese cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. IMdB rating 8.1/10. Ebert has included it among his Great Movies.
Feb. 8th Bright Star (2009), about Keats. "He died at 25 and remains forever young. The great and only love of his life was Fanny Brawne, the daughter of his landlady.... IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Feb. 1st Up 2009 96 minutes, from Pixar. Adventures of retiree who ties thousands of balloons to his house and simply floats away... IMdB rating 8.3/10.
Jan. 25th In the Loop 2009 106 minutes. British spoof of political shenanigans at 10 Downing Street as the US and Britain decide to bomb Iraq. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Jan. 18th Gomorrah 2008 137 minutes about the Mafia in Naples (Naomi's recommendation). Another grim one. . IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Jan. 11th 500 Days of Summer 2009 95 minutes, comedy. A romance told as the hero remembers it. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
Jan. 4th A Woman in Berlin 2008 131 minutes. Powerful drama about women trying to survive in post-WW II Berlin. "...it feels very close to the truth."[NYT] IMdB rating 7.0/10.
2009 Monday Movies
Dec. 28th Julie and Julia 2009 123 minutes, Bio-pic. Fabulous Streep as Julia Child. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Dec. 21st Death in Venice 1971 130 minutes, dir. Visconti starring dirk Bogarde as Ashenbach on the Lido and trailing around Venice after the beautiful boy. IMdB rating 7.5/10. Riveting. Gorgeous. Unforgettable.
Dec. 14th Crazed Fruit 1956 86 minutes, Post WW I spoiled Japanese brothers both chase the same girl at the seaside. IMdB rating 7.5/10. Our reviewer recommends the DVD commentary track.
Dec. 7th The Fall 2006 117 min.'a fairy tale for adults in which people from "the real world" appear as characters in a child's fantasy, definitely a nod to The Wizard of Oz. The first thing that should strike anyone is the breathtakingly beautiful cinematography. The story is whimsical, clever, charming, sad, and quite funny'. IMdB rating 7.8/10. Terrific.
Nov. 30th Star Trek 2009 127 minutes - 'a burst of pure filmmaking exhilaration that manages to pay homage to the classic 1960s TV series and still boldly go where no man, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy included, has gone before' and 'creates an alternate universe you want to get lost in' (Rolling Stone). Just for fun. Panned by the NYT. IMdB rating 8.0/10. Unmemorable. Kids film?
Nov. 23rd Secret Life of Words 2005 115 minutes. Hearing impaired nurse goes out to a damaged oil rig to care for a burn victim. IMdB rating 7.4/10. Very moving.
Nov. 16th Goodbye Solo 2008 91 minutes. Suicidal retiree and Senegalese immigrant cabbie become friends… IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Nov. 9th The Dead 1987 83 minutes. John Huston's gorgeous film of the great Joyce story -John Huston's last film, with an all-Irish cast. It 'follows the story with almost complete fidelity.' ( Ebert from his great films review). A must see. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Nov. 2nd O'Horten 2007 90 minutes. IMDB says 'You meet a delightful variety of characters in this character-driven' comedy about an eccentric retiring locomotive driver. Rating 7.0/10.
Oct. 26th Easy Virtue Ebert gives it 3 stars: "Unusually for a play by Noel Coward, Love struggles while conquering All in "Easy Virtue," a subversive view of British country-house society between the wars." IMDB 6.6/10. Originally a Hitchcock movie.
Oct. 19th Tulpan 2008 100 minutes ' the fast disappearing world of nomadic sheep herders in Kazakhstan is dramatized in the part fictional, part documentary film Tulpan' [IMDb]. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Oct. 12th Sita Sings the Blues 2008 82 minutes, Animated Indian comedy tells the epic tale of Sita from the Ramayana. IMdB rating 7.5/10. Enchanting.
Oct. 5th Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 2005 94 minutes British comedy referring to the book. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Sept. 28th Human Resources 1999 100 minutes, French drama about family politics over the 35-hour work week as son of working class moves into management. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Sept. 21st World's Fastest Indian the life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. It stars Anthony Hopkins. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
Sept. 14th Into the Wild 2007 148 minutes adventure bio-pic: 'Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.' [IMDb]. IMdB rating 8.2/10.
Aug. 31st The class 2008 128 minutes, French drama - a teacher's year with a racially-mixed class in a tough Parisian neighborhood. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Aug. 24th Romeo + Juliet 1996 120minutes, Baz Luhrmann's modern take on Shakespeare set in Venice, CA, starring Leonard DiCaprio & Claire Danes with colorfully clad road warrior rival gangs carrying revolvers instead of swords, Shakespeare's words. IMdB rating 6.8/10. Surprisingly effective.
Aug. 17th Constantine's Sword 2007. Ex-priest James Carroll's moving tour of Christianity's responsibility for anti-semitism. IMdB rating 7.1/10. See it, but read the book,too.
Aug. 10th A Casa de Alice 2007, Brazilian. Alice, in a small town, with her husband and three grown sons is under appreciated... IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Aug. 3rd La Ronde 1950, based on the scandalous Schnitzler play this Ophuls comedy shows a linked series of lovers in 1890's Vienna until we return to the first. IMdB rating 7.6/10. I always thought it showed the how syphilis 'gets around', but no one mentions it.
July 27th Revolutionary Road 2008. Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet star as 1950's suburban couple. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
July 20th Detective Story 1951, Dir. Billy Wyler's day at the precinct squad room, starring Kirk Douglas. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
July 13th Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 2003, Korean monk trains a young boy who gradually becomes a man. IMdB rating 8.1/10.
July 6th Two Lovers 2008. Joaquin Phoenix meets Gwyneth Paltrow after his fiancée leaves him. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
June 29th Things We Lost in the Fire 2007, Dir. Susanne Bier. A new widow takes in her husband's junky friend. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
June 22nd Doubt 2008. Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman as principal and priest clash over possible sexual abuse at a Catholic school. Based on the prize-winning play. IMdB rating 7.6/10. Recommended.
June 15th East of Eden 1955. The Kazan classic starring James Dean, Raymond Massey, and Julie Harris, from the Steinbeck novel. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
June 8th I've Loved You So Long 2008, French. Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman trying to connect with her family after 15 years in prison. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
June 1st Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008. Woody Allen comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
May 25th Open Hearts 2002, Dir. Susanne Bier. A woman whose husband is paralyzed in an accident has an affair with the husband of the woman responsible for the accident. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
May 18th Classe tous risques [The Big Risk] 1960, French crime romance, old gangster trying to return to his family meets young man with a girlfriend. Dir. Claude Sautet. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
May11th Shooting Party 1985, British upper class on the brink of WW I. James Mason [his last film] and Edward Fox star in this BBC-style movie. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
May 4th Slumdog Millionaire 2008. Mumbai teen wins Indian TV quiz show. IMdB rating 8.1/10.
Apr. 20th No movie
Apr. 13th Frost/Nixon 2008. David Frost interviews Nixon in 1977. IMdB rating 7.8/10. Excellent
Apr. 6th Frozen River 2008. Two poor women smuggling across the St Lawrence. IMdB rating 7.2/10. Very good.
Mar. 30th Milk 2008. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in this bio-pic of the gay activist. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Mar. 23rd Mafioso 1962, Italian neo-realist crime comedy. IMdB rating 7.2/10. Excellent.
Mar. 16th Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008 Charming and uproarious romantic comedy with music. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
Mar. 9th Hobson's Choice 1954. David Lean comedy with Charles Laughton as Hobson the bookmaker tries to run his children's lives. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
Feb. 23rd The Witnesses 2007 A moving portrayal of Parisian friends living with the first outbreak of AIDS . IMdB rating 6.9/10.
Feb. 16th Sex and Lucia 2001 Spanish. Young author's life and his novel get mixed up. IMdB rating 7.2/10. We liked it.
Feb. 9th Ae Fond Kiss... 2004 British romance between Pakistan-British boy and Caucasian girl with family pressures. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Feb. 2nd Zero Effect 1998 crime comedy starring Bill Pullman as "the world's greatest detective". IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Jan. 26th Historie Milosne [Love Stories] 1997 87 minutes, Polish. A college professor, an army officer, a priest and a criminal -- struggle between career and love. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Jan. 19th Stealing Beauty 1996 Bertolucci. American girl [Liv Tyler] in search of her father and of love. IMdB rating 6.4/10.
Jan. 12th Red River 1948 Western - John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. Cattle driver and his adopted son clash wills. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
Jan. 5th Ballad of Narayana 1983 130 minutes. In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. Orin is almost ready, but first she must find a wife for her son. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
2008 Monday Movies
Dec. 29th L'America 1994 Italian racketeers prey on would-be immigrants just post-communism. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Dec. 15th A Place in the World 1992 Argentinian. Thoughtful couple move to frontier Argentina with their adolescent son. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Dec. 8th The Way We Were 1973 118 minutes, leftist Jewish girl and apolitical goy boy in the 1930's to the McCarthy era, starring Barbra Streisand & Robert Redford. IMdB rating 6.9/10. Pulls its punches, but I loved it anyway.
Dec. 1st Lovers of the Arctic Circle 1998 112 minutes, Spanish mystery romance. 'Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives…'[IMDb] IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Nov. 24th Water 2005 117 minutes. The fate of widows forced into poverty and prostitution in a temple in a holy city of India, even child brides. A feminist horror film, but all too true. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Nov. 17th The Last of Shiela 1973 120 minutes, crime mystery. A deadly scavenger hunt aboard a yacht. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 10th Sissi 1955. Historical romance. Austrian Emperor woos his fiancé's sister [Romy Schneider]. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
Nov. 3rd Edge of Heaven 2007 116 minutes, Turkish-German: three parents, a son and two daughters, all of whose lives are affected, even governed, by the fact that some are Turks, some German. IMdB rating 7.8/10. Excellent.
Oct. 27th Grbavica: Land of my Dreams 2006 Bosnian. Mother and daughter in Sarajevo after the war. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Oct. 20th Groundhog Day 1993 101 minutes, IMDb rating 8.1. Bob's favorite comedy. A must see, more than once. It gets funnier every time..
Oct. 13th Dave 1993 110 minutes, political comedy romance. President's double turns out to be an improvement. IMdB rating 6.7/10. Not bad.
Oct. 6th Spellbound 1945 111 minutes, Hitchcock noir thriller. Psychiatrist Ingrid Bergman becomes emotionally involved with amnesia patient Gregory Peck who is suspected of murder. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Sept. 29th Friends and Crocodiles 2005 109 minutes, dir. Stephen Poliakoff. Ups and downs for British entrepreneur and his assistant from the Thatcher era to the dot.com bubble. IMdB rating 6.4/10.
Sept. 22nd Reprise 2006 105 min. Two Norwegian aspiring novelists compete. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Sept. 15th The Namesake 2006 122min. Son of Indian immigrants struggles with his identity as he grows up. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Sept. 8th The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 112 min. True story of writer Jean-Dominique Bauby who writes his autobiography after a stroke totally paralyzes him except for his left eye. IMdB rating 8.1/10.
Sept. 1st Carrie 1976 98min., horror thriller based on the Stephen King novel, dir. Brian de Palma, starring Sissy Spacek. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Aug. 25th Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2008 92 min., comedy romance starring Frances McDormand & Amy Adams . IMdB rating 7.0/10. Amusing.
Aug. 18th The Band's Visit 2007 Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (original title) 87 min., Israeli comedy. The Egyptian police force band come to Israel, but ends up in the wrong town. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Aug. 11th Persepolis 2007 96 min., animated bio-pic based on the graphic novel. 'Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution' [IMDb] . IMdB rating 8.0/10.
Aug. 4th Apollo 13 1995 140 minutes, recreation of the failed NASA mission. Three astronauts in their badly damaged spacecraft, starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, & Kevin Bacon . IMdB rating 7.5/10.
July 28th A Brief Vacation 1973 112 minutes, Italian romance dir. De Sico. A woman factory worker with a boring husband and family meets a young man who is madly in love with her. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
July 21st Empire of the Sun 1987 152 min. Young English boy thrives in a Japanese prison camp in China during WW II. Dir. Spielberg, starring Christian Bale (the boy) & John Malkovich. IMdB rating 7.7/10. Riveting and unforgettable. A must see.
July 14th Zuflucht in Shanghai 1998 80 minutes, documentary of the escape 20,000 Jews from the Nazis to Shanghai, the only place that would admit them without papers. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
July 7th Golden Door 2006 118 minutes, historical romance. An impoverished Sicilian widower and his family board a steamer to America. He meets woman passenger who wants to marry him before they get to Ellis Island. IMDb rating 6.8/10.
June 30th The Prestige 2006 130 minutes, mystery thriller. Competition between magicians, starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, & Scarlett Johansson. IMDb rating 8.5/10.
June 23rd Frankie and Johnnie 1991 118 minutes, Ex-con works with waitress, starring Al Pacino & Michelle Pfeiffer. IMDb rating 6.5/10.
June 16th I Know Where I'm Going 1945 91 minutes, IMDb rating 7.7 dir. Michael Powell starring Wendy Hiller & Roger Livesey. Anniversary showing of the film we chose to start the Monday Night Movies is 2001.
June 9th Strayed 2003 [Les égarés] 95 min. French romance. 'Emmanuelle Béart stars as a widowed schoolteacher who flees Nazi-occupied Paris with her children. A teenaged boy comes to their rescue by leading them into the forest -- their best shot at survival.' [IMDb] IMDb rating 6.6/10.
June 2nd Husbands and Wives 1992 Woody Allen. IMDb rating 7.4/10.
May 26th Un Coeur en Hiver 1992. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
May 19th Painted Veil 2006. From the Somerset Maugham story. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
May 12th Last Picture Show 1971 classic. Texas high-schoolers in dead-end town, starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, & Cybill Shepherd. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
May 5th Raining Stones 1993, Ken Loach story. Proud, though poor, Bob wants his little girl to have a beautiful (and costly) brand-new dress for her confirmation. IMDb rating 7.4/10.
Apr. 28th Charlie Wilson's War 2007, a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his funds the Taliban in their war with the Soviets. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Apr. 21st The Wire [1 & 2] 2002, TV Series episodes, Drug wars in Baltimore. Gritty, authentic. IMDb rating 9.4/10.
Apr. 14th From Here To Eternity 1953, Hawaii 1941, based on the James Jones best-seller, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, & Deborah Kerr. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Apr. 7th Atonement 2007, mystery romance, based on the book. Thirteen-year-old changes lives by misinterpreting what she sees. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Mar. 31st La Guerre est Finie 1966, French drama, Dir. Alain Resnais with Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, & Geneviève Bujold. Spanish civil war. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Mar. 24th The Chosen 1981, based on the Potok book. Jewish teens, one Hasidic, growing up in Jewish New York become friends. IMDb rating 6.9/10.
Mar. 17th Behind the Lines 1997 British bio-pic based on the book about WWI soldiers in asylum for PTSD. IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Mar. 10th Anywhere but Here 1999, comedy, starring Susan Sarandon & Natalie Portman as mother and daughter in Beverly Hills. IMDb rating 6.0/10.
Mar. 3rd Band of Outsiders 1964 95 minutes, dir. Godard. Criminal gang's burglary of a girlfriend's house goes awry. Includes Godard's comments in the process, "Alice in Wonderland meets Franz Kafka". IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Feb. 25th Nothing but a Man 1964 Proud black man and his wife in the deep 1960's South. Stars: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, & Julius Harris. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Feb. 18th Bell, Book, and Candle 1958 106 min. Comic fantasy romance from stage play. Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, & Jack Lemmon, the inspiration for the classic 1964 sitcom "Bewitched". IMDb rating 6.8/10. Dated.
Feb. 11th I am Curious (Yellow) 1967 121 minutes, Swedish girl, age 20, explores life and reality, especially sexually. IMDb rating 6.1/10.
Feb. 4th Executive Suite 1954 104 minutes, from the novel. VPs vie to become CEO when the CEO of a large manufacturing firm suddenly dies. Stars: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, & June Allyson. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Jan. 28th La Vie en Rose 2007 "La môme" (original title). Bio-pic of Édith Piaf. Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud. 140 min. IMDb rating 7.6/10. Effective. Sad.
Jan. 21st Where the Sidewalk Ends 1950 95 min - Crime | Film-Noir. Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be a good cop. But Dixon's inherited vicious nature dominates. Director: Otto Preminger, script by Ben Hecht. Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, & Karl Malden. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Jan. 14th The Valet 2006 "La doublure" (original title) 85 min - French Comedy. 'A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage'. [IMDb] IMDb rating 6.6/10.
Jan. 7th Once 2006 85 min - Drama + Music + Romance. A Pair of sidewalk players in Dublin as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. IMDb rating 7.9/10.
2007 Monday Movies
Dec. 17th Virgin Spring 1960 "Jungfrukällan" (original title) 89 min. Director: Ingmar Bergman. Stars: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom 'After a group of men brutally attack a young woman they unknowingly ask for food and shelter from the girl's parents, setting the stage for chilling revenge.' [IMDb] IMDb rating 8.1/10.
Dec. 10th Black Book 2006 "Zwartboek" (original title) 145 min. Director: Paul Verhoeven. A Jewish singer infiltrates Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. IMDb rating 7.9/10.
Dec. 3rd Paprika 2006 90 min - Japanese Animation | Mystery | Sci-Fi .' When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika' [IMDb] IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Nov. 26th Young and Innocent 1937 83 min. Hitchcock thriller. 'Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.' [IMDb] IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Nov. 19th Mostly Martha 2001 'Bella Martha' (original title) 109 min. German comedy. 'When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.' [IMDb] IMDb rating 7.2/10. See it.
Nov. 12th Ratatouille 2007 111 min - French Animation | Comedy. A young rat with culinary talents helps a young kitchen worker in a famous Parisian restaurant. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Nov. 5th Pawnbroker 1964 116 min. From the best-selling book. Director: Sidney Lumet. Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald. Nazi- persecuted pawnbroker has become cynical, with devastating results. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Oct. 29th Double Life of Veronique 1991 98 min - Drama | Fantasy. Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski. Star: Irène Jacob. Young Frenchwoman singer has a double in Poland. They lead alternate parallel lives. Their consciousnesses are mysteriously linked, so that one dies, the other takes steps. IMDb rating 7.8/10. Absolutely fascinating and beautiful. A must see like all his work. He felt it was his story, too, but he didn't take steps.
Oct. 22nd Mississippi Masala 1991 118 min - Romance. Director: Mira Nair. Stars: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury. 'An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, but their respective families disapprove.' [IMDb] IMDb rating 6.5/10.
Oct. 15th The Americanization of Emily 1964 115 min - Comedy | War. Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas. A cynical American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission. IMDb rating 7.2/10. First rate.
Oct. 8th Ten Canoes 2006 90 min - Aussie Adventure | Comedy. KGF Vissers wrote, 'An elder of an Indigenous tribe in Australia's Northern territory realizes a youngster on his first geese hunt is tempted to adultery with an elder brother's wife. Therefore he explains how traditionally the youth is told elaborate, edifying stories, like this one, since the earliest existence of the tribe, about how evil slips in, notably by sorcery, and ends up causing immense havoc unless prevented by virtue according to customary tribal law.' IMDb rating 6.8/10.
Oct. 1st Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 127 min. 'A sympathetic look at Republicans in early 20th century Ireland, and two brothers who are torn apart by anti-Brit rebellion.' [IMDb] IMDb rating 7.5/10. Can't hold a candle to 'Michael Collins'. See it instead.
Sept. 24th The Two of Us 1967 "Le vieil homme et l'enfant' (original title) 86 min - Comedy. Jewish youngster in Nazi-occupied France is sent to a rural couple for safety. But the old man is anti-semitic... IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Sept. 17th Avenue Montague 2006 'Fauteuils d'orchestre' (original title) 106 min - Comedy | Romance. James Berardinelli says, '...the interaction of a young girl in the lives of three people and how, at times inadvertently, she changes them. The film uses effective acting, deft dialogue, and a sly wit to entertain, if not educate.' IMDb rating 6.7/10.
Sept. 10th Last King of Scotland 2006) 123 min - Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker. Biography of Idi Amin (MacBeth-like) as seen by his British physician. IMDb rating 7.7/10. Chilling.
Sept. 3rd Lives of Others 2006 137 min. German thriller. 'In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.' [IMDb] IMDb rating 8.5/10. A must see.
Aug. 27th Letters From Iwo Jima 2006 141 min - Drama | War. Director: Clint Eastwood . Battle of Iwo Jima told from the Japanese side. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Aug. 20th Morgan! 1966 'Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment' (original title) 97 min - Comedy | Fantasy. Karel Reisz said, 'Morgan (David Warner) is obsessed with Karl Marx and gorillas (as you are). He is also obsessed with stopping his ex-wife (Vanessa Redgrave) from marrying a more normal art dealer (Robert Stephens) who is not obsessed with Karl Marx and gorillas. Set in the London of the Swinging Sixties, this film is as zany as a zane and extremely funny. Morgan is several thousand sarnies short of a picnic but his wild imaginings and hysterical actions make him very funny and quite endearing (making it completely understandable why Vanessa Redgrave married him in the first place and then decided to divorce him). Adapted from a play by David Mercer.' IMDb rating 6.8/10.
Aug. 13th My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 'Tonari no Totoro' (original title) 86 min - Animation | Fantasy. Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Writer: Hayao Miyazaki. IMDb says, 'When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby'. IMDb rating 8.2/10. Absolutely wonderful children's fantasy. A must see, especially if you are a child.
Aug. 6th Whiskey Galore! 1949 82 min - Comedy | Crime. IMDb says, 'Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.' IMDb rating 7.3/10. I don't find drunks are funny, but maybe you do.
July 30th Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles 2005 107 min. IMDb says, 'A Japanese father travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a famous folk-opera star.' IMDb rating 7.4/10.
July 23rd C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005 127 min. IMDb says, 'Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness…. a family drama unlike any other.' Gay son struggles with his homophobic father. IMDb rating 7.9/10.
July 16th Days of Glory 2006 'Indigènes' (original title) 120 min - WW II Drama . IMDb says, 'four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination'. IMDb rating 7.0/10.
July 9th The Illusionist 2006 110 min - Mystery Romance. Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti. IMDb says, 'In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.' IMDb rating 7.6/10.
July 2nd Baby Doll 1956 114 min. Classic. Director: Elia Kazan. Writer: Tennessee Williams (screenplay). Stars: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach. IMDb says, 'Steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous 19-year-old virgin.' IMDb rating 7.3/10.
June 25th Bedazzled 1967) 103 min - Comedy | Fantasy | Romance. A netflix reviewer said, 'Moore plays a nobody cook who is in love with a waitress (Eleanor Bron) who doesnt know he exists. Cook enters as Satan himself and offers to get Moore Bron with wishes in exchange for his soul. Thats the premise..watch these two comedy legends work it out. Also, theres an unforgettable 5 minute scene in a bed between Moore and Raquel Welch that has to be seen to be believed.' IMDb rating 6.8/10. I've forgotten it.
June 18th History Boys 2006 109 min - Comedy. Adapted from the play. IMDb says, 'An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.' IMDb rating 7.6/10.
June 11th A Knife in the Water (1962) 'Nóz w wodzie' (original title) 94 min. Director: Roman Polanski - thriller. IMDb says, 'On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.' IMDb rating 7.6/10.
June 4th Charlie Varrick (1973) 111 min - British crime Thriller. Star: Walter Matthau. IMDb says, 'A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.' IMDb rating 7.4/10.
May 28th Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 'El laberinto del fauno' (original title) 118 min - Fantasy | War. IMDb says,'In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.' IMDb rating 8.3/10.
May 21st The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) 104 min - Bio-Pic. Stars: Helen Mirren, Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy . Based on Barbara Branden's memoir. IMDb says, 'eccentric...author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of ' her cult. Stephen O. Murray says, 'Her philosophy was radical individualism, but she required total subordination to all her views and whims from those around her ' IMDb rating 5.8/10. Mirren is terrific as the brilliant, but difficult, Rand. I Ioved this.
May 14th The Queen (2006) 103 min - Biography. Director: Stephen Frears. Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen. IMDb says, 'After the death of Princess Diana, HRM Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.' IMDb rating 7.4/10.
May 7th 49th Parallel (1941) 104 min. War thriller. Director: Michael Powell. Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier. British propaganda film. IMDb says, 'A WW2 U-boat crew is stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA.' IMDb rating 7.4/10.
Apr. 30th Volver (2006) 121 min - Crime comedy. Director & Writer: Pedro Almodóvar. Stars: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas. IMDb says, 'After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.' IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Apr. 23rd Half Nelson (2006) 106 min. IMDb says, 'An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.' IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Apr. 16th Kiss Me Deadly (1955) 106 min - Film-Noir from the Mickey Spillane novel. IMDb says, 'A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue.' IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Apr. 9th The Butterfly (2002) 'Le papillon' (original title) 85 min - Comedy Ben Kenigsberg said, 'Attempting to fulfill his late son's last wish, lonely widower Julien (Michel Serrault) goes hunting for the Isabella butterfly, a notoriously elusive insect whose metamorphosis serves as a convenient metaphor for growth. His nine-year-old neighbor Elsa insists on going too. IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Apr. 2nd Ballets Russes (2005) 118 min - Documentary history of the troupe who originated modern ballet. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Mar. 26th McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) 120 min - Gritty Western. Director: Robert Altman. Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie. IMDb says, 'A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.' IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Mar. 19th Noises Off! (1992) 101 min - Comedy Romance. Director: Peter Bogdanovich. From the Michael Frayn play. Stars: Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Denholm Elliott IMDb says, 'A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.' IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Mar. 12th L'ami de mon amie [Boyfriends and Girlfriends] (1987) 103 min - Comedy Romance from director Eric Rohmer. Ebert said, 'Boyfriends and Girlfriends" is one of a series of "proverbs" ... lightweight little whimsies designed to illustrate some sort of everyday truth in an ironic way… The movie is essentially about bad timing. Two young women are friends, not deep lifelong soul sisters, to be sure, but friends. They see a handsome young man. One likes him, the other gets him, and then, in a sense, they trade, with an additional boyfriend and a few other friends thrown into the mixture. All of the permutations are unimportant, because we are not dealing with the heart here, but with fashion.' IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Mar. 5th Life Aquatic (2004) 119 min - Adventure Comedy. Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston. IMDb says, 'With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.' IMDb rating 7.2/10. Skip it.
Feb. 26th SanJuro (1962) 96 min - Clssic Thriller. Director: Akira Kurosawa. Stars: Toshirô Mifune. IMDb says, 'A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.' IMDb rating 8.1/10.
Feb. 19th Lucas (1986) 100 min - Comedy Romance. IMDb says, 'A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.' IMDb rating 6.6/10.
Feb. 12th I'm Not Scared (2003) 'Io non ho paura' (original title) 108 min - Mystery. IMDb says, 'A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.' IMDb rating 7.5/10.
Feb. 5th Soldier of Orange (1977) 165 min - War Drama. Director: Paul Verhoeven. Several Dutch students make different moral choices from the beginning of WW II, the Nazi occupation and the liberation. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Jan. 29th The Third Man (1949) 93 min - Noir Thriller. Classic Carol Reed starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli. Who was the shady trader Harry Lime? How did he die? IMDb rating 8.4/10.
Jan. 22nd Bob Le Flambeur (1956) 98 min - Crime Drama . IMDb says, 'Bob, a old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville.' IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Jan. 15th Zelary (2003) 150 min - WW II Romance. A nurse in the Czech resistance flees to an isolated mountain cabin in tiny Zelary seems safest, posing as the wife of of the tough and rugged peasant... IMDb rating 7.5/10.
Jan. 8th Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 108 min - Hitchcock Thriller starring Joseph Cotten. A young woman begins to suspect her visiting 'uncle'. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Jan. 1st Hidden Fortress 1958 126 min. Director: Akira Kurosawa. Stars: Toshirô Mifune. IMDb says,'Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.' IMDb rating 8.0/10.
2006 Monday Movies
Dec. 18th 49 Up DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Dec. 11th 42 Up DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Dec. 4th Seduced and Abandoned DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 27th 35 Up DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 20th 28 Up DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 13th 21 Up DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 6th Seven Up, & Seven Plus Seven DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 30th Thank You For Not Smoking DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 23rd Gloomy Sunday DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 16th Early Summer DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 9th Microcosmos [Insects] DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 2nd Junebug DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 25th My Country, My Country DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 18th In the Heat of the Night DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 11th High Fidelity DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 4th Two-Way Stretch DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 28th Il Posto DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 21st That Obscure Object of Desire DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 14th Flower of my Secret DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 7th César [Fanny Trilogy 3] DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 31st Jules et Jim DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 24th Malena DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 17th Game 6 DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 10th Thieves Highway DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 3rd Devil in a Blue Dress DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 26th Common Ground Argentinian. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 19th Best of Youth 3 DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 12th Best of Youth 2 DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 5th Best of Youth 1 DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 29th No Movie
May 22nd A Place in the Sun DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 15th Match Point DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 8th Torn Curtain DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 1st In a Lonely Place DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Apr. 24th Lost Horizon DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Apr. 17th Pride and Prejudice DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Apr. 10th Chaos DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Apr. 3rd Fear and Trembling DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Mar.27th Forbidden Games DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Mar.20th Run Silent, Run Deep DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Mar.13th Fanny [Fanny Trilogy 2] DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Mar.6th Serenity DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Feb. 27th Girl from Paris DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Feb. 20th Stalag 17 DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Feb. 13th Diva DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Feb. 6th A Man for All Seasons DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Jan. 30th Caterina in the Big City DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Jan. 23rd Paths of Glory DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Jan. 16th Stolen Kisses Trouffaut. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Jan. 9th Heimat 1 DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Jan. 2nd Cuckoo 2002, WWII comedy from Finnland - three characters speaking three different languages. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
2005 Monday Movies
Dec. 26th Say Anything DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Dec. 19th Ballad of a Soldier DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Dec. 12th Twilight Samurai DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Dec. 5th Written on the Wind DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 28th Crash DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 21st What's Cooking? DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 14th Silver Streak DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Nov. 7th After Hours DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 31st Richard Prior: '67 DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 24th What's Eating Gilbert Grape? DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 17th Bride and Prejudice DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 10th A Very Long Engagement DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Oct. 3rd Born into Brothels DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 26th I'm All Right Jack DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 19th Walk on Water DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 12th Metropolis DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Sept. 5th My Favorite Wife DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 29th Broken Wings DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 22nd Look at Me DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 15th Bon Voyage DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 8th Touché Pas au Grisbi DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Aug. 1st Desert Bloom DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 25th Motorcycle Diaries Ché. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 18th Il Vitelloni DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 11th Secrets and Lies DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
July 5th My Architect DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 27th Life of Brian DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 20th A Single Girl DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 13th Out of the Past DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
June 6th Quai d'Orfevres DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 30th Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 23th Merchant of Venice DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 16th Live Flesh DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 9th Sleuth DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
May 2nd Dinner at Eight DDDD. IMDb rating RRR/10.
Apr. 25th Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 1990 Tom Stoppard's comedy - two characters in Hamlet - their adventures off-stage during the play. IMDb rating 7.4/10.
Apr. 18th Vera Drake 2004 Mike Leigh's drama about an abortionist in 1950's England. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Apr. 11th To Be or Not to Be 1942, Lubitsch directed Jack Benny in this satire about an acting troupe in Nazi-occupied Poland. IMDb rating 8.2/10. Remade by ...
Apr. 4th Lawrence of Arabia 2 see below. IMDb rating 8.5/10.
Mar. 21st Frantic 1988, Polanski's Harrison Ford mystery thriller. The doctor's wife disappears from their Paris hotel room… IMDb rating 6.8/10.
Mar. 14th The General 1926, classic Buster Keaton - Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive. IMDb rating 8.3/10.
Mar. 7th Marquise of O 1976. Eric Rohmer film based on Kleist novella. German Marquise cannot explain her pregnancy. IMDb rating 7.1/10. Our critic recommends the 1805 novella.
Feb. 28th The Horseman on the Roof 1995, French. A young officer tries to help a young woman (Juliette Binoche) find her husband in the midst of 19th century war and plague. IMDb rating 6.9/10.
Feb. 21st The Roaring Twenties 1939 Cagney classic, speakeasy gangster. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Feb. 14th The Boxer 1997 Irish drama. Released IRA activist Daniel Day-Lewis tries to start a boxing club in Belfast. IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Feb. 7th Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud 1995 French drama. Emmanuelle Béart (Nelly) edits an old man's memoirs. IMDb rating 7.3/10. Recommended.
Jan. 31st Bread and Chocolate 1974 Italian immigrant trying to make it in Switzerland. IMDb rating 7.2/10.
Jan. 24th Bread and Tulips 2000 Italian comedy romance. Housewife starts a new life in Venice. IMDb rating 7.2/10.
Jan. 17th La Buche 1999 comedy. French family at christmas with infidelity, etc. IMDb rating 6.3/10. Recommended.
Jan. 10th The Missing Gun 2002 Chinese crime drama. Small town policeman's gun goes missing... IMDb rating 6.5/10.
Jan. 9th A Price Above Rubies 1998. Zellweger as Hasidic wife is unsatisfied by her restrictive role. IMDb rating 6.6/10.
2004 Monday Movies
Dec. 27th The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 Classic Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Dec. 20th Shower 1999, Chinese - Son returns to village to run his father's bath house. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Dec.13th Infernal Affairs 2002 - Hong Kong Police have a mole, and the gang has an undercover agent. IMDb rating 8.1/10. Rive ting. Remade by Scorsese : The Departed (2006).
Dec. 6th Europa, Europa 1990 Historical drama - Jewish boy in Nazi Germany joins Hitler Youth. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Nov. 22nd Before Sunset 2004. Hawke and Delpy meet again, 9 years later, this time in Paris. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Nov. 15th Before Sunrise 1995, one evening in Vienna with Hawke and Delpy. IMDb rating 8.0/10. Everyone's favorite romance. Must see
Nov. 8th Clueless 1995 comedy romance - Teen Valley girl as Emma in this reworking of Austin's Emma. IMDb rating 6.6/10.
Nov. 1st Marius [Fanny Trilogy 1] 1931, French comedy romance set in a family-run bar in Marseilles. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Oct. 25th Serial Mom 1994 farcical thriller starring Kathleen Turner as sweet mom serial killer. IMDb rating 6.5/10. One of Emmy's favorites.
Oct. 18th The Big Clock 1948 Noir crime thriller - magazine editor is being framed by his boss for murder. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Oct. 11th The Name of the Rose 1986 historical mystery thriller starring Sean Connery as monk-detective. IMDb rating 7.7/10. A must see.
Oct. 4th Double Indemnity 1944, classic noir, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Juicy details of an Insurance fraud murder plot. IMDb rating 8.5/10.
Sept. 27th César et Rosalie 1972 French romance with Romy Schneider and Yves Montand. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Sept. 20th L.A. Story 1991 - Steve Matin's comic fantasy about early-90's L.A.. IMDb rating 6.6/10.
Sept. 13th The Night of the Shooting Stars 1982 Italian Historical wartime drama. IMDb rating 7.4/10.
Aug. 23rd L'Auberge Espagnole 2002 - Klapisch comedy romance - Seven students from all over Europe share an apartment in Barcelona . IMDb rating 7.2/10.
Aug. 16th The Object of My Affection 1998 Wendy Wasserstein's comedy romance starring Jennifer Aniston. IMDb rating 5.9/10.
Aug. 9th Smiles of a Summer Night 1955 - Ingmar Bergman's revision of Midsummer Night's Dream? IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Aug. 2nd Barbarian Invasions 2003, Canadian comedy crime drama - a dying man is reunited with friends and family. IMDb rating 7.7/10. A must see.
July 26th Lovers and Other Strangers 1970, comedy - family complications at a wedding. IMDb rating 6.6/10.
July 19th Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 - Story of the 1878 mutiny. Then Captain Bligh seeks revenge. With Gable and Laughton. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
July 12th The King of Masks 1997, Sichuan street performer adopts little girl . IMDb rating 7.3/10.
July 5th Otello 1986. Zeffirelli presents Verdi's opera with Placido Domingo. IMDb rating 6.8/10.
June 28th Sweet Smell of Success 1957 96 minutes, film-noir. Ruthless Broadway columnist Burt Lancaster and slimy press agent Tony Curtis smear a nice guy in love with the columnist's sister . IMDb rating 8.1/10.
June 21st The Leopard 1963, 187 minutes, Italian historical epic, based on the classic novel - Sicilian nobleman struggles to preserve tradition and family amidst upheavals as Italy is uniting as a country. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
June 14th On Guard [Le Bossu] 1997, 128 minutes, French historical drama about a duke's heir's schemes against the duke. IMDb rating 6.9/10.
June 7th The Madness of King George 1994, 107 minutes, British reverently deal with their (temporarily) mad king. IMDb rating 7.2/10.
May 31st The Dresser 1983, 118 minutes, an effeminate assistant to an aging actor struggles to get him through Lear. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
May 24th Granpa 1989, 35 minutes, inspired animated children's story with wonderful music, starring Peter Ustinov and Emily Osbourne - an imaginative young girl's adventures with her grandfather. IMDb rating 8.4/10. A must see, even for adults.
May 17th Usual Suspects 1995, 106 minutes, twisty, funny, violent crime drama, starring Kevin Spacey. IMDb rating 8.7/10.
May 10th Sea of Love 1998, 113 minutes, crime drama - detective Pacino falls for a murder suspect. IMDb rating 6.7/10.
May 3rd Character 1997, 122 minutes, Dutch Academy-award winner about father-son revenge. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Apr. 26th This Is Spinal Tap 1984, 82 minutes, satirical rockumentary about band's tour. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Apr. 19th Belle Epoque 1992, 109 minutes, Spanish comedy/romance - a young deserter is welcomed into a farm with four marriageable daughters. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Apr. 12th La Promesse 1996, 92 minutes, Dardenne brothers' film of a father and son renting to illegal immigrants. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Apr. 5th Dirty Pretty Things 2002, 97 minutes, an illegal Nigerian immigrant struggles in London. IMDb rating 7.4/10.
Mar. 29th The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989, 114 minutes, music and romance starring Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer. IMDb rating 6.7/10.
Mar. 22nd The Rules of the Game 1939, 110 minutes, Jean Renoir's great comedy of French life just before WW II. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Mar. 15th The Dinner Game 1998, 80 minutes, witty French comedy. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Mar. 8th Pather Panchali 1955, 122 minutes, first of the great Apu Trilogy, dir. Satyajit Ray. IMDb rating 8.1/10.
Mar. 1st Ashes and Diamonds 1958, 103 minutes, Polish resistance in WW II. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Feb. 23 The Man Without a Past (2002), dir. Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki.
Feb. 16 Battle of Algiers
Feb. 9 Beauty and the Beast
Feb. 2 A Hard Day's Night
Jan. 26 Divided We Fall
Jan. 19 All About My Mother
Jan. 12 Sunset Boulevard
Jan. 5 Mansfield Park
Dec. 22 The Kid Stays in the Picture
Dec. 15 House of Games
Dec. 8 All or Nothing
Dec. 1 A Walk on the Moon
Nov. 24 The Man in the White Suit
Nov. 17 How Green Was My Valley
Nov. 10 Divorce Italian Style
Nov. 3 The 400 Blows
Oct. 27 Mean Streets
Oct. 20 Manon of the Spring
Oct. 13 Jean de Florette
Oct. 6 Local Hero
Sept. 29 Rabbit-Proof Fence
Sept. 22 About a Boy
Sept. 15 The Man Who Knew Too Much ('34)
Sept. 8 Marnie
Sept. 2 The Lady and the Duke
Aug. 25 ?
Aug. 18 Singin' in the Rain
Aug. 11 8 1/2
Aug. 4 8 1/2 (interrupted by blackout)
July 28 The Stunt Man
July 21 Day for Night
July 14 Prisoner of the Mountains
July 7 Frida
June 30 Black Orpheus
June 23 Parsifal (part 1)
June 16 La Traviata
June 9 L'Atalante
June 2 Kolya
May 19th, Red,(1964), dir. Kieslowski, third of the trilogy: Blue,White, and Red with Irène Jacob.
May12th, The Thief of Bagdad, (1940) Classic for children of all ages; starring Sabu as Abu.
May 5th, The Conversation, (1964) Classic for audiophiles. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, starring Gene Hackman.
April 28th, The Searchers, (1956) Classic Western. Dir. John Ford, starring John Wayne, Natalie Wood.
April 21st, Joint Security Area or Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok
April 14th, Bleu, (1993) dir. Kieslowski with Juliette Binoche.
April 7th, Late Marriage ,
Mar. 31st, Les Enfants du Paradis II
Mar. 24th, Les Enfants du Paradis I , (1945) dir. Marcel Carn�.
Mar. 17th, Michael Collins , dir. Neil Jordan with Liam Neeson.
Mar. 10th, Lone Star ,(1996) dir. John Sayles.
Mar. 3rd, All About Eve (1950) dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Bette Davis & Anne Baxter.
Feb. 24th, The Thin Man (1934), with William Powell, Myrna Loy, & Asta.
Feb. 17th, None ,
Feb. 10th, Black Narcissus (1947) dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.
Feb. 3rd, The Red Shoes (1948) dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. A must see, all time great film.
Jan. 27th, 42nd Street (1933) dir. Lloyd Bacon.
Jan. 20th, ? ,
Jan. 13th, Baran(2001) Iranian.
Jan. 6th, Dekalog V , d. Kieslovski "Thou shalt not kill."
, (1945) dir. Marcel Carn�.
, dir. Chan-wook Park,
Korean. 2003 Monday Movies
Dec. 29 The Deep End
May 26th, White,
(1964) dir. Kieslowski, second of the trilogy: Blue,White, and Red
, dir. Chan-wook Park,
Korean. 2003 Monday Movies
Dec. 29 The Deep End
May 26th, White,
(1964) dir. Kieslowski, second of the trilogy: Blue,White, and Red
2003 Monday Movies
May 26th, White,
(1964) dir. Kieslowski, second of the trilogy: Blue,White, and Red
2003 Monday Movies
May 26th, White, (1964) dir. Kieslowski, second of the trilogy: Blue,White, and Red
2002 Monday Movies
Dec. 30th, None, New Year's.
Dec. 23rd, None, Christmas Eve.
Dec. 16th, Our Hospitality (1926), Buster Keaton.
Dec. 9th, ?.
Dec. 2nd, Young Frankenstein (1974) with Gene Wilder.
Nov. 25th, Garden of the Finzi-Contini's, (1970) d. de Sica. Wealthy Jewish family in Fascist Italy.
Oct. 7th, Hope and Glory, (1987) d. Boorman. A boy's view of the London blitz,
Sept. 30th, Children of Heaven (1997), Iranian dir. Majidi,
Sept. 23rd, Dekalog VII, d. Kieslovski "Thou shalt not commit adultery",
Sept. 16th, Rashomon (1950), dir. Kurosawa,
Sept. 9th, Vertigo (1958), dir. Hitchcock,
Sept. 3rd, a Tuesday, The Scent of Green Papaya (Mui du du xanh) (1993), Vietnamese,
Aug. 20th, The Godfather II (1974), dir. Coppola.
Aug. 12th, Dekalog IV, d. Kieslovski "Honor thy father,"
Aug. 5th, Annie Hall (1977), dir. Woody Allen.
July 29th, Citizen Kane (1941),
July 22th Shakespeare in Love (1999)
July 15th, Topsy Turvy (1999) about Gilbert and Sullivan
July 8th, Seems Like Old Times (1980), Screenplay by Neil Simon,
July 1st Dekalog III, d. Kieslovski "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain,"
June 24th, The Godfather 1972 175 minutes, IMDb rating 9.2. Classic crime. A must see.
June 17th, Claire's Knee, (1972) dir. Eric Rohmer
June 10th, On Approval 1944 80 minutes, IMDb rating 7.1. British comedy. Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats.
June 6th, The Heartbreak Kid (1972), dir. Elaine May (several thought it embarrassingly dreadful, but David said,
"interesting as a parable of failed assimilation. Lita liked it."),
May 27th, none (Connie's wedding),
May 20th, The Wizard of Speed and Time, 1988 95 minutes, IMDb rating 6.3. Dir. Mike Jittlov, himself a wizard of stop-motion animation, makes a semi-autobiographical film about a film-maker and his problems with the Hollywood Studio system.
May 13th, none (We went to an MIT panel on the play 'Copenhagen'),
May 6th, Nights of Cabiria 1957 110 minutes, IMDb rating 8.2. Fellini film about a waifish Roman prostitute poking for love.
April 29th, Dekalog II, d. Kieslovski "Thou shalt not bow down to any graven image."
April 22nd, The Man Who Would Be King (1975),
April 15th, The Road Home, (1999) dir. Yimou Zhang,
April 8th, A Tale of Winter 1992 114 minutes, IMDb rating 7.2, a Rohmer film. After a summer holiday romance, the lovers lose contact, but keep searching..., dir. Rohmer,
April 1st, The Three Musketeers, 1974 105 minutes, IMDb rating 7.3. Starring Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, and Faye Dunaway. Swashbuckling adventure, slap-stick sword-fighting, and pure good against pure evil.
Mar. 25th, Dekalog I, 1988 60 minutes, IMDb rating 9.1, dir. Kieslovski "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." A must see.
Mar. 18th, An Autumn Tale 1998 112 minutes, IMDb rating 7.4. Rohmer film. A widow's friend tries to find her a husband by placing an ad...
Mar. 11th, Tom Jones 1963 128 minutes, IMDb rating 6.9. Tony Richardson's wonderful lusty adaptation of Fielding's novel, starring Albert Finney and Susannah York.
Mar. 4th, Dekalog VII 1988 60 minutes, IMDb rating 9.1. dir. Kieslovski "Thou shalt not steal." A must see.
Feb. 24th, Belle de Jour (1996), dir. Bunuel,
Feb. 17th, Everyone Says I Love You 1996 101 minutes, IMDb rating 6.8. Woody Allen musical comedy.
Feb. 11th, Le Million 1931 81 minutes, IMDb rating 7.5. 'Impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. '[IMDb]
Feb. 4th, Groundhog Day 1993 101 minutes, IMDb rating 8.1. Bob's favorite comedy. A must see, more than once. It gets funnier every time.
Jan. 28th, His Girl Friday 1940 92 minutes, IMDb rating 8.0. Hilarious classic screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Based on the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play 'The Front Page'. A must see.
Jan. 21st, Topkapi 1965 120 minutes, IMDb rating 7.0. Stylish heist flick starring Peter Ustinov and Marina Mercouri.
Jan. 14th, Rififi 1955 122 minutes, IMDb rating 8.2. Remarkable Noir picture that defines 1950s French Cinema.
Jan. 7th, Yojimbo 1961 110 minutes, IMDb rating 8.4. Director Kurosawa's imitation Western starring the great Toshiro Mifune. Samurai with sword comes to sort out town with two rival gangs, and one of them has a gun.
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Fair Lady 1964 170 minutes, IMDb rating 7.8. Simply the best -music, wit (Shaw's), lyrics, cast.
December 24th, None. It was Christmas Eve.
December 17th, Good Morning 1959 94 minutes, IMDb rating 7.8. Japanese. Comedy from dir. Yasujirô Ozu, suburban middle-class life in a small subdivision where the children go on strike for a TV set.
December 10th, North by Northwest 1959 136 minutes, IMDb rating 8.5. Classic great Hitchcok. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, and Mount Rushmore.
December 3rd, Notorious 1946 101 minutes, IMDb rating 8.2. Another great Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, & Claude Rains with a script by Ben Hecht.
November 26th, Casablanca 1942 102 minutes, IMDb rating 8.7, Bogart and Bergman in one of the world's favorite romances and a great script.
November 19th, The Maltese Falcon 1941 100 minutes, IMDb rating 8.3. John Huston directs Bogard, Lorre and Greenstreet in this classic. Private eye a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
November 12th, The Big Sleep 1946 114, IMDb rating 8.2. Howard Hawks directs Bogart and Bacall. Private eye takes on complex case involving murder, drugs, pornography, and love, maybe.
November 5th, Love on the Run 1979 94 minutes, IMDb rating 7.0. Truffault continues his series about Antoine Doinel, now 30.
October 29th, Dersu Uzala 1975 144 minutes, IMDb rating 8.2 dir. Kurosawa. 'The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter' [IMDb],
October 22th, Some Like It Hot 1959 120 minutes, IMDb rating 8.4. Hilarious Billy Wilder comedy/romance starring Marilyn Monroe, with cross-dressing Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon in a female band. Best comedy ever?
October 15th, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgoisie 1972 102 minutes, IMDb rating 7.9. Surreal Buñuel with six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.
October 8th, A Summer's Tale 1996 113 minutes, IMDb rating 7.1. Charming Rohmer film about an uncertain young man on holiday who meets three tempting potential girlfriends.
October 1st, The Wild Child 1970 83 minutes, IMDb rating 7.6 dir. Truffaut. "1798. In a forest, some countrymen catch a wild child who can not walk, speak, read nor write. Doctor Itard is interested by the child, and starts to educate him." [IMDb],
September 24th, An Autumn Tale 1998 112 minutes, IMDb rating 7.4. Rohmer film. A widow's friend tries to find her a husband by placing an ad...,
September 17th, The Lady Vanishes 1938 96 minutes, IMDb rating 8.0, early Hitchcock. Much loved flick.
September 10th, Grand Illusion 1937 114 minutes, IMDb rating 8.1. Great Renoir classic about WWI, French soldiers imprisoned in a German POW camp attempting escape,
September 3rd, The Seven Year Itch 1955 105 minutes, IMDb rating 7.2. Billy Wilder Comedy romance starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell in an almost summer affair. The best part is in the extras on the disc.
August 27th, Murmur of the Heart 1971 118 minutes, IMDb rating 7.7. Great Louis Malle film about coming-of-age in an uncommon bourgeois family in Dijon.
August 20th, Chinatown 1974 130 minutes, IMDb rating 8.4. Terrific Polanski crime drama about murder and water in L.A. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, & John Huston.
August 13th, Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 106 minutes, IMDb rating 8.2, British crime comedy. Alec Guinness tour-de-force playing the murderer and all his victims in as he tries to inherit a Dukedom.
August 6th, Dr. Strangelove 1964 95 minutes, IMDb rating 8.6. Incredible but all too true Kubrick send-up of the American military.
July 30th, It Happened One Night 1934 105 minutes, IMDb rating 8.2. Capra's comedy romance starring Gable and Colbert.
July 23th, The 39 Steps 1935 86 minutes, IMDb rating 7.9, Hitchcock thriller, starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.
July 16th, I Know Where I'm Going 1945 91 minutes, IMDb rating 7.7 dir. Michael Powell starring Wendy Hiller & Roger Livesey. David Bishop's favorite, and our first mad movie.
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Dec.29th Notes on a Scandal 2006 92 minutes, - a British thriller starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. IMdB rating 7.5/10. Quite Good.
Dec. 22nd Gladiator 2000 - a multi-award winning Hollywood spectacular historical epic starring Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's resurrection of Ancient Rome. IMdB rating 8.5/10. Just another epic.
Dec. 15th The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 121 minutes - a Western crime drama directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Dec. 8th Waitress 2007 - a comedy starring Keri Russell. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Dec. 1st The Fighter 2010 116 minutes, is based on a true story of a boxer starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. IMdB rating 7.9/10.
Nov. 24th United 93 2006, a riveting docudrama recreating (almost) real-time events on the hi-jacked plane. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Nov. 17th Changing Lanes 2002, a thoughtful thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck. IMdB rating 6.4/10.
Nov. 10th The Limey 1999, Soderbergh vengeful Englishman goes to L.A. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Nov. 3rd Waking Ned Devine 1998, a British screwball comedy about friendship and community in an Irish village. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Oct. 27th C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005, a French-Canadian gay coming-of-age film which paints an indelible portrait of an entire family. IMdB rating 7.9/10.
Oct. 20th Death at a Funeral 2007 90 minutes, a screwball black comedy starring Matthew MacFaydyen.
Oct. 13th Citizen Ruth 1996 106 minutes, an issue-centered comedy starring Laura Dern: the debate over abortion. Not really a comedy, though it had funny parts.
Oct. 6th Gumshoe 1971 88 minutes, a British crime comedy starring Albert Finney, and directed by Stephen Frears.
Sept. 29th Bernie 2011 104 minutes, a 'comedy of generosity, money lust, and skewed perception is based on a true story' [to quote David Denby] starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.
Sept. 22nd Headhunters 2011 100 minutes, a twisty Norwegian thriller. Good fun.
Sept. 15th Moneyball 2011 133 minutes, a sports drama starring Brad Pitt.
Sept. 8th The Tao of Steve 2000 87 minutes, an Indie romantic comedy with a scrappy, witty script.
Sept. 1st Get Low 2009 100 minutes, a 'comedy about loneliness, guilt, redemption, forgiveness, love, and human mortality' starring 'cantankerous Robert Duvall, the hilarious Bill Murray and elegant Sissy Spacek'. [quotes from an IMDB review]
Aug. 25th Shotgun Stories 2007 92 minutes.
Aug. 18th Le Havre 2011 93 minutes, a Finnish comedy in French and in France.
Aug. 11th Show Me Love 1998 89 minutes, a Swedish teenage comedy-romance.
Aug. 4th Panic 2000 88 minutes, a comedy/thriller film starring William Macy, Donald Sutherland, and Tracy Ullman. No subtitles, but CC.
July 28th Billy Elliot 2000 110 minutes, an English comedy starring Jamie Bell, boy dancer. But 'director Stephen Daldrey has enough sense not to let the dance get in the way of his story' which takes place in a gritty coal-mining town.
July 21st Young Adult 2011 93 minutes, a dark comedy starring Charlize Theron.
July 14th The Lincoln Lawyer 2011 119 minutes, a Hollywood thriller starring Matthew McConaughey. Recommended.
July 7th The Window [La Ventana] 2008 85 minutes, an Argentine 'Déclassé Fairytale with emphasis on that golden prewar era' directed by Carlos Sorin. Definitely not our usual fare for Saturday, but...
June 30 The Grey 2011 117 minutes, a thriller starring Liam Neeson. Skip it.
June 23rd Men in Black 1997 98 minutes, a sci-fi action comedy, recommended by Joe.
June 16th Let the Right One In 2008 115 minutes, a Swedish vampire film about two lonely youngsters.
June 9th Certified Copy 2010 106 minutes, a French romantic comedy starring Juliette Binoche and William Shamell.
June 2nd The Disappearance of Alice Creed 2009 100 minutes, a twisty British psychological thriller. With English subtitles!
May 26th Felicia's Journey 1999 116 minutes, an Atom Egoyan thriller starring Bob Hoskins and Elaine Cassidy.
May 19th Love Crime [Crime D'amour] 2010 106 minutes, a riveting French thriller about relationships as a lever to power and influence.
May 12th The Help 2011 146 minutes, a film starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis about black maids and their mistresses in 1960's Jackson, Mississippi on the eve of the civil rights movement. Based on the popular book.
May 5th Sunshine Cleaning 2008 91 minutes, a quirky black comedy starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Joan Krizack, my son's mother-in-law, said, 'You've got to see this.' (She's Grey's other grandmother).
Apr. 28th Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 127 minutes, the British thriller starring Gary Oldman as Le Carré's Smiley with an all-star supporting cast.
Apr. 14th The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 158 minutes, the Hollywood remake of the Swedish thriller. Starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.
Apr. 7th A Dangerous Method 2011 99 minutes: the evolution of the rift between Freud and Jung as they analyze each other and their patient, Keira Knightley.
Mar. 31 Jackie Brown 1997 154 minutes (i.e. long), a Tarantino crime/action comedy.
Mar. 24th The Debt 2010 113 minutes, a remake of the Nazi-hunting Israeli film Ha-Hov starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain (as her younger self).
Mar. 17th Take Shelter 2011 120 minutes, "a dark, symbolic mapping of the last five years of the middle-class American experience".
Mar. 10th The Skin I Live In 2011 117 minutes, Almodóvar's latest, a 'philosophically complex mystery and horror film'.
Mar. 3rd Project Nim 2011 93 minutes, a tragic documentary starring Nim Chimpsky, the chimpanzee. Sad and unforgettable.
Feb. 25th The Clearing 2004 95 minutes, a character-driven crime drama film starring Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe, and Helen Mirren. What a cast! I found it intriguing that the women reviewers liked it much better than the men.
Feb. 18th Contagion 2011 106 minutes, a Soderbergh film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Elliot Gould...
Feb. 11th Take Out 2004 87 minutes, an suspenseful Indie drama shot on a shoestring in NYC.
Feb. 4th The Guard 2011 96 minutes, an 'an Irish "French Connection" by way of "The Long Goodbye".'
Jan. 27th The Ides of March 2011 111 minutes, a political thriller starring George Clooney who also worked on the screenplay. Recommended.
Jan. 21st Win Win 2011 103 minutes, a quirky indie sports comedy starring Paul Giamatti.
Jan.14th Margin Call 2011 107 minutes, a thriller film starring Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons about the beginning of the financial panic.
Jan. 7th No Movie. Thomis family get-together.
Dec. 31st No Saturday Night Movie New Year's Eve.
Dec. 24th No Saturday Night Movie Christmas Eve.
Dec. 17th Disgrace 2008 119 minutes, a South African film starring John Malkovich.
Dec. 10th Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 102 minutes, a comedy/romance/fantasy from J.P. Shanley who received an Oscar for writing Moonstruck, and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. No comparison.
Dec. 3rd Super 8 2011 112 minutes, is another Sci Fi thriller, this one produced by Spielberg dir. J.J. Abrams, but perhaps more of a coming-of-age drama than thriller. Bob particularly waneds to see this because of his lifelong interest in Super 8, including founding the company Super 8 Sound based on his inventions (with Jay Kirsch & my brother Wendl), and it's relation to Spielberg's early efforts.
Nov. 26th District 9 2009 112 minutes, a 'fresh and entertaining' Sci Fi thriller.
Nov. 19th A Perfect World 1993 138 minutes, a Clint Eastwood thriller. About a boy and a criminal. Recommended.
Nov. 12th Where the Truth Lies 2005 108 minutes, Atom Egoyan's period (1950's) crime drama with Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth.
Nov. 5th Bridesmaids 2011 125 minutes, finally a comedy. Writer/actress Kristen Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo 'with their sharply observed, sharply satirical screenplay, turn the chick flick into comedy for all'.
Oct. 29th The Edge 1997 117 minutes, starring Anthony Hopkins and Alex Baldwin, script by David Mamet, is recommended by my brother Wendl.
Oct. 22nd Cell 211 2009 110 minutes, is Spain's answer to French prison epic A Prophet.
Oct. 15th The Year of the Quiet Sun , a Polish WWII romance/drama.
Oct. 8th Melvin Goes to Dinner 2003 83 minutes, cerebral comedy.
Oct. 1st In the Shadow of the Moon 2007 100 minutes, a NASA documentary on the Apollo 11.
Sept. 24th Incendies 2010 130 minutes. Canadian twins Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette) travel to Lebanon in search of their father and their brother.
Sept. 17th Police, Adjective 2009 115 minutes, is a Romanian crime drama with a lot of semantics.
Sept. 10th Source Code 2011 93 minutes, a sci-fi thriller directed by Duncan Jones whose earlier Moon we enjoyed a lot.
Sept. 3rd The Adjustment Bureau 2011 106 minutes, a romantic sci-fi thriller suggested by Joe & Susan. Looks as if it raises some of the questions Bob has been addressing in his book and IPhi website. An IMDB reviewer said, 'The way the bureau works and how they function is a wonder in itself. You'll never look at a door or a man wearing a hat the same way again after viewing the film.... [It] leaves you questioning how much of your life is really left to fate and chance...'
Aug. 27th Akira Kurosawa's Dreams 1990 119 minutes, a dreamlike collection of short visits to other more fanciful worlds which are brought to life through music, costumes, subtle special effects, and fantastic locations.
Aug. 20th Dinner Rush 2001 99 minutes, a restaurant comedy-thriller.
Aug. 13th My Dog Tulip 2009 81 minutes, based on J.R. Ackerley's 1956 autobiographical novel, an animated love story not intended for children about a man and his dog.
Aug. 6th Dick 1999 94 minutes, a political comedy satire - the 'true' story about Watergate - 'the flip side of "All the President's men" '.
July 30th I Love You Phillip Morris 2009 98 minutes, a comedy-romance starring Jim Carrey.
July 23rd No Saturday Night Movie.
July 16th Moonlighting 1982 97 minutes, an acclaimed political allegory which follows a Polish construction crew -- led by English-speaking foreman Nowak (Jeremy Irons) -- as they renovate a rich man's London flat without British work permits.
July 9th The Machinist 2004 101 minutes, a dark psychological thriller.
July 2nd L'Affaire Farewell 2009 113 minutes, a French Reagan-era spy thriller based on a true story.
June 25th Open Your Eyes 1997 117 minutes, Spanish thriller.
June 18th Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life 1925 71 minutes, a documentary by the pioneering filmmakers Merian Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, who would later make King Kong. Riveting, fascinating story of an Persian tribe's seasonal migration with all its animals from the winter lowlands into the summer highlands. A must see.
June 11th A Place in the Sun 1951 122 minutes - a classic starring Liz Taylor, Montgomery Clift, and Shelley Winters based on Dreiser's novel of the 20's, An American Tragedy.
June 4th Passing Strange 2009 135 minutes. 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man meets Rock n' Roll. Post-post-modern African-American epic journey. .... a live filming of a Broadway musical on stage.
May 28th Don't Look Now 1973 110 minutes: a classic thriller starring Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie. A rational man who does not believe in psychics, omens or the afterlife sees evidence which shakes his skepticism.
May 21st Black Death 2010 108 minutes, a British medieval horror/thriller.
May 14th Shutter Island 2010 88 minutes: a Scorsesi thriller . We didn't much like it, although it held our interest to the end.
May 7th A Film Unfinished 2010 88 minutes: an Israeli documentary: inside the Warsaw Ghetto.
Apr. 30th Black Swan 2010 108 minutes: Nightmarish ballet thriller with a magnificent Natalie Portman as the swan in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Can't compare to 'The Red Shoes', though.
Apr. 23rd Hereafter 2010 129 minutes: Clint Eastwood's latest, a supernatural thriller starring Matt Damon.
Apr. 16th Fair Game 2010 108 minutes: Political drama based on the Valerie Plame affair.
Apr. 9th Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 2009 102 minutes: First of a trilogy of British dark thriller/police-procedurals.
Apr. 2nd Leaves of Grass 2009 105 minutes: Indie black comedy.
Mar. 26th Terribly Happy 2008 90 minutes: Danish mystery/drama.
Mar. 19th Beyond Rangoon 1995 100 minutes: an Action drama about an American doctor in Burma in the 1980's recommended by Joe & Susan.
Mar. 12th Secretary 2002 104 minutes: comedy-romance, S&M sex at the office, recommended by Bruce LeClair.
Mar. 5th Exam 2009 101 minutes, a cerebral, claustrophobic British sci-fi mystery recommended by Jill Westcott. Recommended by us, too..
Feb. 26th Last Train Home , 2009 85 minutes, a Chinese documentary.
Feb. 19th Thirteen 2003 100 minutes, about a 13-year-old and her mother.
Feb. 12th The American 2010 105 minutes, a slow, dark thriller about an aging hit-man.
Feb. 5th The Town 2010 125 minutes, a must see as it is directed by our own Ben Affleck - about a gang of Charlestown bank robbers.
Jan. 29th Salt 2010 100 minutes, an action flick starring Angelina Jolie at full speed.
Jan. 22nd Day of Wrath 1943 97 minutes, Carl Theodor Dreyer's brilliant parable about witch-finding and witch-burning in 17th-century Denmark.
Jan. 15th Inception 2010 148 minutes, unnerving sci-fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jan. 8th A Christmas Tale 2008 150 minutes, French, with Catherine Deneuve matriarch of another dysfunctional family reunion.
Jan. 1st No movie - New Year's Day.
Dec. 25th No movie - Christmas Day
Dec. 18th No movie.
Sat. Dec. 11th Mother 2009 128 min., a Korean thriller.
Dec. 3rd Stander 2003 116 min. To quote our famous critic Bruce, 'This is one of my favorite movies, partially because it tells a true story, and for the flair and visual style used in the telling.'
Nov. 27th Come and See 1985 142 min., the last film of the Russian Elem Klimov shows WW II on the Eastern front through the eyes of a boy.
Nov. 20th Red Cliff: Part 2 2008 142 minutes, more of the same with the exciting conclusion of the historic battle. Everyone says it's as good as the 1st part.
Nov. 13th Red Cliff: Part 1 2008 146 minutes, a sweeping Chinese martial arts action-adventure centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.) recommended by Joe and Susan.
Nov. 6th The Baader Meinhof Complex 2008 149 minutes, a sweeping German docudrama recommended by Bruce. There seem to be several other films on this topic, perhaps as good or better than this, exploring different aspects of terrorism.
Oct. 23th Crimson Rivers 2000 105 minutes, a French whodunit.
Oct. 16th Identity 90 minutes 2003, a psychological mystery thriller of the Agatha Christie genre.
Oct. 9th The Square 2008 106 minutes, a neo-noir thriller from Australia with 'more plot twists than a corkscrew' (IMDB reviewer)..
Oct. 2nd The Secret in Their Eyes 2009 129 minutes, an Argentinian thriller/romance - won the 2010 Academy Award for best foreign-language film.
Sept. 25th City of God DDDD.
Sept. 18th A Prophet 2009 155 minutes, a must see French prison thriller. We considered 'Time Bandits', but it has no subtitles, sigh.
Sept. 11th Primal Fear 1996 129 minutes, a courtroom mystery -An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest.
Sept. 4th Donnie Darko 2001 113 minutes, a sort of cult mystery that Derek's mother-in-law tells me is a 'must see'.
Aug. 28th Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 122 minutes, a Terry Gillian (of Monty Python) dark comedy.
Aug. 21st No movie.
Aug. 14th No movie.
Aug. 7th No movie.
July 31st Night on Earth 1991 129 min., a Jarmisch comedy requested by the group after we saw his 'Down by Law'.
July 24th Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009, 148 minutes, Swedish, based on the bestseller.
July 17th Invictus 2009 134 minutes, historical drama - Nelson Mandela enlists the national rugby team in 1995 to unite the country newly freed from apartheid. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
July 10th Separate Lies 2005, 86 minutes, British character study recommended by my brother Wendl, stars Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson. .
July 3rd High and Low 1963 143 min., dir. Kurosawa's film noir thriller based on an Ed McBain police procedural.
June 26th Five Minutes of Heaven 2009 89 minutes, stars Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.
June 19th Ripley's Game 2002, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, 110 min. Ebert includes it among his Great Movies.
June 12th The Big Heat 1953 Dir. Fritz Lang, 89 min. Film noir starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Swansen.
June 5th Milagro Beanfield War 1988 117 minutes. Dir. Robert Redfield - irrigation wars- tradition vs. progress - plus a bit of magic.
May 29th The Messenger May 22nd Crazy Heart 2009 112min., with Jeff Bridges as alcoholic country singer, recovering.
May 8th Uncertainty 2008 101 min., I wanted to show it because of its connection to Bob's theme in his Barcelona talk.
May 1st There Will Be Blood 2007 158 min., very loosely based on Upton Sinclair's 'Oil!' about the beginnings of the oil boom in California. Bob Bradford said, 'very much like a Steinbeck novel in scope and biblical character (with a darkly ironic Thomas Hardy-like doomsday destiny in the background.) All to say, it's a "must-see" epic for anyone with a serious interest in truly distinctive great films---an exceptional cinematic tour de force for the intellectual film buff.'
Apr. 24th 35 Shots of Rum 2007 100 min., slice of life from French director Claire Denis. Ebert gave it 4 stars. 7.3/10 on IMDB.
Apr. 17th Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 122 minutes, corrupt cop played by Nicholas Cage. Ebert gave it 4 stars. 6.7/10 on IMDB.
Apr. 10th Cherry Blossoms 2008 127 minutes, German romantic drama - grieving widower visits Japan. 7.5/10 on IMDB
Apr. 3rd The Informant!' 2009 128 minutes, a Matt Damon dark comedy/thriller, dir. Soderbergh, based on a true story. Ebert gave it 4 stars. 6.6/10 on IMDB.
Mar. 27th The Butcher Boy 1997 110 minutes, an Irish anti coming-of-age tragi-comedy. Ebert gave it 2.5 stars. 7.0/10 on IMDB.
Mar. 20th No movie.
Mar. 13th Duplicity 2008 125 minutes, romantic thriller starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owens. Ebert gave it 3 stars. 6.2/10 on IMDB.
Mar. 6th Inglourious Basterds 2007 153 minutes. Fasten your seatbelts, it's Saturday night!. Tarantino's alternative WWII. Ebert gave it 4 stars. 8.3/10 on IMDB.
Feb. 27th The Brave One 2007 122 minutes, dir. Neil Jordan (of 'Crying Game & Michael Collins, etc.) - Jodie Foster out for revenge. Ebert gave it 3.5 stars. 6.8/10 on IMDB.
Feb. 20th The Hurt Locker' 2008 131 minutes, riveting war thriller about a bomb disposer in Iraq. Ebert gave it 4 stars. IMDB rating, 7.7/10.
Feb. 13th Perfume: Story of a Murderer 2006 147 minutes, fascinating French fantasy based on the best-selling novel. All about smell. Ebert gave it 4 stars. IMDB rating, 7.5/10.
Feb. 6th Moon (2009), sci-fi drama, practically a one-man performance by Sam Rockwell. A must see. Ebert gives it 3 1/2 stars out of 4. IMDB rating, 8.0/10!
Jan. 30th Adoration another terrific Atom Egoyan film. 'An intensely involving film, and a powerful one as well; a film about prejudices, loss, the power of technology, and the effect of fiction on reality and vice versa will always be topical, but given the actual plot of the film it is particularly relevant to today's world.' (Reviewer quoted). IMDB rating, 6.4/10.
Jan. 16th Avatar 2009, the 3D sci-fi sensation that has amazing reviews and astounding special effects. We went downtown to see it in 3D rather than wait for the DVD version. You must see it. IMDB rating, 8.0/10.
Jan. 9th Risky Business 1983, a comedy about male adolescent guilt, with a young Tom Cruise turning his suburban family home into a brothel among other escapades. Ebert gave it 4 stars. IMDB rating, 6.7/10.
Jan. 2nd The Unforgiven 1992 131 minutes, Clint Eastwood classic western. Ebert gave it 4 stars as a great movie. IMDB rating, 8.4/10.
Dec.12th Soapdish 1991, a satire on TV soaps of inspired lunacy. IMDB rating, 6.2/10.
Dec. 5th The Merry Gentleman an offbeat Holiday film. IMDB reviewer said, 'relies on its two main characters, Frank (Keaton) and Kate (Macdonald), to carry the film. And these two fine actors do not disappoint. Their scenes together are strikingly powerful.' and 'a drama about human connections, more than anything else.' Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars . IMDB rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 28th 21 Grams director Iñárritu's (of Amores Perros) latest film starring Sean Pean, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Filmed out of time sequence, this is 'a gripping story of disconnected lives that intersect in odd and unpredictable ways in the wake of a horrible accident'. IMDB rating 7.9 out of 10.
Nov. 21 Prick Up Your Ears 1987, biopic of Joe Orton's spectacular life and murder, dir. Stephen Frears. Ebert gave it 4 stars. IMDB rating, 7.2/10.
Nov. 14th Scanner Darkly 2006, rotoscoped, based on Philip K. Dick's sci-fi novel.
Nov. 7 Charlie Bartlett 2007, 'A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school'. IMDB rating 7.0/10.
Oct. 31st Fracture An 'intellectual chess game between Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling'. A legal thriller with the two leads playing mind games. IMDB rating 7.1.
Oct 24th Homicide David Mamet's film only gets a 6.9 rating in IMDB, but Ebert gives it fours stars. It's about a detective who is forced to wake up to his Jewish identity.
Oct. 17th Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2005, Joe suggested this one, I'm off the hook. It's a comic film noir. IMDB rating 7.7.
Oct. 10th Catch Me If You Can 2002, comic crime biopic starring DiCaprio. IMDB rating 7.9.
Oct. 3rd Brothers Bloom 2008, romantic adventure comedy about the bloom brothers, lifelong con men. Recommended by Derek & Rebekah. IMDB rating 6.8/10.
Sept. 26th No Movie.
Sept. 19th Play Misty for Me 1971, Clint Eastwood's first director/star effort (7.0/10) - a Crime|Drama|Romance\Thriller.
Sept. 12th Soloist 2009, biopic. Journalist seeks out homeless Julliard-trained musician. IMDB rating 6.6/10.
Sept. 5th State of Play 2009., political mystery starring Ben Affleck & Russell Crowe. Congressman's mistress's murder investigation involves reporters and police. IMDB rating 7.2/10.
Aug. 29th Tropic Thunder 2008, an action adventure war comedy. IMDB rating 7.0/10.
Aug. 22nd - No movie.
Aug. 15th Knowing Sci-fi mystery starring Nicholas Cage. IMDB rating 6.2/10. Not recommended.
Aug. 8th - No movie.
Aug. 1st Hard Candy 2005, a drama/thriller. A 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him...IMDB rating 7.2/10. Recommended.
July 25th Changeling 2008, with Angelina Jolie - based on a true story. 1920's L.A. Boy disappears. Can he be found? IMDB rating 7.8/10. Recommended.
July 18th - No movie.
July 11th Lakeview Terrace 2008 Samuel L. Jackson as a racist cop. IMDB rating 6.2/10. Skip it.
July 4th - No movie.
June 27th Gran Torino 2008, Clint Eastwood's highly rated - IMDB 8.4/10.
June 20th Miracle of Morgan's Creek - a 1944 Preston Sturges film (7.8/10 at IMDb).
June 13th Traitor - crime/drama/thriller with Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle, screenplay by Steve Martin, but not a comedy, 7.2/10.
June 6th Body of Lies 2008, CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader, starring DiCaprio and Crowe. Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. IMDB rating 7.1/10.
May 30th On The Waterfront 1954, with a Hollywood blacklist backstory, Elia Kazan defends testifying and naming names. Stars Marlon Brando. IMDB rating 8.3/10.
May 23rd High Noon Joe suggested we watch this iconic western (like no other western, really, no stagecoaches and Indian chases.). It's really a Kantian morality play about the conflict between duty and beauty (well, desire). And it has a terrific political back story. It's a thinly veiled allegory for friends deserting you under pressure. It came out in 1952 at the height of Joe McCarthy witch hunts. The writer Carl Foreman had been in front of HUAC and refused to name names. Before High Noon got to the screen, he was blacklisted and exiled himself to the UK. The other producer, Stanley Kramer (also a former communist like Foreman) was deathly afraid he would be blacklisted too and tried to get Foreman's connections with the film expunged. He is the main abandoning friend, HUAC the bad guys coming to town. Maybe we should see Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront sometime. It's the flip version of HIgh Noon, with those who stood up for American values (Kazan naming names) against the corruption in unions (Hollywood). Here HUAC are on the good guy side.
May 16th Black Hawk Down 2001. With all the news about Somali pirates, here's the failed mission to capture some Somali warlords during the Clinton administration. It's a dramatic feature by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) with the feel of a documentary. IMDB rating 7.7/10. Everyone but Holly liked it.
May 9th War Zone 1999, 'follows an isolated British family living in the lush green hills somewhere in England. ... until one day the son sees something he's not supposed to -- the dad molesting the daughter' [Michael Margetis on IMDB]. IMDB rating 7.3/10.
May 2nd Stray Dog Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's version of a Hollywood crime/drama/thriller. IMDb gives it 7.8/10 and calls it Kurosawa's first masterpiece.
Apr. 18th Layer Cake 2004, British crime thriller - cocaine dealer tries to retire, but... IMDB rating 7.4/10.
Apr. 11th Tell No One 2006, a twisty Belgian Crime/Drama/Mystery - 7.6/10 at IMDb.
Apr. 4th Shane 1953, Alan Ladd's classic.
Mar. 28th Happy-Go-Lucky 2008, Mike Leigh's hilarious comedy about Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher.
Mar. 21st Rachel Getting Married 2008, a Jonathan Demme romantic drama starring Ann Hathaway. (7.2/10).
Mar. 14th Sweet Sixteen 2002, a Ken Loach crime drama about a teen trying to buy a home for his ex-con mom. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Mar. 7th - No Movie.
Feb. 28th Point Blank 1967, a lyrical postmodern noir revenge movie starring Lee Marvin with a great commentary track.
Feb. 21st Transsiberian 2008, an American couple finds murder and deception on the trans-Siberian express. IMdB rating 6.7/10. Recommended.
Feb. 14th Le Samourai 1967, classic starring Alain Delon as an assassin. IMdB rating 8.2/10.
Feb. 7th Nine Queens 2000, Argentinian crime thriller about a counterfeit sheet of rare stamps. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
Jan. 31st Victim 1961, British crime drama - homosexual lawyer (Dirk Bogard) threatened by blackmailer. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Jan. 24th - No Movie.
Jan. 17th Klute 1971, call girl (Jane Fonda) threatened seeks protection from cop (Donald Sutherland). IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Jan. 10th Burn After Reading 2007, Coen brothers' zany crime comedy starring Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, and George Clooney. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Jan. 3rd Narrow Margin 1952, noir thriller - protecting an anti-mob witness on train trip. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Dec. 20th Dog Day Afternoon DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Dec. 13th Clockers DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Dec. 6th White Countess DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Nov.29th American Gangster DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Nov. 22nd Choose Me DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Nov. 8th Mongol DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Oct. 25th The Visitor DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Oct. 18th After the Wedding DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Oct. 11th Pulp Fiction DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Sept. 27th True Love DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Sept. 20th Lust, Caution 2007, Ang Lee's espionage thriller set in WWII Shanghai. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Sept. 13th My Blueberry Nights 2007, Romance starring Jude Law. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
Sept. 6th Bank Job DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Aug. 30th Night Moves DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Aug. 23rd No Movie. We went to Lenox.
Aug. 16th Chop Shop DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Aug. 9th Little Voice DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Aug. 2nd God's Country 1985, Louis Malle documentary about small Minnesota town, warts and all. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
July 26th Definitely, Maybe DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
July 19th 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
July 12th In Bruges DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
July 5th Wolf DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
June 28th Goya's Ghosts 2006, political drama about Goya's model in the Inquisition. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
June 21st The Bubble 2006, Israeli and Palestinian 'lovers attempt to hide from Israel's violent political turmoil in the liberal "bubble" of Tel Aviv'. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
June 14th History of the World: Part I 1981, MelBrooks unforgettable comedy. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
June 7th Romance and Cigarettes 2005, musical comedy/romance. IMdB rating 6.2/10.
May 31st Heaven And Earth 1993, Oiver Stone's 3rd Vietnam War - from the point of view of a young Vietnamese woman. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
May 24th Juno 2007, Pregnant teen comedy/romance. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
May 17th Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 - Crime within the family goes horribly wrong. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
May 10th Zodiac 2007, Detectives after a serial killer. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
May 3rd Starting Out in the Evening spring/fall romance starring Frank Langella. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
Apr. 26th Knocked Up 2007, Judd Apatow's male-fantasy in which crude juvenile guy gets the girl. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Apr. 19th 2 Days in Paris Julie Delpy's comic take on the war of the sexes. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Apr. 12th Kite Runner 2007, Afghan exile tries to atone for his sins in Afghanistan. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Apr. 5th In the Valley of Elah 2007, father of an Iraq vet investigates his disappearance . IMdB rating 7.3/10. Riveting, grim.
Mar. 29th Mafioso 1962, Italian neo-realist crime comedy. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Mar. 22nd The Company 2002, Hindi expose of Mumbai underworld. IMdB rating 7.9/10. Forget it.
Mar. 15th No Country for Old Men 2007, Coen brothers' violent thriller. IMdB rating 8.2/10. Must See.
Mar. 8th Andrei Rublev 1966, Andrey Tarkovskiy's masterpiece about 15th century Russian icon painter, and forging a gigantic bell. IMdB rating 8.2/10. Slooow.
Mar. 1st Michael Clayton 2007, law firm's problems while representing a guilty client - starring George Clooney as "fixer". IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Feb. 23rd Gone Baby Gone 2007, Ben Affleck's Boston detectives investigate kidnapping. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
Feb. 16th Bourne Ultimatum 2007, 3rd Hollywood action thriller starring Matt Damon, from the Ludlum novel. IMdB rating 8.1/10.
Feb. 9th Bourne Supremacy 2004, another Hollywood action thriller starring Matt Damon, from the Ludlum novel. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Jan. 26th A Short Film About Love 1988, Kieslowski's extended version of the Dekalog's adultery part. IMdB rating 8.3/10.
Jan. 19th The Devil Wears Prada 2006, Naive Ann Hathaway works for wicked fashion mag magnate Meryl Streep. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
Jan. 12th House of the Flying Daggers 2004, Zhang Yimou's eye-popping historical fantasy. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
2007 Saturday Movies
Dec. 15th Angel Heart 1987, Private Eye in nightmarish mystery slips into horror. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Dec. 18th Matrix 1999, paranoid fantasy - computer hacker discovers the nature of reality. IMdB rating 8.7/10.
Dec. 1st Bourne Identity 2002, action thriller starring Matt Damon. First of three. IMdB rating 7.9/10.
Nov. 24th A Short Film About Killing 1988, Kieslowski's meditation on the 5th commandment, murder and the death penalty. IMdB rating 8.1/10.
Nov. 10th No End 1985, an early Kieslowski collaboration with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, three loosely connected stories about life under martial law. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Nov. 3rd Brokeback Mountain 2005, Ang Lee's Oscar-winning romance about cowboys in forbidden love, starring Heath ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
Oct.: No Saturday movies this month.
Sept. 29th Heat and Dust DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Sept. 22nd Oliver Twist 1948, David Lean classic. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Sept. 15th Keeping Mum DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Sept. 8th The Five Senses DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Sept. 1st The Damned 1969, collapse of a industrialist Junker family during the Hitler's Third Reich. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
Aug. 25th Cold Mountain DDDD. IMdB rating RRR/10.
Aug. 18th Winter Guest 1997- Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson play mother and daughter, which they are in real life. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
Aug. 4th Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself 2002, Wilbur's brother hopes to save him. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
July 28th Why We Fight 2005, documentary on American militarism - how we got into this mess. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
July 21st The Loved One 1965, Hollywood Cemetery satirized - based on the Evelyn Waugh book. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
July 14th Little Children 2006, damaged lives and relationships in middle America - starring Kate Winslet. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
July 7th Delicatessen 1991, surreal French black comedy. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
June 16th Unbreakable 2000, suspense thriller from Shyamalan starring Bruce Willis. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
June 9th Vanya on 42nd Street 1994, Chekhov translated by Mamet, with Wallace Shawn. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
June 2nd Shaun of the Dead 2004, British horror comedy with the undead coming to eat us. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
May 26th Stranger then Fiction 2006, author's character tries to escape her intensions. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
May 5th Caché 2005, Parisian couple terrorized by suveillance videotape, starring Auteuil and Binoche. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Apr. 28th My Life So Far 1999, memoir of Scottish 10-year-old in the late 20's, starring Colin Firth. IMdB rating 6.4/10.
Apr. 21st Queens 2005, five sexy Spanish mothers cope with their gay sons weddings. IMdB rating 6.6/10.
Apr. 14th Children of Men 2006, sci-fi drama - chaos in a childless world, starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
Apr. 7th Babel 2006, interlocking international stories. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Mar. 31st Brothers 2004, complex Danish family drama about consequences of a tour in Afghanistan, from Susanne Bier. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Mar. 24th L.A. Confidential 1997, noir crime thriller - police corruption, with Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe. IMdB rating 8.4/10.
Mar. 17th Under the Sun 1998, Swedish romantic drama - love triangle on the farm. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Mar. 10th Gathering Storm 2002, Albert Finney nails Churchill. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Mar. 3rd An Inconvenient Truth 2006, Al Gore on Global Warming. A must see. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
Feb. 17th Finding Neverland 2004, J.M. Barrie meets Wendy's family. IMdB rating 7.8/10.
Feb. 10th Conversations with Other Women 2005, comedy romance with Helena Bonham Carter and Aaren Eckhart. IMdB rating 6.9/10.
Feb. 3rd Smoke 1995, smoke shop stories from Paul Auster. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Jan. 20th Two Family House 2000, Buddy finally fulfills his dream of owning a bar on Statin Island. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Jan. 6th Road to 9/11 2005, PBS documentary: Mid-East History from the fall of the Ottoman Empire to Islamic terrorism. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
2006 Saturday Movies
Dec. 23th Beyond Silence 1996, child of deaf parents wants to be a musician.... IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Dec. 16th Identity 2003, ten stranded strangers killed off one by one.... IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Dec. 9th The Da Vinci Code 2006, murder in the Louvre and a religious mystery, from the best-seller. IMdB rating 6.4/10.
Nov. 25th Pieces of April 2003, Thanksgiving dinner comedy with dysfunctional family. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
Nov. 18th Twelve and Holding 2005, Three twelve -year-olds in small town deal with a death amongst them. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Nov. 11th A Canterbury Tale 1944, Michael Powell - A land girl, a US G.I., and a British soldier unravel the mystery, before embarking on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Nov. 4th Earth 1998, Indian, love amidst political and religious violence in 1047. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Oct. 28th The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943, Michael Powell classic with a very young Deborah Kerr playing three roles. Ebert includes it in his Great Films. IMdB rating 8.1/10.
Oct. 14th 11:14 2003, dark comedy, 5 perspectives on a car crash. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Oct. 7th Kings and Queen 2004, French comedy/romance. IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Sept. 23th Ridicule 1996, French 18th century costume drama that 'substitutes wordplay for swordplay'. IMdB rating 7.3/10.
Sept. 16th Too Beautiful for You 1989, Gerard Depardieu, businessman with gorgeous wife is attracted to his secretary. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Sept. 9th Cousins 1989. IMdB rating 6.1/10.
Aug. 19th The Sea Inside 2004, Javier Bardem's quadriplegic seeks euthanasia. IMdB rating 8.0/10.
July 29th Lord of War 2005, Nicolas Cage as cheerfully amoral arms dealer chased by Interpol. IMdB rating 7.6/10.
July 22th A History of Violence 2005, Viggo Mortensen as quiet man who suddenly saves the day, and complications . IMdB rating 7.6/10.
July 15th Syriana 2005, George Clooney, CIA agent in mideast politics and Big Oil. IMdB rating 7.0/10.
July 1st Passion of Mind 2000, psychological romantic thriller about woman with a double life. IMdB rating 5.2/10.
June 24th The New World 2005, Terrence Malick's recreation of Pocahontas's Virginia. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
June 17th Nine Lives 2005, Snapshots of nine women's lives. IMdB rating R.8/10.
June 10th Shopgirl 2005, Steve Martin and Claire Danes in Martin story. IMdB rating 6.5/10.
June 3rd Paradise Now 2005, Two friends on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
May 27th Munich 2005, Spielberg's - kidnapping and deaths of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. IMdB rating 7.7/10.
May 20th Capote 2005, biopic starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. IMdB rating 7.4/10.
May 13th The Squid and the Whale 2004, two young boys and divorced parents. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
May 6th Constant Gardener 2005, murder and corporate corruption, starring Ralph Fiennes. IMdB rating 7.5/10.
Apr. 29th North Country 2005, 'docudrama' of sexual harassment case. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Apr. 22th The Mother 2003, British, widowed woman steals daughter's lover. IMdB rating 6.7/10.
Apr. 15th Proof 2005, Mathematician's death leaves daughter troubled, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. IMdB rating 6.8/10.
Mar. 25th Goodbye, Columbus 1969, poor Jewish boy meets Jewish princess, starring a very young Ali McGraw. IMdB rating 6.6/10.
Mar. 18th The Holy Land 2001, modern prodigal son tale. IMdB rating 6.6/10.
Mar. 11th Made-Up 2002, . IMdB rating 6.5/10.
Feb. 25th Toscanini: The Maestro 1985, documentary. IMdB rating 2.5/10.
Jan.28th La Petite Lili 2003, Modernized French version of Chekhov's Seagull. IMdB rating 6.2/10.
Jan. 21th Together 2002, Chinese: violin prodigy and his father travel to Beijing. IMdB rating 7.2/10.
Jan. 14th Heaven 2002, based on a script written by Kieslowski and Piesiewicz . IMdB rating 7.1/10.
Jan. 7th Since Otar Left 2003, . IMdB rating 7.4/10.
2005 Saturday Movies
Dec. 31st Candide Bernstein concert performance with costumes. IMDb rating 9.0/10.
Dec. 17th Dandelion Dead 1994, miniseries starring Michael Kitchen - wife-killer. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Dec. 10th Me and You and Everyone We Know 2005, a shoe salesman, a performance artist and others. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Nov. 26th Leolo 1992, Canadian boy struggles with largely insane family in Montreal tenement. IMDb rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 12th Wonderland 1999, gritty British drama about dysfunctional working class family. IMDb rating 6.9/10.
Nov. 5th Floating Weeds 1959, Ozu drama about traveling players in a small Japanese seaport. IMDb rating 7.9/10.
Oct. 22nd Enigma 2004, cracking the Nazi code and finding the girl. IMDb rating 6.4/10.
Oct. 15th Fever Pitch 2005, remake of British original, this time about the Red Sox. IMDb rating 6.2/10.
Oct. 8th Murder on a Sunday Morning 2001, documentary about teenager accused of murder and his court-appointed lawyer. IMDb rating 8.1/10. Riveting.
Oct. 1st The Mighty 1998, two misfit boys with imagination. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Sept. 24th Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids 2004, documentary about trying to rescue a few of them. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Sept. 17th The Naked Gun 1988, hilarious send-up of police action flix. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Sept. 10th The Dish 2000, comedy. Australian radio telescope plays a role in the Apollo moon landing. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Sept. 3rd Downfall 2004, Hitler's last days in the bunker. German. IMDb rating 8.3/10. Recommended.
Aug. 27th Casa de los babys 2003, Sayles looks at S. American adoption industry. IMDb rating 6.5/10.
Aug. 20th Lost in Translation 2003, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Japanese hotel. IMDb rating 7.8/10. It lost me.
Aug. 13th Time of Favor 2000, tricky Israeli political thriller. IMDb rating 6.7/10.
Aug. 6th Million Dollar Baby 2004 Clint Eastwood trains Hilary Swank to box. IMDb rating 8.1/10.
July 30th Crimson Gold 2003 Iranian thriller - pizza delivery man turns to violence. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
July 23rd The Aviator 2004, Scorsese biopic about the young Howard Hughes, starring diCaprio. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
July 16th Out of the Past 1947. You can't escape it. Mitchum classic noir. IMDb rating 8.1/10.
July 9th I Never Sang for My Father 1970, regretful son, difficult father, based on Robert Anderson's play. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
July 2nd Bad Education 2004, Almodovar mystery about sexual abuse in Franco-era school. IMDb rating 7.4/10.
June 25th The Secret Lives of Dentists 2002, dentist suspects his wife is unfaithful. IMDb rating 6.4/10.
June 18th Spring Forward 1999, two guys work in the park around the seasons. IMDb rating 7.2/10.
June 11th The Son 2002, Dardennes brothers drama - carpenter and apprentice. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
June 4th Fever Pitch 1997, soccer vs girlfriend. Starring Colin Firth. IMDb rating 6.5/10.
May 28th Kinsey 2004, biopic starring Liam Neeson. Recommended. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
May 21st Sideways 2004, middle-aged buddies on a wine-tasting tour. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
May 7th Truman 1995, biopic his rise and 1948 election. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Apr. 30th The Gods Must be Crazy 1980, Bushman encounters modern civilization. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Apr. 23rd The Taste of Others 2000, Director Agnes Jaoui's ensemble romantic comedy. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Apr. 16th Farmer's Daughter 1947, Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten comedy romance. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Apr. 9th Death Takes a Holiday 1934 Frederick March as Death, shorter than the remake: "Meet Joe Black". IMDb rating 7.0/10.
Apr. 2nd Angels in America 2003, Tony Kushner's adaptation of his play, starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, etc. Fabulous, must see. IMDb rating 8.2/10.
Feb. 26th Tokyo Story 1953, DDD. IMDb rating 8.2/10.
Feb.19th Sleepless in Seattle 1993, comedy romance starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, screenplay, Nora Ephron. IMDb rating 6.7/10.
Feb.12th House of Saud 2005, excellent Frontline documentary. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
Feb. 5th The Edge 1997, billionaire Anthony Hopkins and others stranded in the wilderness, scripted by Mamet. IMDb rating 6.8/10.
Jan. 29th A Price Above Rubies 1998, Hasidic woman troubled by her restrictions,starring Renee Zellweger. IMDb rating 6.6/10.
Jan. 22nd Bell, Book, and Candle 1958, old fantasy romance starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. IMDb rating 6.8/10.
Jan. 15th Garden State 2004, comedy romance starring Natalie Portman and Zach Braff. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Jan. 8th Into the Woods 1991, American Playhouse production of the Sondheim musical. IMDb rating 8.0/10.
Dec. 31st All That Jazz 1997, Bob Fosse's autobiographical fantasy musical about a womanizing choreographer. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Dec. 18th The Station Agent 2003, dwarf inherits an abandoned strain station and meets a hot dog vendor and an artist. IMDb rating 7.8/10.
Dec. 11th Short Cuts 1993, Altman interweaves 9 Raymond Carver Tales. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Dec. 4th The Terminal 2004, Spielberg comedy with eastern immigrant, Tom Hanks, stranded at JFK Airport. IMDb rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 27th Swimming Pool 2003, Ozun's thriller. Rampling, mystery novelist, in the South of France. IMDb rating 6.7/10.
Nov. 20th Control Room Al Jazeera covers US war on Iraq. IMDb rating 7.7/10.
Nov. 13th I'm Going Home 2001 old actor's routines, Portuguese director Oliviera's meditation on aging and death, but he's still making films in his 90's. IMDb rating 6.9/10.
Nov. 6th Baadasssss! 2003, son's homage to father's filming of 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song', influential blaxploitation flick. IMDb rating 7.4/10.
October 30th Osama 2003, Afghan girl poses as a boy in Taliban school. IMDb rating 7.3/10.
October 23rd Aberdeen 2000, daughter sent from Scotland to find drunkard father and bring him home. IMDb rating R7.1R/10.
October 16th The Dreamers 2003, Bertolucci imagines young American and Parisian brother and sister in Paris 1968. He wishes he'd been there. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
October 9th Italian Job 2003, heist thriller starring Donald Sutherland. IMDb rating 6.9/10.
October 2nd, Hope Springs (2003), dir. Colin Firth.
September 25th, Under the Sand (2000), dir. Francois Ozon, starring Charlotte Rampling . Terrific, sad.
September 18th, The Letter (1940) dir. Wyler, old Bette Davis melodrama based on Maugham story, contrived, but it was fun to see her emote as the bad guy.
September 17th, It Could Happen to You (1993), silly and predictable.
September 11th, Classical High School Reunion, Bob's 50th.
September 4th, Me Myself I (2000). Very amusing Australian fantasy-romance.
August 28th, Carrington (2002), very good, about Bloomsbury.
August 21st, Needful Things (1993), silly Stephen King thriller **.
August 17th, Object of My Affection (1998). Holly only. ***1/2.
August 5th, Liam (2001). **** Gritty 1930's Liverpool family struggle.
August 1st, L'Auberge Espagnole (2002), OK, not great, and
Triplets of Bellville (2003). We fast-forwarded through most of it.
July 21st, A Month by the Lake (1995). ***1/2 Holly only.
July 14th, Mystic Pizza (1988). Holly only. Chick flick.
July 10th, 28 Days Later (2002). *, Forget it.
July 4th, Legalese (1998). *** Tricky lawyers involve the media in murder case.
June 25th, Mystic River (2003), ****.
June 22nd, In America (2002), ****.
June 12th, Gangs of New York (2002). We couldn't finish watching it.
June 10th, Voice of the Turtle (1947). Silly romance in wartime NYC, starring Ronald Reagan.
May 29th, Fog of War (2003), **** Documentary: interviews with McNamara. A must-see.
May 22nd, Ghost World (2001). ***1/2 Romance about strange characters. Interesting.
May 15th, Beggar's Opera (1983).
May 8th, House of Sand and Fog (2003), ***1/2. Tragic battle about a house. Both side sympathetically presented.
April 30th, Heavenly Creatures (1994).
April 30th, World of Henry Orient (1964).
March 27th, Intolerable Cruelty (2003), *** Coen Brothers twisty satire on divorce lawyers.
March 25th, Green for Danger (1946), Not that great; I didn't finish it.
March 7th, Bend it Like Beckham (2002). Very enjoyable sports chick film.
March 6th, Men with Guns (1997), dir. Sayles.
February 28th, Seabiscuit (2003). About a racehorse in the 1930's.
February 6th, Quiet American (2002). ***1/2 Effective.
January 31st, Spellbound (2002), documentary: spelling bee contestants, and their families. ****
January 30th, I Capture the Castle (2003). Class-ridden English chick flick.
January 24th, 13 Conversations about One Thing (2001), ****.
January 17th, Marvin's Room (1996), ***1/2.
2003 Saturday Movies
Dec. 27th Defending Your Life 1991, comedy about the afterlife, starring Albert Brooks. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Dec. 20th Winged Migration 2001, documentary. Amazing footage of birds in flight. IMDb rating 7.9/10.
Dec. 13th Alias Betty 2001, grieving mother becomes surrogate mother for small boy. Based on Ruth Rendell's novel, 'Tree of Hands'. IMDb rating 6.8/10.
Dec. 6th Rain 2001, New Zealand teenager realizing her parents are breaking up. IMDb rating 6.8/10.
Nov.29th Mystic Masseur 2001, schoolteacher and masseur in Trinidad becomes author of mystic content. IMDb rating 5.4/10.
Nov. 15th Red Cherry 1995, Chinese students caught in the German invasion of Russia in WW II. IMDb rating 7.1/10.
Nov. 8th Mostly Martha 2001, from Germany. Super chef and her headstrong niece and the sous-chef. IMDb rating 7.2/10.
Nov. 1st Rare Birds 2001, comedy. Restauranteur in Newfoundland lures patrons. IMDb rating 6.4/10.
Oct. 25th Possession 2002, two literary investigators' relationship echoes that of the poets they are researching. IMDb rating 6.3/10.
Oct. 4th Walking and Talking 1996, Two young women friends and their men in NYC. IMDb rating 6.5/10.
Sept. 27th Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002, Australian history tale about three aboriginals who escape from a white school. IMDb rating 7.5/10.
Sept. 20th Y Tu Mamá También 2001. Two Mexican teenagers and an older woman take to the road. IMDb rating 7.6/10.
Sept. 13th Barbershop 2002, one day in a Chicago barbershop. IMDb rating 6.1/10.
Sept. 6th, NONE,.
Aug. 30th, NONE.
Aug. 23rd, NONE.
Aug. 16th, NONE.
Aug. 9th, NONE, trip to Gardiner, Connie's place.
Aug. 2nd, NONE, Tom Foley's party.
July 25th, Fri., She Done Him Wrong .
July 24th Thurs., Paradise, & Diabolique (1955), French classic.
July 23rd, Wed., Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001).
July 20th, Sun, Blood Work (2002) dir. and star: Clint Eastwood, ***.
July 12th, Wendy's party: Talk to Her (2002) Another Almodovar winner ***1/2.
July 5th, The Hours , Virginia Woolf & modern counterparts ***1/2.
June 29th, Sun. watched 1/2 of The Human Condition. (1959), First of a trilogy.
June 28th, Signs (2002) dir. Shyamalon (couldn't watch) *, then About Schmidt(2002), starring Nicholson, but a bit boring **.
June 21st, Frida , fabulous and gorgeous *****.
June 14th, Miller's Crossing (1990), dir. Coen brothers, 1930's Prohibition mob drama.
June 13th, Fri., Adaptation (2002), Meryl Streep. Holly didn't like it **.
June 7th, none.
May 31st, Touch of Evil (1958), dir. Orson Wells.
May 24th, Sat., Igby Goes Down (2002) dir. Steers, starring Kieran Culkan. Charming ***1/2.
May 22, Thurs, San Francisco (1936) Barbary Coast, Clark Gable as Blackie, crooked but good-hearted.
May 21, Wed, Duellists (1977), based on a Conrad short story about the Napoleonic War.
May 17th, None. Birthday party, Kathy & Richard.
Thursday May 15th, Chocolat (1997) Starring Juliette Binoche as pagan sorceress(?) vs the prudish Catholic establishment.
May 10th, The Game (1997) Starring Michael Douglas as an unlikeable protagonist again. Too implausible, and who cares.
Thursday May 8th, Boomerang! (1947) Courtroom drama about a murdered priest. Dir. Elia Kazan, with Dana Andrews.
May 3rd, The Fast Runner (2002) Inuit film.
Friday May 2nd, Becket (1964) Henry II has his dearest friend murdered. Starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. Based on Anouilh's play.
April 26th, The Fast Runner (2002) Inuit film.
April 24th, Thursday, Three on a Match (1932) w. Anne Dvorak, Joan Blondell, and Bette Davis.
April 19th, The Pledge (2001) dir. Sean Penn; with Jack Nicholson,
April 18th, Friday, The Golden Bowl (2000) Henry James via Merchant Ivory,
April 12th, The Circle, (2000) Iranian dir. Panahi.
April 11th, Friday, White Palace, (1990) 103 minutes, IMDb rating 6.3. With Susan Sarandon, James Spader (Holly)
April 11th, Friday, The Haunting, (1963) British horror film based on Shirley Jackson novel 'The Haunting of Hill House'. (Holly)
April 10th, Thursday, Heaven Can Wait (1943) dir. Lubitsch, (Holly)
April 9th, Wednesday, Hanging Garden (1997) Canadian, Nova Scotia (Holly),
April 5th, None, Emmy's Birthday.
Mar. 20th, Italian for Beginners, (2000) 112 minutes, IMDb rating 7.1. Danish comedy romance. Several lonely suburban Danes take Italian lessons hoping to improve their love-lives.
Mar. 22nd, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) 95 minutes, IMDb rating 6.5. A young Greek woman, planing to marry a non-Greek, tries to get her family to accept him.
Mar. 21st, Sunday, Va Savoir [Who Knows], (2001) 154 minutes, IMDb rating 6.9. French crime comedy directed by Jacques Rivette. A group of artistic theater types and their siblings each in search of something else.
Mar. 16th, Closely Watched Trains ,(1966) Czech film, too slow, not funny, didn't finish.
Mar. 15th, Lovely and Amazing , (2001) pretty good chick flic.
Mar. 13th, Thursday Lantana , Aussie film, good.(2001) 121 minutes, IMDb rating 7.3. Aussie. "Paradoxes of modern marriage… dependence on secrecy and deceit' [NYT Review].
Mar. 8th, None ,
Mar. 1st, None , Daniel's wedding.
Feb. 22nd Angels and Insects , (1996) from Byatt's book.
Feb. 21st, Friday, Apocalypse Now Redux , (1979) new long version dir. Coppola.
Feb. 19th, Wednesday, Flirting (1991) dir. John Duigan, Australian.
Feb. 8th, Seconds ( 1966) dir. Frankenheimer with Rock Hudson, very good; sleeper.
Feb. 7th, Friday, Insomnia ( 2002), with Al Pacino in Alaska. See also, the original Norwegian film.
Feb. 1st, Last Orders, (2001) dir. Schepisi, British. "Three longtime friends — Vic (Tom Courtenay), Ray (Bob Hoskins) and Lenny (David Hemmings) — gather in a London pub. Their best mate, Jack (Michael Caine), has died, and they are following his last orders to drive to Margate and scatter his ashes in the sea… Told in flashbacks… a bawdy delight..." [Peter Travers]. With Helen Mirren, too.
Jan. 25th, None,
Jan. 18th,Minority Report (2002) Tom Cruise, Sci Fi.
Jan. 11th, Beijing Bicycle (2001) Chinese.
Jan. 4th, Such a Long Journey (1998) dir. Gunnarsson, Indian.
Dec. 21st, None.
Dec. 14th, Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Coen Brothers.
Dec. 7th, No Man's Land (2001) Bosnia.
Nov. 30th, Un Air de Famille. (1996) French dysfunctional family.
Nov. 23rd, Strictly Ballroom (1980), Dir. Baz Luhrmann.
Nov. 16th, Royal Tannenbaums, (2001) got bored, didn't finish.
Nov. 15th, Friday, Panic (2000),
Nov. 9th, Monsoon Wedding (2001),
Nov. 2nd, None, Owen's 1st birthday party.
Oct. 26th, None,
Oct. 19th, The Lathe of Heaven (1980),
Oct. 17th, a Thurs., Novocaine (2001),
Oct. 6th, American Beauty (1999),
Oct. 5th, Copenhagen (2002), the play on Ch 2,
Sept. 28th, In the Bedroom (2001),
September 21st, Pixote: A Lei do Mais (1981), Brazilian,
September 18th, a Wednesday, Matewan (1987), dir. John Sayles,
September 14th, The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999), Helen Mirren very convincing as Ayn,
September 7th Gosford Park (2001),
August 31st There's Something about Mary (1998),
August 24th Moby Dick (1956), dir. John Huston,
August 17th, None, To Lenox, Shakespeare and Co.
August 10th, None, Katrina's wedding.
August 3rd, None,
July 27th Mulholland Drive (2001),
July 20th, A Beautiful Mind (2001),
July 13th, Waking Life (2001),
July 6th, Best in Show (2000),
July 5th, Dr T and the Women (2000),
June 29th, Une Liaison Pornographique (An Affair of Love )(1999),
June 23rd, Mona Lisa (1986),
June 15th, Thirteen Days (2000), dir. Roger Donaldson,
June 8th, Dreamlife of Angels,
May 25th and June 1st, none,
May 18th, Mother,
May 11th, Say Anything,
May 4th, Nixon (1995), dir. Oliver Stone, with Anthony Hopkins,
April 20th and April 27th, none,
April 13th, Croupier (1998),
April 6th, Mississippi Burning (1988),
March 30th, Almost Famous (2000),
March 24th, Into the Arms of Strangers (2000),
March 16th, none,
March 9th, Butterfly (1999), Spanish,
March 2nd, Ma Saison Preferee (1993),
February 23rd, Quills (2000),
Febuary 16th, Flirting with Disaster,
Febuary 9th, The Graduate,
Febuary 2nd, Pollock,
January 26th, StartUp.com,
January 19th, Memento,
January 12th, Blood Simple.
December 31st, We saw My Fair Lady, 1964 170 minutes, on New Year's Eve. Simply the best -music, wit (Shaw's), lyrics, cast. IMDb rating 7.8.
December 29th, Out of Sight 1998 123 minutes, Crime/comedy starring Clooney and Lopez. IMDb rating 7.0.
December 22nd, Pygmalion 1938 89 minutes IMDb rating 7.9. Shaw's classic starring Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard
December 15th, House of Mirth 2000 140 minutes IMDb rating 6.9. Edith Wharton's tragedy of 'the raging emotions, the cruel unfairness and the desperation that are masked by' Victorian manners.
December 8th, You can Count on Me (2000) 111 min IMDb rating 7.6. Struggling single mother and her estranged brother. Excellent
December 1st, State and Main 2000 105 minutes, IMDb rating 6.7. Smart Mamet comedy starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and William H. Macy. "Profanely hilarious".
November 24th, Night of the Hunter 1955 93 minutes, classic noir thriller. Religious fanatic Robert Mitchum threatens widow's children. IMDb rating 8.2.
November 21st, What's Cooking? 2000 109 Great Thanksgiving eve film - ethnic L.A., IMdb rating 6.8.
November 17th, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) 90 minutes, IMDb rating 7.5. Almodóvar black comedy.
November 10th, The Luzhin Defense (2001) 109 minutes, IMDb rating 6.8. Eccentric chess-player falls in love with a strong-willed society beauty. From Nabokov's story. Starring John Turturro and Emily Watson.
November 3rd, Amores Perros (2000) 154 minutes, IMDb rating 8.1. Mexican thriller "Love's a bitch'. A car accident in Mexico City entwines three stories. Writer Guillermo Arriaga Jordan, sets out on an ambitious screenplay "to write a script that could convey the pain, confusion, sadness, joy, ruin and hope of life itself."
October 27th, Sunshine 1999 181 minutes, IMDb rating 7.3. The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century. Starring Ralph Fiennes & Rosemary Harris.
October 13th, Cast Away 2000 143 minutes, IMDb rating 7.6. Adventure drama starring Tom Hanks on a desert island, trying to keep his sanity. Very good film.
October 6th, Down in the Delta 1998 112 minutes, IMDb rating 6.7. Inspirational family drama from Maya Angelou starring Alfre Woodard and Al Freeman, Jr.
September 22th, Girlfight (2000) 110 minutes, IMDb rating 6.7. Teenage girl trains as boxer without her father's knowing it. Must see.
September 15th, Alice (1988) 86 minutes, IMDb rating 7.3. Surrealist dark version of Alice in Wonderland by Czech director Jan Svankmajer. Fascinating.
September 8th, A Walk in the Clouds (1995) 102 minutes, IMDb rating 6.3. A pregnant young woman asks a stranger to pose as her husband as she returns to her father's grape harvest.
September 1st, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), 98 minutes, IMDb rating 7.2. Vignettes of his life and work.
August 25th, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) 120 minutes, IMDb rating 7.9. Gorgeous Chinese historical fantasy romance from Ang Lee.
August 11th, Only Angels Have Wings (1939) 121 minutes, IMDb rating 7.7. Pilots risking their lives in a South American trading port. Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, & Rita Hayworth (stunning in her first film).
August 4th, My Night at Maud's (1969) 105 minutes, IMDb rating 7.9, French. A young man visits divorcée Maud. Philosophical discussions in her bedroom follow that night. Directed by Eric Rohmer.
July 28th, Cinema Paradiso (1988) 155 minutes, IMDb rating 8.4. Italian boy loves the movies and befriends the projectionist.
July 21st, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) 106 minutes, IMDb rating 7.8. Coen brothers' comic Odyssey variant set in the 1930's deep south.
July 14th, none.
July 7th, none.
June 30th, Traffic 2000 147 minutes, IMDb rating 7.7. Soderbergh's Americanized version of the great British miniseries Traffik, starring Michael Douglas. The war on drugs.
June 23rd, none.
June 16th, Mighty Quinn (1989) 98 minutes, IMDb rating 6.0. Crime drama starring a young Denzel Washington as a Jamaican policeman.
June 9th, Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) 91 minutes, IMDb rating 7.7, French musical romance, a star-making role for 20-year-old Catherine Deneuve. An umbrella shop girl sleeps with her boyfriend on the eve of his military service...
June 2nd, Yi Yi (2000) 173 minutes, IMDb rating 7.8. A character study of a Taiwanese family's struggles with problems of modern life.
May 26th, A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) 115 minutes, IMDb rating 7.1. A Peter Greenaway comedy. Skip it.
May 19th, Deliverance (1972), 4 men take a canoe trip down a river, and things go very wrong. IMdB rating 7.8/10. Violent.
May 12th, Sacrifice [Offret] (2000) 145 minutes, Directed by Andrei Tarkovskiy in Sweden, his last. A man plants a tree on the verge of WW III. Slow. IMdB rating 7.9/10.
May 5th, Aviator's Wife (1981) Eric Rohmer film about a boy convinced his girl-friend is cheating on him, so - he starts to follow her... IMdB rating 7.4/10.
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