It is always good to read reviews by someone who is in a position to know what they are talking about! I don't see many movies these days, but I will certainly take your advice when I do. Thanks, Naomi.
Yippy for more must-sees for me! Love your descriptions and the photos you include are perfect! I'm thinking yummy popcorn, a lovely cocktail and one of these movies for the night are in order! *Perfect* Thank you, lady! :)
I had a friend recommend Winters Bone to me, and its on my list. Unfortunately, the story resonates as the problems described in the movie, i.e. the plague of methamphetamine, are way too common around here. In some counties where I practice, meth cooking cases occupy two-thirds of the criminal docket with the attendant effects taking up drug, family and juvenile courts. It's really a shame and should give the "victimless crime" advocates something to think about.
Yet another fabulous movie report Naomi!!! just love them! I am happy to see that you see more good in them all then bad..I believe we think alike in that anyway..
also.. ohhh how i loved when John Huston would appear in a movie! HIs voice was one of "those voices" that you recognized immediately!
Now I MUST see Winter's Bone!
We absolutely love China Town and watch it whenever we run across it.
Inception was odd but you should have stayed to the end, because the end is the interesting part. We got a free copy after we saw it at the theater and while I haven't been in a hurry to see it again, I will watch it again. The real story is not about what they are doing, but about Leo DiCaprio's wife.
We just watched another Oscar/SAG movie today: The Kids Are All Right. You had said in the last post that the actresses were too big for the parts but I felt more that way about Mia Wasikowska because we saw Alice In Wonderland recently and there was Alice! But I really liked the movie.
Love reading your fabulous movie reviews, Naomi! You did a good serie of movies here!
I must see many of them....
Have a pleasant Sunday!
Thanks so much Naomi. I do trust your reviews. Some I all ready have on my list and have added Ghost Writer, Another Year and Winter's Bone. Thanks big time for saving me a couple wasted hours on Inception. I hate movies I can't follow.
We rented Inception and fell asleep 10 minutes in. It's rare that I can't plod through a film but I just didn't get it either.
I liked The Town too. Have you read the book? My sister said it was different than the movie and really good. I'm just a couple of chapters in and it is a good read.
So many films yet to see! Thank you for writing about them. Winter's Bone is rather bleak, but yes it's good to see this small film so well done, get attention. The documentary I worked on getting people to screenings is up for Best Doc as well. It's called Restrepo.
Chinatown will be watched by my unborn grandchildren- great art lasts.Its among a handful of moview that are worthy of wearing Depends to not miss a moment..
Pierce Brosnan is picky about his projects- didn't know about this film- will add it to the list.
You are the second person whose judgment I trust to seriously recommend Fair Game- so I will, even though I expect to have a higher skepticism about the film's truthfullness. One of the danger's of life (and politics) is to follow only evidence leading to expected conclusions. Having known a young man whose FBI file ended up in a previous first ladies private quarters- I have reached the point in believing that if we knew the whole truth of high level politics- its probably more like watching sausage being made than any reasonable person would be comfortable. As I expect Sean Penn would only make a movie critical of that particular administration- one way I will weigh the film's honesty with if it accurately portrays what turned out to be at the end of the day- a reporter's role.
The warning on Inception- THANK YOU in advance. Guarding my time becomes more precious with every sundown
You know how I feel about your movie reviews, so I will definitely check these out! I also have never seen "Rosemary's Baby" (believe it or not), so there's another one for Netfix.
I like Gwyneth Paltrow and had wanted to see Fair Game and missed it. Thanks for reminding me of it...and I'm more curious to watch it now after your review.
Hope all's been well with you, my friend. Miss our chats! xo
You know I'm so cross with myself because I started watching Winter's Bone on the plane and gave up with it, and I'm pissed off with myself for not sticking with it longer because it's had such good reviews. I'm gonna give it a second go when we travel again. :)
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Anyone that posts Chinatown as a must see is tops in my book. Jack N at his best. I had to watch Inception twice then lay down and try a third time. Weirdest movie of the year. The Town was simply awesome, i think most folks forget what a great storyteller Ben Affleck is..anyone from Southie can appreciate this one a must see ..great list of movies...zman sends
Thanks!!! I don't pay attention to movie reviews mostly but I have to agree with you on Ben Affleck as a director. Your reviews are right on!!!!!
Another great informative post.
Rebecca Hall is going great guns now and her father - Peter Hall, has to stand in line to get her in his stage productions.
I agree about Lesley Manville - she has been a successful TV actress for years and deserves a wider audience. Jim Broadbent is always good value and was terrific as the butler in Julian Fellowes' TV 'Downton Abbey' which I hope will cross the Atlantic. I shan't attempt to see 'Inception' but the one with Sean Penn and 'Winter's Bone' sound great.
Talking of Polanski one wonders if great artists are inevitably not very nice people. Does it go with the job description?
I've just been writing about my great treat. At last I've seen 'The King's Speech.' Caloo callay!
I'm chortling with joy!
I've put "The Town," "Another Year," "Fair Game," and "Winter's Bone" on my Netflix. Netflix will let you select "Another Year" even though it's not available for rental yet. As for the Roman Polansky film, he's on the same list with Woody Allen for me. I will not watch movies either of them makes. I do not want to knowningly put money in the pockets of men who rape or molest children. I believe Mia Farrow's story about the one child's underpants and Woody, especially after he married his step-daughter. That is a man who does not recognize certain boundaries.
Oh my more great reviews. I tried to watch Inception but just couldnt get into it at all. I comepletely switched off and it was so laborious to watch. but there are others I need to catch up with. Tahnk you for your reviews - I trust you and your tastes and you are making ti easy for me. You would be so good doing this for newspapers or magazines.
Its really interesting to read your reviews and you have some good 'insider' knowledge of the business too. I sometimes wonder if there needs to be a separate range of categories for the little films alongside the big ones?
I know sometimes a little one will break through, but its difficult when some of the biggies get so many nominations. I'm sure its partly about poster bragging rights 'nominated for 12 blahs' etc.
So I'm particularly interested in the smaller films you pick, which might have some challenge with screenings and marketing, but which could be considerably more original than the genre and franchise based movies.
I'm also with you on 'Inception' - I did watch it all but like you, I thought it lost its way. It was like a film that ran out of energy but piled on more layers of complexity..."What shall we do with all these snow scenes? - Chuck 'em in..."
Maybe someone will recut a better version.
And you'd expect me to root for Kings Speech, somewhat!
Love these reviews and I'll be putting these on our Netflix queue as soon as they become available. The Town we'll get, now.
John Hawkes is actually from our town (Alexandria, MN)...thought you might be interested in that. We've only lived here a dozen years, though, so I can't claim that I've ever met him. I first learned about him when The Perfect Storm came out.
Well, I guess you've just become our official movie reviewer! Perfect.
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