I LOVED Beginners, but I LOVE Plummer so much. I so hope he wins the Oscar. Am Woody fan, so I loved his movie, though I am not fond of Owen. Must see the others.
I think I'll be getting these as they appear at Netflix!!!
Great reviews as ever Naomi :) I do like the sound of Beginners and so I will certainly check that one out.
I am so sorry to hear about the death of Ian Abercrombie. The world loses another good one.
I had often found that the lesser known movies often shinned and I couldn't understand them being "ignored"...ah well this will never change.
It does seem Plummer has a great shot at the oscar. I read his memoirs not long ago and enjoyed the book .
Such brilliant film advice. Thank you Naomi. I have a weakness for Christopher Plummer and both the Paris film and the Ellen Burstyn one call out to me. Slowly I'll get there.
I just caught up with two films which gripped me although they are entirely different - 'The Piano' and 'The Hurt Locker.' I love it when they stay in your mind afterwards.
Thanks for the reviews. I'm adding all but the Woody Allen film to my Netflix. No Woody since he married his step-daughter, too creepy for me to consider funding his life style by patronizing his films. I'm adding the one you disliked as well, because I like all the actors and want to see if I have a different take on the film.
Oops, just saw Carnage is directed by Roman Polanski, boycott.
I love Ewan McGregor! I walked past him on a street in London once.
So many great films out at the moment or due to come out... I really should get to the cinema! :)
I hope you're well.
Firstly I want to tell Pat that I liked her post. The moment I turned on "The Hurt Locker" I was riveted. I knew by the end that it would win the Best Picure Oscar. I couldn't stop thinking about it, and 20 years after seeing "The Piano" I still think about it, Both terrific films.
"Midnight in Paris" is a gem. I post my thoughts on films on Facebook, and of all of the films I talked about, "Midnight in Paris" got the most comments. Across the boards everyone loved it.
On your last post I did not talk about Meryl. Boy was she good in that film. Her age makeup was outstanding. I truly feel that if the film had been better Meryl would win the Oscar this year.
Wonderful reviews Naomi and Another Happy Day jumped out at me as a must see.
I love your reviews and also the back stories you provide on the actors and directors. You link the degrees of separation so well.
I am so sorry you lost another friend. Perhaps he and Betty G are cutting a rug up there.
We saw Midnight in Paris when it came out. It showed all the monuments so well – the French Tourist Office should have paid for the film as it was good PR – I also liked the story. We went to the movies two days ago. We saw two films because of your reviews and a 3rd one because of another bloggy friend’s recommendation – three movies the same day! First we saw Hugo in 3D. We really liked it. It was Paris in the early 1900s and the story was lovely – the boy playing the part, as well as the little girl, were so very good. Then we saw The Artist. So original and the last bit – the dancing – was so well done. Jean Dujardin is terrific. The third movie we saw was The Descendants. I enjoyed that film a lot and the music was outstanding. Last year at this time we were in Hawaii and I wrote some posts about it afterwards – all three were excellent films and now I don’t know which one is my favorite, The Artist or the Descendants….
Great reviews as always, Naomi! These films are on my "to do" list. I must to awatch all them.
I am sorry to hear about the death of Ian Abercrombie.
Wishing you a pleasant weekend.
RIP Ian, very talented for sure.
by the way Naomi, I do like Marion Cotillard, she is a sweetheart
I see so few movies that your reviews are invaluable to me!
I am sorry to hear about Sweeti. Sorry its late for condolences.. He was your best friend and its hard. I have adopted another cat myself and Snowie doesnt like it one bit. She hisses everytime she sees him..
As always, thanks for your insight into these movies. Some I'll have to get when they come out on Netflix.
BTW, I always loved Ian Abercrombie. He's been the "leaven" in so many good productions over the years.
From all your reviews I'd like to see a "Better Life". It looks like my kind of film, and I do tend to prefer the same independent films like this.
What a shame about the film with Jodie Foster in it! I thought she ALWAYS made great films. I think I'll avoid that one then!
I'm sorry to hear about the death of Ian. I don't recognise him at all but I never watched Seinfeld.
Peaceful journey Ian
I was just thinking about Ben Gazzara who passed this week
I adore Plummer and I'm so happy to see him busy at this stage of his career
Beginners sounds wonderful and yes, I'll look into it.
My husband has "Bad Teacher" on our Netflix queue, but I just dropped it down a notch to put "Midnight in Paris" as #1 pick. lol Won't he be surprised??
Thank you for the wonderful reviews, amiguita. They're always so thorough but then you never give anything away.
Don't worry, as much as I like Jodie Foster, I'll skip on that last one! lol
Hugs and besos from Miami! xo
Beginners is another we nearly rented, but they only had it in Blu-Ray! I'm too low-tech! Midnight in Paris was my favorite movie of the year for the pure beauty and joy of it. Granted, I like Woody, but his recent films hadn't been my favorites. This takes me to the "Purple Rose" days, with a little magic -- but oh! Those Parisian scenes! I'm headed there in 70 days and know I'll watch this one again before we leave!
I'm writing some of these down. I love your reviews.
I just watched the fairly recent 'London' Woody Allen, which I quite enjoyed. It was still Woody Allen but he'd mixed in some of the London Brit style humour as well.
I'm sure I'll see the Paris one too and try to spot the typical characters he uses.
Funnily enough, I was talking to a friend about Carnage a couple of data ago, because it was also play in London and she reckoned it was more or less filmed like the play.
Some of the others you mention are still an aspect of UK sequencing, where they haven't been shown or only pop up for a few days, so I shall;l need to keep my eyes open!
RIP, Mr. Pitt.
Managed to see Carnage a few days ago... We are always behind you with movies except blockbusters.
I found that the script outpaced the acting and still made for an enjoyable 90 minutes.
I sort of agree that they might not be obvious couples "miscast" but the wordplay and the fumbled attempts at reconciliation between the parties was a 'gift' for whoever played it.
I therefore quite liked it, but I'll admit I was trading it more like a stage play than a movie and that the actors were 'actors' rather than 'stars'.
Hmm I think there were also some special effects (yes that one) which would be difficult in the stage play.
Just sayin' cos' its an interesting discussion.. :-)
Ian Abercrombie was Mr. Pitt on "Seinfield" ... that's the only thing I know him from.
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