Monthly Archives: July 2009


Seraphine – 3

2009-07-29T14:32:26+00:00July 29th, 2009|Reviews|

I had never heard of the “naïve” artist Seraphine de Senlis, but discovering at movie’s end that she was a real person explained in large part why this film was so dramatically inert. To take but one example, Wilhelm Uhde had to flee Senlis at the outset of World War I because that actually happened, [...]

The Hurt Locker – 8.5

2009-07-20T18:40:35+00:00July 20th, 2009|Reviews|

Powerful and suspenseful, beautifully directed and acted. Together with Dexter Filkins’ amazing The Forever War, which I’m currently reading, this gives a picture of the war in Iraq that makes you wonder, over and over, what are we doing there? Who is the enemy we are fighting? It could be anyone – the man with [...]

Whatever Works – 8

2009-07-20T18:39:37+00:00July 20th, 2009|Reviews|

It’s funny how a movie that starts with such an extraordinarily mundane, realistic view of New York City, not to mention such a depressing view of the human condition, ends up in a total fantasy – everybody happy, everybody fulfilled, and everybody together on that most depressing night of all, New Year’s Eve. But that’s [...]

Cheri – 5

2009-07-05T15:28:48+00:00July 5th, 2009|Reviews|

A must for lovers of Art Nouveau – dec arts and fashion – optional for the rest, this apparent synthesis of two Belle Epoque novels by Collette defines “longueur”  (languor?) in the person of the title character, played by sole-eyed Rupert Friend. Now, if Michelle Pfeiffer were French, or even sounded, like the estimable Kathy [...]

The Hangover – 6.5

2009-07-01T11:12:21+00:00July 1st, 2009|Reviews|

As a collection of gags, it had its high points and low points, and the best high points were pretty low, as well.  Most of the art, if it can be so called, devolved from the mixing of the different personality types. In its favor, you didn’t have to wonder how these three, or four [...]