Monthly Archives: September 2011


Drive – 8

2011-09-17T09:15:56+00:00September 17th, 2011|Reviews|

A taut, tingling, stylish and supercool action thriller. The plot is a genre staple; how it is told makes the movie. Nicolas Winding Refn uses silences, and holds them, while the background drumbeat and technomusic push the suspense, and when violence erupts it is shocking - as in the sensation of an electric prod on [...]

The Help – 8

2011-09-06T15:57:47+00:00September 6th, 2011|Reviews|

A rare old-fashioned well-made film, with good guys, bad guys, a plot, fine acting, a bit of history, local color and a satisfying ending. This is sure-fire Oscar bait, although with so many deserving actresses - in order, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain - it's hard to know who will get [...]

The Names of Love – 5

2011-09-06T15:39:42+00:00September 6th, 2011|Reviews|

A bit of lightweight fluff, athough there may have been serious undercurrents lurking, as suggested more by the title in French, Les Noms des Gens, as in, what's in a name?, or who is really French? The biggest revelation may have been how unerotic full-frontal nudity of a beautiful woman could be, as Sara Forestier [...]