Monthly Archives: January 2012


J’Aime Regarder Les Filles – 6.5

2012-01-31T23:48:54+00:00January 31st, 2012|Film Festival|

A very French film about the working-class student who is madly in love with the rich beauty until he wakes up to/with the slightly less beautiful girl who has been vainly chasing him. What either girl sees in Primo is a total mystery unless they, like the director, see him as a reincarnation of Jean [...]

Darling Companion – 8

2012-01-31T23:41:03+00:00January 31st, 2012|Film Festival|

Kevin Kline is the best comedic actor of his generation, Diane Keaton is an unfailingly charming but a little ditsy comedienne, and together they anchor this hilarious but touching Big Chill-at-60 reprise by director Lawrence Kasdan. The plot is ostensibly about a lost dog, Freeway, but I needn't have worried: Freeway is lost for much [...]

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – 6

2012-01-31T23:30:52+00:00January 31st, 2012|Reviews|

A rather mystifying, unneeded retelling of the classic John le Carre/Alec Guinness spy story. The main characters are represented by chess pieces, and that's about how much they come to life. Gary Oldman is widely praised for his Smiley, but his expression changed only on the few occasions his ex-wife was mentioned. I found it [...]

The Artist – 5

2012-01-14T22:34:06+00:00January 14th, 2012|Reviews|

Like War Horse, this was an hommage to an era of movies past, and, also like War Horse, for me it was devoid of originality or emotional involvement. Unlike the Spielberg film, which actively annoyed me, this one merely left me cold. Featuring a lead character who was vain, proud, mean to his wife and [...]

Girl With a Dragon Tattoo

2012-01-14T22:19:15+00:00January 14th, 2012|Reviews|

I can't think of a book whose plot I remember so well as Girl, which made this relatively faithful adaptation more a checklist for me than a separate cinema experience. I had no objections to the presentation, although neither Daniel Craig nor Rooney Mara matched my imagination; but I have to wonder what someone who [...]

War Horse – 2

2012-01-04T21:48:28+00:00January 4th, 2012|Reviews|

This is the worst movie I've ever seen - at least for this year. Attempting an homage to "sincere" movies of the '40s and '50s, Steven Spielberg came up with an epic that was not merely corny, but phony. Every scene was absurd, every character a cliche: the dastardly landlord, the dissolute father, the long-suffering [...]