Posted: 12/28/2011 - 14 comment(s)
This film is making a lot of the years 10 best lists so we decided to catch it last night. george clooney stars as the father in a broken family with a wife who is on life support. it's directed by alexander payne of "sideways" fame. personally, i found it a tad too long and would of benefitted with a few cuts. clooney does his usually fine job and the supporting cast is interesting with some comedic talents such as matthew lillard, judy greer, and mary birdsong of reno 911 doing well in small dramatic turns. i think...
Posted: 12/21/2011 - 10 comment(s)
i wondered if i would like this because i was a big fan of the 1979 BBC mini series which starred sir alec guiness. i certainly was pleasantly surprised. gary oldman is superb as master spy george smiley who is brought out of retirement to search for a soviet mole in british intelligence. he's supported by three generations of wonderful british actors who effortlessly deliver solid performances. the direction and cinematography are dark, fitting the story line. this is a "don't miss" film for the holiday season.
Posted: 12/13/2011 - 8 comment(s)
caught this one on a free pass from saveland. it's interesting because it's silent and shot totally in black and white. jean dujardin, who starred in the french spy  comedies OSS-17 plays a silent movie actor who refuses to make the transition to talkies. the plot may be a bit predictable, but the direction by michel hazanavicius is top notch and the cinematography is just beautiful.  it won some big prizes on the festival circuit and in considered to have a shot to be best picture of the year.  i was ...
Posted: 12/6/2011 - 10 comment(s)
i saw this one yesterday evening and it's a interesting story about a brother and sister in emotional decline. micheal fassbender plays a manhattan sex addict, brandon, whose life is upset by the arrival of his sister, sissy, played by cary mulligan. It won't be to everyones taste, especially if you are offended by explicit sex and foul language.  i thought the acting was good and it's well paced by up and coming brit director steve mcqueen. 
Posted: 11/29/2011 - 27 comment(s)
saw this one today, as i was "rained out" and work was cancelled. i was thouroughly entertained and impressed by all the key performances. michelle williams, eddie redmayne & kenneth branagh are backed up by a superb supporting cast of familiar faces. as someone who works a lot in the industry, i was impressed by the scenes that took place on a film set.  this is one i highly recommend if you are a fan of fine acting