The Descendants- Dark Twisted Humour, My cup of tea
I knew nothing about the premise of the Descendants when I went to see it. I went because It got good reviews and George Clooney is in it- not in priority order. It took me a few minutes to realize that it was meant to be humorous even though there was a person in a coma from the outset. Once I did, I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. This is not for those seeking intellectual nourishment or those who think there is nothing funny about death - and life. I do and so did the cast of perfectly likeable characters on the screen. It is predictable but I didn't mind that either.
Yours for anything with George Clooney in it!
J. Edgar- The dullest Gay Guy Ever
Even Leonardo DiCaprio couldn't make J.Edgar Hoover interesting , let alone likeable. He remained an enigma to me at the end of the film and mostly I just didn't care what made him tick.The film was so bland that I didn't even feel outraged by all of the dirty tricks he pulls- barely indignant.
Leonardo DiCaprio acted very well and the make up and wardrobe were great but I sure hope he loses all that weight he gained for the part post haste.I f you have to see every Leonardo DiCaprio movie made or every movie with a closeted gay character ever made, go ahead. Otherwise you can do much better.
Yours with no patience for dull films.
Margin Call - A cautionary tale of our Times
Margin call is a realistic depiction of what probably took 24 hours before the latest crash in a brokerage firm. It is filled with great actors like Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore working for peanuts to tell this tale. The entire film was made for $3, a pittance in movie terms. It is told in a manner that allows even those of us who know nothing of the markets to see what is going on, if not exactly why. The film"s style reminded me of Mamet's Glengarry Glenross, which I always would have been better as a play. This would have made a great play but then it would not have reached the wide audience it has. Definitely worth seeing.
Martha Marcie May Marlene -Brilliant, Mesmerizing Manson-inspired film chills to the Bone
This is one of the best films of its genre I have seen. It is the story of a girl drawn into a cult but starts as she is leaving the cult and trying to reintegrate into society.
She returns to her sister and her sister's husband without telling them where she has been for the past two years. Her behaviour is bizarre but not surprising to those of us in the know. The directing is wonderful, moving back and forth from her time in the cult to present day. Elizabeth Olsen is amazing as the cult survivor and the supporting actors especially the cult crew and their leader is chilling and believable. The plot quietly but surely builds suspenseful to an enigmatic but nonetheless satisfying ending in my view. A must see.
Yours in Getting Ascared.
The Skin I Live In- Retro Almodavar , But Why ?
I love Pedro Alomodavar's films but this one is like a slick, trite revisiting of gender identity themes of early Almodavar. Unless you must see every Allmodavar film or every gender identity film or every film with Antonio Banderas or every Spanish language film every made or are having trouble sleeping, skip this one.
Yours in insomnia.
50/50- Hilarious, Poignant, Realistic Tale of Fighting a Life-threatening Illness
This was a hilarious romp through the land of hospitals, doctors visits , tubes and pills and needles that make up the fight for survival against cancer. It is realistic, utterly believable and an ode to life. People with HIV, hepatitis or any other serious disease will recognize some aprts of their lives in this film. It was much better than I thought it would be. Don't miss this uplifting but not sappy film.The acting is very good too.
Yours in thumbing our noses at death,
The Guard- Outrageous Romp in Smalltown Ireland.
Do not miss this side-splitting Irish film about a policeman in a small town in Ireland who has to work with his opposite number from the U.S,. Don Cheadle, to intercept a big drug deal.The local characters are riotous and realistic. The dialogue is side splitting. A great movie for the Holidays. Don't miss it.
Hugo- An hommage to early films dressed up as a child's tale
This 3D film is okay but not great. It starts out with promise as the tale of a homeless child getting by on his own. Then it gets all tangled up as a homage to early films with Ben Kingsley as an early filmmaker who has become disillusioned by life. The children help him find his joie de vivre.
This film felt very been there-done that.I expected more of Scorses. Unless you need to see every Scorses film ever made, save your time and money.
Yours Feeling Bah-Humbug
Prince, the Artist Presently known as the King of Bling or Love your Hair ( and Butt) , Hope you Win
Prince is 53 but looks 23; he dances like its 1999 and does a 3 hour non stop show; he is so sexy he still doesn't put on underwear (my assessment) ; his voice is as strong and fluid as ever. One of the best live shows I have ever seen. Too bad if you missed it.
Yours gloating and fantasizing.
Chagall and Avant-Garde Russian Artists Exhibit - Art Gallery of Ontario - Great Scene
This is a terrific collection of Chagall work. How did he stay so optimistic in his work with all those Russian pogroms going on around him ? Oh yes, now I remember, he went to France. The other artists in the show are also amazing and there is even a woman artist. How good of her husband to let the little lady paint to wile away her leisure hours between cooking, cleaning and changing diapers. Wonderful show. Went twice and definitely worth it.
Yours in Haute Couture - I mean haute culture
Grace Kelly Exhibit - Toronto International Film Festival Building
Clothes, jewels, her wedding dress - very nice little exhibit. The most amazing fact I learned was that Grace Kelly was one of those rare women in which the clothes did not make the woman but the woman made the clothes.Some of the outfits on display look like ugly housefrau dresses and beside them are pictures of her in those dresses and they come alive. How does she do this ? Oh yes, may it's that's thimble-like waist and spectacular beauty.
Yours in love her and hate her.
Red - A Play-Goers Play at Canstage
Plays rely on two things - great dialogue and great acting- okay three , minimalist sets. So sayeth the Dame. This play had exactly that chemistry. Written by Josh Logan and directed by Kim Collier, it was an absolute delight. It is ostensibly about Mark Rothko the abstract impressionist artist who was also treated as second fiddle to Jackson Pollock. In the dialogue between Rothko and his assistant we cover the gamit of the history and theories of art, the meaning of living in the here and now and an ode to change and the ability to know when pass te torch without feeling a failure, a has been. Somethings about which everyone thinks including the great dwone, if you see it that way, death,I strongly recommend if you like pure, unadorned, intelligent thetare.
Yours in haute culture
Dame Velveeta Peron