Articles tagged with: Louise Binder

Fair Game – Reminder of Why U.S. Voted in Obama & RED - Mindless Fun

published: November, 08, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

If anyone has forgotten why the U.S. finally voted out the Republicans, this is a good reminder.

I loved Fair Play. It is the true story of the ex-CIA agent the Bush administration outed because her husband outed Bush’s lies about weapons of mass destruction to justify his war on Iraq. To ensure realism, the director used quite a few pieces of real footage from Bush’s and others’ speeches during that time. He also played it very low key with credible dialogue. Sean Penn and Naomi Watts are thoroughly believable in the starring roles, as is Sam Shepard as her father. If anyone has fo

Conviction – Great Story, Well Told, Well Acted and Directed = Total Film Experience Satisfaction

published: October, 18, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

Finally, a film that delivers in every department. This is a riveting and heartwarming true story, artfully told, with excellent, faultless use of flashbacks.

Well done Tony Goldwyn, for this excellent direction. The cast is marvelous. Both Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis should be given a best supporting actress nod for their roles. Hilary Swank is well cast in the only role at which she excels, poor white trash makes good and Sam Rockwell , playing her ne’er do well brother, matches her performance beautifully. The dialogue is believable throughout. The girl talk is just the way I chat with my galfriends, funny, sassy and irreverent. (Can you b

Amazing One man Art Show at the ROM -Hereafter – Why did Eastwood make this film?

published: October, 17, 2010 Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment

There weren’t too many people in the film, but those that were seemed fairly young, either Matt Damon or Clint Eastwood fans I guess. I am both.

Hereafter – Why did Eastwood make this film? I saw Hereafter yesterday at a 6:10 show. There weren’t too many people in the film, but those that were seemed fairly young, either Matt Damon or Clint Eastwood fans I guess. I am both. Yet I was at a loss to figure out where this film was going; what genre it was meant to be. I expected a film that was frightening, about ghosts coming back to haunt people or a “meaning of life “ theme. Instead the film just meandered around a bit of everyt

You will meet a tall dark stranger -Woody (aka Wooden) Allen’s New movie

published: October, 15, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

My shortest movie review ever! "You will meet a tall dark stranger" trailer included.

When did Woody Allen stop being funny and become just plain maudlin ? This new film is so bad that I saw it this afternoon and have forgotten it already. Which is what you should do, forget it. ,,,,,,Dame Velveeta Peron

Trigger- Good Canadian Movie, Or Now I Have to eat my words

published: October, 03, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I went to see Trigger last night, the new Bruce McDonald offering. Already, my friends reading this are aghast, since they never ask me to go to Canadian movies.

My stock answer is “Good” “Canadian” and “movies” in the same sentence is an oxymoron. Yes, including Egoyan and Cronenberg. Trigger was good. It was a quiet, thoughtful story of two people, in this case women friends, who had been through hell together, parted, and reunited ten years later. Molly Parker, of unknown sexual orientation in the film, and the late Tracey Wright of the lesbian persuasion,(she could have persuaded me ), are pitch perfect. There is no female hysteria, “

Ben Affleck Really Goes to Town

published: September, 29, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

In “The Town”Ben Affleck has written a modern mix of “On the Waterfront” and a down scale “ Thomas Crown Affair.”.There is so much to like about this movie.

Well, like Ben Affleck, for instance. He is a real cutie patutie and he can act. He is so comfortable on home turf, down and out Boston, and he does effortlessly. The story is realistic even if the love story is a bit of a stretch. We really want to go with it so let’s not quibble about small details. The acting is believable; the story never lags. You won’t learn the meaning of life while watching this (the answer is great sex, good food, laughing with friends, shoes and cats) but you wi

Hurrah for Easy A- Thanks President Obama

published: September, 24, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

Although I know I am not the market, I keep up on films that are popular with women in a younger age demographic.( Translation: I’m too old for this movie about virginity and first loves but some of my friends aren’t.)

I loved Easy A. It is so post-Obama. It talked about gay stigma and how it is not okay; condoms and how they are okay ( teachers even give them out ); about the silliness of the right wing religious agenda. It teaches that being unique, “different”, individualistic is great. I liked not only the youth in the film but also the adults who are portrayed as less than perfect role models but not as cartoons either. Adults are people too- imagine. It was funny, sharp, fast moving, full of bright

The Clockmaker really ticks – Time well spent

published: September, 24, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre

I went to my first play of my season’s tickets at Tarragon Theatre last night. What a great start. The clockmaker was so well acted and written that the 90 minutes, no intermission, went by in a minute( excuse the pun)

I went to my first play of my season’s tickets at Tarragon Theatre last night. What a great start. The clockmaker was so well acted and written that the 90 minutes, no intermission, went by in a minute( excuse the pun). I was riveted to see what was going to happen next. This is not a simple linear story but is a surreal series of vignettes that build not so much a story but a sense about the complexity of human relations and our relationship to the time and space around us. I understood th

Review The Last Exorcism – Less exciting or scary than the last circumcision I attended

published: September, 13, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

This movie is of the Blair witch project genre-cheap, cheesy , deeply “unscary “ and predictable. I saw more blood at the last circumcision I attended

..and more eyes covered in fear. I saw more tears during the last hay fever season. Why can’t they make great scary movies like The Exorcist anymore? I loved Paranormal Activities until I found out it was a hoax. Hate when that happens but it was still better than this clunker. Stay away for fear of dying of boredom. Back in civilization, Dame Velveeta Peron

Summer Video Rental Review: Flags of Our Fathers

published: August, 29, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

Still out in the wilds of Kenora. No further wild life spotted. Painted toenails blue to pass the time in desperation, I watched "Flags of Our Fathers" by Clint Eastwood

Dear Readers,Still out in the wilds of Kenora.  No further wild life spotted.  Painted toenails blue to pass the time in desperation, I watched "Flags of Our Fathers" by Clint Eastwood.  Compared to "Saving Private Ryan" this is a gem at least there is some semblance of reality to it.  I also like the fact that Eastwood did not sugarcoat the racism against the "Indian" in the film he also was honest about the willingness of the Americans to use any emotional  (triggers

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