Sunday, May 31, 2015

'The Visitor' (2011)



This is a beautiful, touching film about a widower who discovers that 'illegal immigrants' are squatting in his city apartment after leaving it empty for a long time. I loved this film especially when the professor learns the drums. Highly recommended. 

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Paul



Simon Pegg twice in one month! This time with his buddy Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). I enjoyed Paul so much I watched it twice. It was hilarious and silly and clever. It was a road trip film and one of several I've seen lately set in a motor home. I wonder if  these films are sponsored by that industry, pretty good product placement.

I recommend it for a good laugh. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hector and the Search For Happiness (2014)


Hector's a bit discontented and restless so he burns his bridges and heads of to find happiness. Great story and lots of laughs and insights.

When I see Simon Pegg in the list of actors I expect to laugh. He's a funny man.

Here's a link to Hector's list of Happiness. http://www.jocaonstuff.com/2011/01/hectors-list-of-happiness/

I loved this film.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chef




Chef (2014) was a great film about food, critics, pop up shops and social media. It was also a beautiful story of a father reconnecting with his teenage son. I enjoyed the characters as well as the delicious local food handled well by a chef who knew his business.

 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Leaves of Grass



This film was funny and dark. I enjoyed it.


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Second Hand Wedding


'Second Hand Wedding' is a New Zealand film. It gets off to a pretty rocky start and as one of the comments I read said, "The irony here as you begin to watch Second-Hand Wedding is that you feel as if you are watching a second-hand copy!! ". Stick with it though - it is full of treasures. The story is beautiful. I went to see it in the Stratford theatre for International Women's Day this week. The film shows a range of relationships and experiences and I would highly recommend it. Lots of laughs and a few tears. Margaret and David reviewed it here - At The Movies: Second Hand Wedding

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Broken Hill


This film is set in outback Australia. It's about music, crossing the threshold into adulthood and redemption. I loved it.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Sapphires

I finally watched this film this week. It's very good. Based on a true story about a group of Australian girls who toured Vietnam to entertain the troops. The relationships and family scenes are gold. The music is wonderful. I highly recommend this. Others do too, it won awards.

I was kind of amused (because I've never been thrilled  with how the US treats Australian film), but mostly offended at this article: The Age: Furore over 'sexist, racist' Sapphires DVD cover for US release. How can they get it so wrong?

 

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Still fabulous even the second time around. I went to see it last year and blogged about it a couple of times on my other blog. Solid gold actors, gentle challenges humorously handled. Love it!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Reading June 2013

Open Culture: Beatles perform spoof of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Mental

Love! Love! Love! This film is a must see for a great belly laugh. The women I went with don't want to go to the movies with me again cause I laughed too loud. There were so many hilarious moments. If you love the soundtrack from 'The Sound of Music', 'Muriel's Wedding' or Toni Collette, this is for you. Don't miss it. I als 

The Burning Man

I love Australian Film. The Burning Man is set in Sydney and is about a chef. It took me a little while to follow the plot as it moved about between present and past. I liked it though. It all made sense in the end and there were some great Aussie actors in it, such as Rachel Griffiths, a favourite of mine.

It is a story about love, loss and grief. The protagonist is a chef and there was some reality there. It is a beautiful film in lots of ways and I enjoyed it.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Intouchables

The Intouchables is one of the funniest films I've seen in a long time. It's irreverent and uplifting and I highly recommend it. The version I watched is French with English subtitles and it was worth putting aside all distractions to watch and enjoy. This film is my favourite so far this year.