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Working Girl (01 10 08) - So 80s! I like 80s Harrison Ford; he's more fun and silly. I think this is one of the only things I've seen Melanie Griffth in. Odd. I really needed a girl power movie to inspire me since I can relate to the Tess McGill character somewhat. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (02 10 08) - This was a bit slow to get into, but there…

The two volume omnibus edition of Marjane Satrapi's graphic memoirs and Bildungsroman of growing up in Iran.  I actually did not know about the French edition until too late. As is the case sometimes, I regret not having found the original French version to read especially since I perpetually need to brush up my linguistic abilities. I did see the movie in French. Overall, I found this read immensely enjoyable and wonderful. I love it as much…

I saw the uncensored NC-17 version. I have not seen the 17 min of cut sex scenes which is apparently circulating around the internet.  First off, I adore Ang Lee's work. He is awesome at setting up a shot, and I think he may be my favourite Asian director ever. as he is able to reunite the East meets West. I like Wong Kar Wai too, but Lee has the ability to still capture me…

Juno (13 04 08) - As predicted, this movie is likable. Lots of Canadian actors too. I enjoyed all of the performances and the script did have a lot of heart. Sweet and enjoyable little flick. I am Legend (13 04 08) - Slow stuff, but people watch this for Will Smith. This is actually my first Will Smith movie in a long time. It's well shot, and I liked the dog as I usually…

My third Pedro Almodóvar film, and if I haven't said it before: I really like this guy's work. Auteurs are interesting and getting rarer. First off, the silent erotic movie scene is one of the weirdest things I have ever watched; it's pretty great how he put that in the film. As usual, it's well shot, well written, good soundtrack, and nice performances all around. Javier Cámara plays Beningo with such a soft intensity and…

First of all, La Doublure does not translate into The Valet. In the movie's context, doublure is French for  stand in or double, usually in theatre. Many of of Francis Veber's comedies have games of pretense in their plots involving a character named François Pignon. Previous well known Veber films of similar nature are Le Dîner de cons (The Dinner Game) and Le Placard (The Closet). I think the latter is still my favourite of…

My first Pedro Almodóvar film; I just didn't manage to watch any of his films until now. This Spanish drama has a great cast, strong script, good music, and wonderful direction. I love the overhead shots employed. The theme of death, and the strong focus on women is poignant and well executed. The twists are a bit predictable if you're an avid film watcher, but that does not mean the movie does not hold you…

Oh, how I've missed watching foreign films. I am seemingly fond of German films what with Goodbye, Lenin, Run Lola Run, and Wings of Desire to name a few films. I can admit that I am an Anglophile, a Francophile, but I often forget how much German art I love. Not only films, but I listen to classic and baroque music; Rainer Maria Rilke is one of my favourite poets. Brecht is referenced in this…

Things are slowly going to get busier from here on out so I have less time to do the things I like which include blogging so I've decided to rec books and movies I've seen previously, but not formally reviewed on this blog. I'm not going to write full reviews because t's usually been some time since I've read them. I am also going to aim to reccommend books and films that are relatively under…

Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) has everything under control: a successful military career, a beautiful wife (Connie Nielsen) and two daughters. His younger brother Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is a drifter living on the edge of the law. When Michael is sent to Afghanistan on a UN mission, the balance between the two brothers changes forever. Michael is presumed dead, and Sarah is comforted by Jannik who becomes more responsible and capable as a friend and uncle…