Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Quickies #3

Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006)*****


Typical Prime Suspect entry. In other words, fantastic. This one has an edge of sadness as Tennyson (Helen Mirren) reluctantly faces retirement, mortality and some most unpleasant facts about herself. Tough, gritty, exciting; the mystery will have you guessing right up to the end. A most fitting finale to this excellent series.

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As It Is in Heaven (2005)****


Charming Swedish romantic semi-comedy, a sort of Northern Exposure meets The Chorus. Big cheese orchestra conductor (Michael Nyqvist) returns to his one-horse home town to rest, but instead gets involved with the local church choir, and the lives of its singers. The ending is a bit over-the-top, but otherwise good acting and writing all around. I hope we see more of Frida Hallgren in the future.

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Happy, Texas (1999)**


Lord knows, the idea of a small Texas town fawning over a gay couple who can bring them beauty pageant glory is not only funny, but also highly believable. Yet this idea is squandered on poor execution. Happy, Texas is neither funny nor interesting, but it does manage to somehow bore and insult at the same time.

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Diana Krall: Live in Paris (2001)*****


Vancouver Island’s favorite daughter brings her silky smooth show to the French capital, complete with an all-star jazz combo and string section. Krall is renowned mainly for her sultry vocal stylings, but here she displays some righteous jazz piano chops as well. In all, an evening of romantic melodies and amazingly tasteful musicianship. It’s been said that Krall’s music all sounds the same. Yes and all diamonds sparkle.

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Quickies #3

Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006)*****


Typical Prime Suspect entry. In other words, fantastic. This one has an edge of sadness as Tennyson (Helen Mirren) reluctantly faces retirement, mortality and some most unpleasant facts about herself. Tough, gritty, exciting; the mystery will have you guessing right up to the end. A most fitting finale to this excellent series.

IMDB
Queue



As It Is in Heaven (2005)****


Charming Swedish romantic semi-comedy, a sort of Northern Exposure meets The Chorus. Big cheese orchestra conductor (Michael Nyqvist) returns to his one-horse home town to rest, but instead gets involved with the local church choir, and the lives of its singers. The ending is a bit over-the-top, but otherwise good acting and writing all around. I hope we see more of Frida Hallgren in the future.

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Queue



Happy, Texas (1999)**


Lord knows, the idea of a small Texas town fawning over a gay couple who can bring them beauty pageant glory is not only funny, but also highly believable. Yet this idea is squandered on poor execution. Happy, Texas is neither funny nor interesting, but it does manage to somehow bore and insult at the same time.

IMDB
Queue



Diana Krall: Live in Paris (2001)*****


Vancouver Island’s favorite daughter brings her silky smooth show to the French capital, complete with an all-star jazz combo and string section. Krall is renowned mainly for her sultry vocal stylings, but here she displays some righteous jazz piano chops as well. In all, an evening of romantic melodies and amazingly tasteful musicianship. It’s been said that Krall’s music all sounds the same. Yes and all diamonds sparkle.

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10 Years of The Savages

The Savages struck a vibrant chord with me when it was first released 10 years ago. It’s all about a pair of 40-ish siblings...