Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quickies for February 2013 Part 1


A Burning Hot Summer (2011) ✭✭✭



This is a Philippe Garrel film. It’s French, French, Lord Have Mercy French. All about jealously, betrayal, adultery and existential malaise. Unpasteurized camembert oozes from its sprocket holes. Pampered, privileged folks who have life by the testicules go around creating their own unnecessary personal misery. Monica Bellucci gets naked, but it’s in service to artistry. Or perhaps it’s its own sort of artistry. At any rate I’m not complaining. More coq au vin anyone?





Goodbye First Love (2011) ✭✭✭✭



All about the abiding influence of first love, and how we never quite get over it. Lola Créton --who would have made a superb protagonist for Eric Rohmer-- is quite good as a young woman who ventures on despite being unceremoniously dumped by the love of her life. When he suddenly reappears several years later, the film, like Créton, throws cool-headedness to the wind. Director Mia Hansen-Love is quietly building an impressive portfolio of well-made films that deal with strong emotions, but she wisely focuses on the practical rather than pathos.





Ruby Sparks (2012) ✭✭1/2



The follow-up from the team that brought you Little Miss Sunshine and somehow it took them six years to come up with this drivel. Uninspired, unoriginal and too cute for its own good. If Paul Dano gets any more precious I really don’t know what we’re going to do.




The Well Digger’s Daughter (2011) ✭✭✭✭




Four stars is probably pushing it a touch, but fans of Daniel Auteuil and sunny provencal vistas will enjoy this simple morality play set in the early days of WWI. Nothing new or inventive here, but a well executed rural drama, laced with sentiment and elements of class struggle. If you liked Jean de Florette or My Mother’s Castle, you’ll find this a pleasant and enjoyable diversion.




Quickies for February 2013 Part 1


A Burning Hot Summer (2011) ✭✭✭



This is a Philippe Garrel film. It’s French, French, Lord Have Mercy French. All about jealously, betrayal, adultery and existential malaise. Unpasteurized camembert oozes from its sprocket holes. Pampered, privileged folks who have life by the testicules go around creating their own unnecessary personal misery. Monica Bellucci gets naked, but it’s in service to artistry. Or perhaps it’s its own sort of artistry. At any rate I’m not complaining. More coq au vin anyone?





Goodbye First Love (2011) ✭✭✭✭



All about the abiding influence of first love, and how we never quite get over it. Lola Créton --who would have made a superb protagonist for Eric Rohmer-- is quite good as a young woman who ventures on despite being unceremoniously dumped by the love of her life. When he suddenly reappears several years later, the film, like Créton, throws cool-headedness to the wind. Director Mia Hansen-Love is quietly building an impressive portfolio of well-made films that deal with strong emotions, but she wisely focuses on the practical rather than pathos.





Ruby Sparks (2012) ✭✭1/2



The follow-up from the team that brought you Little Miss Sunshine and somehow it took them six years to come up with this drivel. Uninspired, unoriginal and too cute for its own good. If Paul Dano gets any more precious I really don’t know what we’re going to do.




The Well Digger’s Daughter (2011) ✭✭✭✭




Four stars is probably pushing it a touch, but fans of Daniel Auteuil and sunny provencal vistas will enjoy this simple morality play set in the early days of WWI. Nothing new or inventive here, but a well executed rural drama, laced with sentiment and elements of class struggle. If you liked Jean de Florette or My Mother’s Castle, you’ll find this a pleasant and enjoyable diversion.




Saturday, January 26, 2013

TCM for February 2013



February may be a short month, but TCM has compensated by cramming it full of classic goodness. Not many obscurities, but a lot of movie-lover essentials. Full schedule can be found HERE.

Below are a few of my picks. All times Eastern.


2/1


6:15 PM
The bandit king of Sherwood Forest leads his Merry Men in a battle against the corrupt Prince John.
C-102 mins, TV-G, CC

The Adventures of Robin Hood

2/2

8:00 PM

An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up.
BW-103 mins, TV-PG, CC,

4:00 AM
Three prospectors fight off bandits and each other after striking-it-rich in the Mexican mountains.
BW-126 mins, TV-PG, CC,
2/3

12:15 PM
A headstrong girl fights the strictures of the Catholic church in Europe and the Belgian Congo.
C-152 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format


3:00 PM
A naval officer longing for active duty clashes with his vainglorious captain.
C-121 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

2/4

1:00 PM

A husband and wife fight to conquer alcoholism.
BW-117 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


3:00 PM
Sexual repression drives a small-town Kansas girl mad during the roaring twenties.
C-124 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

10:00 PM
A free-spirited convict refuses to conform to chain-gang life.
C-126 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


12:15 AM
When mobsters kill the witness he was assigned to protect, a dedicated policeman investigates the case on his own.
C-114 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


2:15 AM
A group of aging cowboys look for one last score in a corrupt border town.
C-144 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format


2/5

12:30 AM
Two Devil's Island prisoners devote all of their time to hatching escape plans.
C-151 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format


3:30 AM
Three vacationing students set out to humiliate an insecure girl.
C-95 mins, TV-MA, CC,


2/6

10:00 AM

Vladimir Nabokov's racy classic focuses on an aging intellectual in love with a teenager.
BW-153 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

Lolita


2/7

7:45 AM

On his way to an awards ceremony, a distinguished professor thinks back on his loveless life.
BW-91 mins, TV-PG,


9:30 AM
A medieval knight seeks revenge when his daughter is murdered.
BW-89 mins, TV-14,


11:30 AM
A young boy's life changes the summer he moves in with relatives while his sick mother tries to recover.
C-101 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format

2/8

11:00 PM

Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
BW-129 mins, TV-G, CC,


2/10

4:00 AM
A man on the run joins an embattled film company run by a maniacal director.
C-131 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format

The Stunt Man

2/12

6:15 PM

A possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family.
BW-88 mins, TV-PG, CC,


8:00 PM
The investigation of a publishing tycoon's dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life.
BW-120 mins, TV-PG, CC,


10:15 PM
A U.S. agent recruits a German expatriate to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring in Brazil.
BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC,
2/14

12:00 AM

A young bride is terrorized by the memories of her husband's glamorous first wife.
BW-130 mins, TV-PG, CC,

2/16

12:00 AM
An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
C-136 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

2/17

1:30 AM

A photographer discovers a murder in the background of a candid photo.
C-111 mins, TV-MA, CC,


3:30 AM
A romantic English lass can't choose among three very different suitors.
C-171 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

2/18

5:00 AM
A traveling salesman's music-inspired dreams lead to tragedy.
C-108 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

Pennies From Heaven
2/19
4:00 PM

Two American journalists get more than they'd bargained for during an Indonesian revolution.
C-115 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


A flamboyant star throws a TV comedy show into chaos.
C-92 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

2/21

5:45 PM

An American reporter covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat.
BW-120 mins, TV-PG, CC,


8:00 PM
An insurance salesman gets seduced into plotting a client's death.
BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC,


10:00 PM
An ambitious young man wins an heiress's heart but has to cope with his former girlfriend's pregnancy.
BW-122 mins, TV-PG, CC,


12:15 AM

A British womanizer refuses to grow up until tragedy strikes.
C-114 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


2:15 AM
An American military officer discovers his superiors are planning a military coup.
BW-118 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


2/23

12:00 AM

Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.
C-125 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

The Caine Mutiny

2:30 AM
A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
C-96 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format


4:30 AM
Two shore patrolmen decide to show a prisoner a good time on his way to the brig.
C-104 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

2/24

8:00 PM

An unemployed actor masquerades as a woman to win a soap-opera role.
C-116 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format


10:15 PM
When his wife leaves him, an ad exec gets a crash course in parenting.
C-105 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format


12:15 AM
A doctor's experiments bring a group of comatose patients back to consciousness.
C-121 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format


2:30 AM
A young man arrested for drug smuggling fights to survive the horrors of a Turkish prison.
C-121 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format

2/25

5:30 PM

A blue-collar worker's encounter with a UFO leaves him a changed man.
C-135 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
A tough detective tries to clear a cartoon character charged with murder.
C-104 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

10:00 PM
An English teacher inspires his students to seize the day with sometimes disastrous results.
C-129 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

12:30 AM
In this true story, a military DJ in Vietnam risks his career to broadcast the truth.
C-121 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format

2:45 AM
An experienced pool shark coaches a young hothead on his way to the top.
C-120 mins, TV-MA, CC,

2/27

10:00 PM
A man's investigation of a friend's death uncovers corruption in post-World War II Vienna.
BW-104 mins, TV-14, CC,

2/28

8:00 PM
A recent college graduate has an affair with his neighbor's wife, then falls for their daughter.
C-106 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

10:00 PM
A Broadway producer decides to get rich by creating the biggest flop of his career.
C-90 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

The Producers


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