Friday, April 24, 2015

R.I.P Richard Corliss

Time magazine film critic Richard Corliss has passed away at the age of 71. He devoted his life to the discussion and advancement of films and filmmakers. Corliss won a permanent place in my heart in 2007, when he named Weerasathakul's weird and wonderful Syndromes and a Century as that year's best film, topping such popular hits as No Country for Old Men and There will be Blood.  That took some guts. The magazine has published a lovely tribute.

Recently Viewed April 2015

Land Ho! (2014) ✭✭✭½

Enjoyable and amusing little road pic about two old pals (Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorne) who decide to spice up their dull retirement lives by leaving their homes in Kentucky for an impromptu trip to Iceland. There, the aging duo search for adventure and romance - or a reasonable facsimile - often with amusing results. Land Ho! won the John Cassavetes Trophy at this year's Independent Spirit Awards

Wadjda (2012) ✭✭✭✭
Fascinating immersion in Saudi culture and lifestyles. Amusing and infuriating at the same time. A must see for cultural anthropologists.

My Life in the Country (2013) ✭✭✭½

French TV romcom about two divorced women who pretend to be gay so they can purchase a farmhouse from a famous feminist writer. Sounds silly, and it is, but overall it's fun.