Posts Tagged: Film Review

Feb 06
The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post, it’s that you MUST watch the film version of The Silver Linings Playbook, staring Bradley Copper and Jennifer Lawrence.  I saw it in the theater, even though I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy a film focused on mental illness.  But it was fantastic, and it was funnier than I could have expected.  Lawrence and Cooper were both nominated for Oscars (Lawrence won), and they… Read more »


Jan 15
Film Review: Her starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson

Film Review: Her starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson

“I can’t believe I’m having this conversation with my computer.”  Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) in Her. Her sounded so strange to me.  A guy falls in love with his operating system?  How would a romance like that even work?  And how would it be portrayed on film?  I’ve had my share of conversations with Siri, but I can assure you they never became romantic.  (WHEW!  Don’t you feel better now?) In Her, set in the near future, intelligent operating systems are… Read more »


Jan 09
Film Review: Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg

Film Review: Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg

With a title of “Lone Survivor,” the outcome of this film depicting an actual 2005 SEAL mission in Afghanistan isn’t in question.  The lone survivor is Marcus Luttrell, and the film is based on his book of the same title.  The four SEALs (played by Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch)  are briefly introduced amid some moments of camaraderie and levity with the rest of their unit before they are given their task: capture or… Read more »


Feb 17
Movie Musings – Amour

Movie Musings – Amour

Amour Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant Directed by: Michael Haneke Rated PG-13 Released December 19, 2012 Purchase on Amazon Rotten Tomatoes Synopsis: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested. My Take: “Amour” opens with the police discovery of the decomposed body of an elderly French woman in her bed, surrounded by flower… Read more »


Feb 08
Movie Musings – The Impossible

Movie Musings – The Impossible

The Impossible Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona Rated PG-13 Released December 21, 2012 Purchase on Amazon Rotten Tomatoes Synopsis: Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in… Read more »