Monday, December 3, 2012

RECENTLY BEHELD: NOVEMBER 2012, PART 3


(2011)



Polish director Lech Majewski literally takes us into Pieter Bruegel's painting, "The Mill and the Cross." The effect is mostly stunning, but sometimes nothing more than an apparent green screen. It's hard to nail this one down, but it's surely the most noteworthy experimental art film since "Russian Ark." I felt transported into another world while sitting back and marveling at the details.

★★★★½

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Rabbit Hole
(2010)


Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart portray a suffering couple after the loss of their young son. The performances are showy and the film looks too pretty for its own good, but its a sometimes powerful and sometimes honest look at the grieving process and the time it takes. While I had some reservations I would recommend to all adults in a heartbeat.

★★★½
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(1987)


Watched this comedic classic for my first time on Thanksgiving, a film about a businessman (played by Steve Martin) who is desperately trying to get home for said holiday, infamously the busiest week for travel of the year). His efforts are continual accompanied and sometimes thwarted by a talkative travelling salesman (played by John Candy). The two make a fine couple. As much as Candy annoys Martin, and us, it is remarkable that the film can make us feel for his situation, sappy as it all is.

★★★½
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(2012)



Ang Lee's adaptation of the popular book proves some things are just meant for the cinema and yes, 3D. "Life of Pi" has some of my favorite moments of the year including a pitch-perfect second act. It's only troubled by awkward reiteration. This in an incredible story of survival, hope and faith; it probably won't change your beliefs, but it may change your mind about our technical advances in filmmaking.

★★★★½
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(1982)



An Aussie Western with a lousy romance that detracts from the beautiful landscape and the far more interesting storyline of two estranged brothers, both parts being played by the great Kirk Douglas. Not quite enough to recommend unless you're craving a different type of Western or exploring Australian cinema. It has not aged well at all.

★★½
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(2012)



Another fascinating doc from the makers of "Best Worst Movie," this one pokes around the town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and introduces us to three sets of home haunters (including the father-son duo above) who transform their yards and homes into walkthrough haunted houses each Halloween for trick-or-treaters. There's a fine line between passions and obsessions and some of these men have crossed. It's a lot of fun but the demands of real life are always knocking at a nearby door. It's currently streaming on Netflix Instant, watch it already!

★★★★
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(1988)



This quiet drama from Woody Allen really took me by surprise. Gena Rowlands stars as an author who can overhear the psychiatrist's work next door. She takes a particular interest in one of his pregnant patients while steering through the emotional marriage of her own life. There's the usual subject matter of infidelity present in all of Allen's work, but this one is particularly human in its approach.

★★★★

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