Friday, December 19, 2014

$ellebrity

This documentary about the advent of paparazzi is rich in information & context. Informative & well done. 4/5

$ellebirty on Netflix

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Into the Storm

This is just a modern version of "Twister" with incredible effects, just don't think about the lost cameras. 4/5

Into the Storm on Netflix

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Promise

I didn't see the last third of this period drama coming which was a plus, but otherwise it was rather neatly done 3/5

The Promise on Netflix

Monday, December 15, 2014

Are You Here

Matthew Weiner's first film is a complex drama with a phenomenal performance from Galifianakis. Compelling. 4/5

Are You Here on Netflix

Friday, December 12, 2014

Good People

The acting was wooden & the plot totally transparent in this lackluster thriller - Franco & Hudson were just bad. 2/5

Good People on Netflix

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

What a brave & unflinching look at the twilight years of a true legend! Rest in peace Elaine. 4/5

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me on Netflix

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Welcome to the Punch

McAvoy is making great film choices lately and this smart & stylish suspense thriller is no exception. 3.5/5

Welcome to the Punch on Netflix

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Enter the Void

Let me be clear at the start - I am a fan of Gaspar Noe. I loved "I Stand Alone" and found it groundbreaking. I adored "Irreversible" and think it was a game-changer for modern cinema. And yes, I felt ill during parts of "Irreversible" but understood that to be a function of the film. The content is so disturbing that it's only right that you should feel physically ill while watching it, and so I appreciated the camerawork in it, knowing it's purpose. But here, in "Enter the Void", the cinematography is so motion-sickness inducing with the lurching camera and the near constant strobing that I found it impossible to finish. I made it - just barely mind you - to about the 90 minute mark before I had to give up. And what's worse is that, editing aside, because boy does it need some, I was captivated by it. I really wanted to see where it went, which is the only reason I didn't turn it off a half hour in. I've waited a long time to watch this film and I'm sad that I will never finish it. Such a shame. 2/5

Enter the Void on Netflix

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tammy

I'm not a big Melissa McCarthy fan but she was wonderful in this funny, dark & witty comedy - better than expected. 4/5

Tammy on Netflix

Friday, December 5, 2014

Serving Life

This poignant documentary is heartbreaking at times & gives a raw and unfiltered look at dying. Very moving. 4.5/5

Serving Life on Netflix

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Trap for Cinderella

I really liked this smart & stylish thriller and didn't guess a thing until the end. Well plotted. 4/5

Trap for Cinderella on Netflix

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Authors Anonymous

This was a cute movie with good acting but the lack of directorial consistency was annoying as hell. 3/5

Authors Anonymous on Netflix

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monster Thursday

This Norwegian drama about love was a bit too subtle for me - I missed the larger allegory it was going for. 3/5

Monster Thursday on Netflix

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Headhunters

This Norwegian thriller is just spectacular. The plot is perfect & impossible to predict & the acting superb. 5/5

Headhunters on Netflix