Thursday, December 29, 2011

Flypaper: Movie Review


A crime comedy that's unique and messy and nowhere near realistic.

There comes a time in every criminal's life when he has to make sacrifices. "Flypaper" takes place in a bank where two criminal groups have simultaneously arrived to rob the place. But this is not a crime drama; it's a dark comedy revolving around some very unlikely characters. Namely, Tripp (Patrick Dempsey), an autistic hero of sorts who is super-observant but unable to behave appropriately. 2011

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

Screenplay by: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Starring: Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Young Adult: Movie Review


An almost brilliant look at the world of a darkly troubled young adult.

“Young Adult” takes place in that thirty-something world where young college student ready to take over the world meets experienced cynic (see my review of “The Ides of March”). Both halves exist in troubled Mavis (Charlize Theron) and not sure what to do about it she sets her sights on her high school flame (Patrick Wilson) who is now married with a newborn.2011

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Screenplay by: Diablo Cody

Starring: Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt

Monday, December 19, 2011

Margin Call: Movie Review

The buying and selling of protagonists and antagonists in a profanely straight film.

Set during the recent financial crisis, “Margin Call” does something that most of these sobering dramas do not. It’s not about the characters reactions but their expected actions and takes place primarily in board rooms. A large number of rich and even richer guys work for a financial company that buys and sells. Buys and sells what is blurry, likely on purpose.2011

Directed by: J.C. Chandor

Screenplay by: J.C. Chandor

Starring: Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hugo: Movie Review


An orphan goes on an adventure, and we discover the magic of filmmaking.

“Hugo” has Martin Scorsese master the children’s adventure movie genre. Scorsese’s 2010 hit was “Shutter Island” where he mastered the suspense thriller by paying attention to every detail in the film. Here, the camera is in the walls of a 1930s train station in Paris where we see the inner workings of clocks, an automaton, and an orphan boy looking for a key. It’s also in 3D and is about the history of filmmaking.2011

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Screenplay by: John Logan

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz and Ben Kingsley

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Artist: Movie Review


The golden hue of black and white silence and old-school charm. 

“The Artist” is an artist’s film; a tribute to the golden age of movies. In 1927, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent film star at the height of success. When the studios turn their attention to talkies, George isn’t ready to make the transition. He continues to watch the world in black & white and listen in silence. 2011

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

Screenplay by: Michel Hazanavicius

Starring: Jean Dujardin

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Descendants: Movie Review


Scaling the Hawaiian country-side with tears and laughter.

"The Descendants" is set in Hawaii but Matt King (George Clooney) and his family are not on vacation. Far from it. King is actually in a line descended down from an old Hawaiian princess and has inherited a wealth of land. That's only the secondary plot. The primary plot is that his wife is in a coma and he has to learn how to be a parent to his two unruly daughters. Cue the laugh track.2011

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Screenplay by: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sarah's Key: Movie Review


The fascinating story of Sarah and the routine story of Julia.

"Sarah's Key" is Sarah's story. Sarah (Mélusine Mayance) is a young Jewish girl living in Paris in 1942. Her story is an interesting and heart-wrenching one. But Sarah's story isn't told by Sarah. Julia (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a modern-day American journalist, and we also get her story as she uncovers Sarah's story. Julia, unfortunately, doesn't have a particularly good story, at least not compared to Sarah's. She has to adapt to a new apartment in Paris and gets into a fight with her husband, the usual fodder for current dramas. 2011

Directed by: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Screenplay by: Gilles Paquet-Brenner and Serge Joncour
Based on the novel by Tatiana De Rosnay

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas and Mélusine Mayance

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Take Shelter: Movie Review


Shelter in the face of insanity versus reality.

Curtis (Michael Shannon) is having bad dreams and hallucinations. He’s likely just going crazy, but if he is in fact having visions of the future end of the world, then he might as well “Take Shelter”. With Curtis’s dreams turning into nightmares turning into a possible reality, he needs to keep himself safe and his wife (Jessica Chastain) and their young, deaf daughter.2011

Directed by: Jeff Nichols

Screenplay by: Jeff Nichols

Starring: Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Week with Marilyn: Movie Review


An affair with Marilyn Monroe, but who is she?

“My Week with Marilyn” is the week-long affair with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) for young film enthusiast Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne). It’s also a week from hell for great actor Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) as he tries to make a movie with Ms. Marilyn Monroe. It’s also a week-long glimpse into the beautiful / tragic life of the starlet-turned-starlet.

Directed by: Simon Curtis

Screenplay by: Adrian Hodges

Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh

Friday, November 25, 2011

Melancholia: Movie Review


Feelings of melancholia bursting through the brilliant colours of the Earth.
Justine (Kirsten Dunst) suffers from severe depression. Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) drives herself crazy with paranoia over fear of the end of the world. “Melancholia” just might prove to be the end of the world. This film just might prove to be an example of some of the best filmmaking in the world.2011

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Screenplay by: Lars von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Father of Invention: Movie Review


 Instead of a comedy about an inventor, we get a dramedy about a father.

“Father of Invention” stars Kevin Spacey as a fabricator, an infomercial king, who combines existing products into new ones. Problem is he was in jail, now he has lost his empire, and lost his family. The key word in the title is father. The entire film is him trying to reconnect with his daughter (Camilla Belle). 2010 (with 2011 DVD release)

Directed by: Trent Cooper

Screenplay by: Jonathan D. Krane and Trent Cooper

Starring: Kevin Spacey and Camilla Belle

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Like Crazy: Movie Review


A story of love, depending on what love really is.

Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) are in love with each like crazy. Hence the title, “Like Crazy”. They are in, or want to be in, a grown-up relationship — one where they act like adults and are just a part of each other’s lives. But they met each other at college and one stupid idea forces them to make grown-up decisions that will affect the rest of their lives quicker than they would have liked.2011

Directed by: Drake Doremus

Screenplay by: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones

Starring: Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin

Friday, November 18, 2011

Anonymous: Movie Review


Problematic theory, story and characters but worthy acting and end point.

“Anonymous” is a story that accounts the theory that William Shakespeare did not write all the works credited to William Shakespeare. Instead the true author is Edward, Earl of Oxford, a nobleman of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. It is known as the Oxfordian Theory. And it is a real theory; it’s just not a good one.2011

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Screenplay by: John Orloff

Starring: Rhys Ifans

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Terri: Movie Review


Alienated characters who alienate the audience.

The tagline for “Terri” is “We’ve all been there.” Yes, we have all felt alienated at some point in our lives. But unlike Terri, most of us do not pro-actively alienate ourselves. Terri is in high school and life is difficult for him because he’s weird, over-weight and just plain unlikable. We’re supposed to feel sympathy for him, but I never liked him. 2011

Directed by: Azazel Jacobs

Screenplay by: Patrick Dewitt

Starring: Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: Movie Review


Harold and Kumar make decorating a Christmas tree a wild and dangerous adventure.

I think part of the reason the first movie worked so well is because going to White Castle is, relatively, a very simple, ordinary trip. But when it’s Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) it becomes a very wild adventure. I didn’t enjoy the second one as much because escaping from Guantanamo Bay wouldn’t be an easy task for anybody. For this third movie, Harold and Kumar are back to turn a routine errand into a hazardous experience. Harold has to decorate a Christmas tree.2011

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Screenplay by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene: Movie Review


Martha, Marcy May, and Marlene all caught between truth, sanity and madness.

Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) is a character who has forgotten what it means to be normal. Marcy May is a character who has been taught to ignore social values and any definition of “normal.” Martha and Marcy May is the same person and that’s where the conflict lies. “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is a dramatic character study which edges towards psychological thriller.2011

Directed by: Sean Durkin

Screenplay by: Sean Durkin

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen

Friday, November 11, 2011

J. Edgar: Movie Review


Presenting a hero but not defining hero versus villain.

“J. Edgar” is worth the hype, the fuss and the wait. I was particularly intrigued by the prospect that it was directed by the older, masculine Clint Eastwood and written by the younger, out-and-proud Dustin Lance Black. I got the biographical story of the FBI leader and I also got the deeply-touching love story of a closeted gay man. Both were woven together seamlessly.2011

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Screenplay by: Dustin Lance Black

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer

The Skin I Live In: Movie Review


Into the mind of mysteriously disturbed individuals.

“The Skin I Live In” is the latest Spanish film from writer and director Pedro Almodóvar who once again explores issues of sexuality, rape, and extremely dysfunctional relationships. Set in the future, as in, next year, a scientist, Robert (Antonio Banderas), has invented the “perfect” skin. Presumably to help burn victims. But things get more mysterious, sinister and unnatural.2011

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

Screenplay by: Pedro Almodóvar

Starring: Antonio Banderas

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In Time: Movie Review


Time is money and the science fiction romance genre is money for Hollywood.

In the world of “In Time”, time is money. Literally. Set in a future where everybody ages until 25, then they have one year left to live, except that one year is currency. The rich can live at age 25 eternally and the poor don’t always have a chance to live. Time zones are classes of wealth and you can’t cross over without upsetting the order of the world. It’s quite possible that they have taken this time is money equation too far.2011

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Screenplay by: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried

Hesher: Movie Review


Clever and drifting coming-of-age story about mayhem.
In the language of Hesher, the film is about a young man, an old lady, a young dude and a middle-aged dude. Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the young man, although he’s really anything but. He’s a homeless, drifting hippie causing mayhem in lieu of a rock-and-roll career. I suppose the film can be referred to the exact same way. It’s a drifting piece about sex, drugs and mayhem in a coming-of-age story with no real home. 2010

Directed by: Spencer Susser

Screenplay by: Spencer Susser and David Michod

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Devin Brochu

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Contagion: Movie Review

Life and death as been done before but now with debates.

“Contagion” is the fight against a contagious disease. The fight against time, against the virus, and against fear. Humanity being threatened by a deadly illness is not new for cinema. But it is a better adventure than most. There’s science, heartbreak, death, life and young love, and all with more characters than you can count, but played by some of the best actors that Hollywood and the world have to offer.2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Screenplay by: Scott Z. Burns

Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friends with Benefits: Movie Review

Insulting romantic comedies, its fans, and everything else.

The thing about ‘Friends with Benefits” is that you have, in fact, seen it before. Not in the generic way the film implies that all romantic comedies are the same. But this exact movie was released earlier this year with the title “No Strings Attached”. And what’s worse is that vapid, uninspired, Hollywood-love-fest original is actually better.2011

Directed by: Will Gluck

Screenplay by: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Will Gluck and Harley Peyton

Starring: Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake

Friday, October 21, 2011

Red State: Movie Review


This is the stuff that nightmares are made of.

“Red State” is a horror the way “Jesus Camp” (the 2006 documentary) is a horror; not in the way Hollywood makes horror movies. It’s actually scary. It’s scary because these people exist and events like the fictional ones portrayed here have occurred and there’s no reason they won’t occur again. I’m assuming Kevin Smith had nightmares for years and to try and right his world, he had to tell this story. 2011

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Screenplay by: Kevin Smith

Starring: Michael Parks and John Goodman

Monday, October 17, 2011

50/50: Movie Review

The mostly weird, but the funny and the beautiful of the comedy of cancer.

“50/50” takes the dying-of-cancer genre and mixes it with the crass-and-crude comedy genre. The result is a film which is half-touching and half-funny, and only barely adds up to a whole. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made a career out of playing the nice guy with the simple and subtle reactions, usually in light comedies, but as 27 year-old Adam there was a bit too much of the nice and light.2011

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Screenplay by: Will Reiser

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Entitled: Movie Review


Rich kids, poor kids, their parents, and all their attitudes locked in a house.

A group of under-privileged kids starving for money and attention; a group of over-privileged kids starving for action and attention; a group of over-privileged adults trying to be content with their current state of life. That’s “The Entitled.” One group wants what the others have and the others just plain want. If you want an intelligent, thought-out thriller, you’ve got it. 2011

Directed by: Aaron Woodley

Screenplay by: William Morrissey

Starring: Kevin Zegers and Ray Liotta

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Restless: Movie Review


A story about a boy who meets death, then a girl, and then love.

“Restless” is the story of a boy who is restless with the living side of life and a girl, also restless with the living side of life since she just wants to get on with her own impending death. Enoch (Henry Hopper) is more interested in death since death claimed the lives of his parents and the life he once knew. Annabel (Mia Wasikowska) is a terminally ill cancer patient and instead of fighting her illness, is content living her final days studying nature. Until they met each other.2011

Directed by: Gus van Sant

Screenplay by: Jason Lew

Starring: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Schuyler Fisk and Ryo Kase

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Ides of March: Movie Review


The games people play to get ahead, not necessarily in politics, but within themselves.
George Clooney is running for President. Well, I mean, in “The Ides of March,” as Governor Mike Morris, he’s running for the Democratic Presidential nomination. He’s the good guy and his opponent is the bad guy. Because that’s how it is supposed to be, right? The opponent’s campaign manager is played by the ever shady Paul Giamatti, while Morris’ campaign is run by the young, handsome idealist Stephen (Ryan Gosling).

Directed by: George Clooney

Screenplay by: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon
Based on the play by Beau Willimon

Starring: George Clooney and Ryan Gosling

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Moneyball: Movie Review

More than a game of numbers.

It has long been said that professional sports are more a game of politics than an actual game. The MLB is not just a game of money, but here, it’s a game of numbers versus a game of people. It's callousness at its highest when general managers trade away people as objects with little regard for them or their family. Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland As, seems to take that even further, treating people as if they are only numbers, and yet there was something refreshing and humanistic about the whole thing.2011

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Screenplay by: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book by Michael Lewis

Starring: Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill

Friday, September 30, 2011

Prom: Movie Review

Disney-ifying of prom for an immature but sweet re-hash of predictability.

"Prom" is the Disney version of prom for teenagers. Or make that 17 year-olds acting like 12 year-olds (but of course acted by 20 year-olds). It's immature because it fails to bring in any humour, reality, or surprises that people of any age could enjoy. The plot is like every other adolescent romantic comedy. High-schoolers are getting ready for prom, led by the over-achieving, blonde, class president, but who is being opposed by the local rebel.2011

Directed by: Joe Nussbaum

Screenplay by: Katie Wech

Starring: Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams: Documentary Review

Exploring the earliest artwork that we forgot but nature remembered.

Shot entirely in 3-D, we enter the cave exactly as the filmmakers did and just as the handful of scientists did when they first discovered it. The Chauvet cave is located in Southern France and was discovered in 1994, perfectly preserved for 20,000 years. The documentary is a history lesson on the oldest known human pictorial creations.2010

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Screenplay by: Werner Herzog

Friday, September 16, 2011

Drive: Movie Review


Driving a slow and thoughtful character study into a full-on violent crime thriller.
Ryan Gosling is a driver. During the day, he’s a part-time Hollywood stunt man and a part-time car mechanic. During the night, he seems to spend most of his time helping out with criminal activities. All of the time, he’s a leading man. He has a quiet and unassuming charm about him that can drive girls wild, and grateful bosses (like Bryan Cranston) since he’s so trustworthy and capable.

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Screenplay by: Hossein Amin

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston

Monday, August 29, 2011

Peep World: Movie Review


A true comedy that you don't have to hold up a mirror for.

"Peep World" is a peek into a world of a dysfunctional family. It's a dysfunctional family comedy and it's funny. Henry had four children, even though he really shouldn't have had any, and they all pretty much hate each other and him. This movie is set on one particular day: Henry's birthday, and right after the youngest sibling, Nathan (Ben Schwartz), wrote a best-selling book revealing the family's secrets. 2010

Directed by: Barry W. Blaustein

Screenplay by: Peter Himmelstein

Starring: Ben Schwartz, Kate Mara and Michael C. Hall

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ceremony: Movie Review


The romantic desperation of flawed characters with humour, love and understanding.
Sam (Michael Angarano) is going to take his friend Marshall (Reece Thompson) on an adventure. It starts with Sam referring to liking a book in his “younger and more vulnerable years.” Sam used to think it was written about him; Marshall thinks it is written about him. And if you already know which book they are referring to, the characteristics of Sam and Marshall, and the adventure they are about to go on, instantly fall into place. 2010

Directed by: Max Winkler

Screenplay by: Max Winkler

Starring: Michael Angarano, Reece Thompson, Uma Thurman and Lee Pace

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Whistleblower: Movie Review


Uncovering corruption by breaking one law at a time.

Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) is “The Whistleblower.” Exposing the corruption in the U.N., and international and local Bosnian police corps when she uncovers human trafficking of teenage girls. A peace-keeping American police officer sent to Bosnia after the war, she takes her job of “investigating crimes and reporting wrong-doing” seriously. What her job actually is, isn’t very clear.2010

Directed by: Larysa Kondracki

Screenplay by: Larysa Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan

Starring: Rachel Weisz

Our Idiot Brother: Movie Review


Light on the comedy but so charming that "Our Idiot Brother" is likable.
As has been stated many times already, Ned (Paul Rudd) is not an idiot. Well, he kind of is. He lacks understanding of normal social protocol, and not in a genius kind-of-way, but as a hippie. Prone to frequent breakdowns in communication, one such instance lands him in jail. When he’s out, he’s off to live with his family. His sisters all treat him like he’s an idiot. Hence, the title, “Our Idiot Brother.”

Directed by: Jesse Peretz

Screenplay by: David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz

Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Miss Nobody: Movie Review


Murder in a fun, cartoon-like environment.

Sarah Jane McKinney (Leslie Bibb) is "Miss Nobody", a secretary for a pharmaceutical company who has no boyfriend but faith that her guiding angel will send her messages as to what she should be doing. Her mother ensures her that everybody lies, so a very smudged resume gets her a promotion to junior executive. 2010

Directed by: Tim Cox

Screenplay by: Doug Steinberg

Starring: Leslie Bibb and Adam Goldberg

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Life During Wartime: Movie Review


Twisting normal life into something that is weirdly funny and strangely bizarre.

Dark, funny and tragic, “Life During Wartime” is like a satire of one of those dysfunctional family dramedies. But by creating characters that are just outside of arm’s reach and having them say things that are more tragic than funny, it’s more like it is a family dramedy than a satire of one. 2009

Directed by: Todd Solondz

Screenplay by: Todd Solondz

Starring: Allison Janney and Shirley Henderson

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shelter: Movie Review


Deranged characters playing in a deranged plot in a horror movie.

Dr. Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) is a psychiatrist. She no longer believes in God, but she does believe in “science”. The science in “Shelter” is shaky to say the least. It involves deranged psychopaths physically morphing into dead people and souls that come out of people’s mouths (if not held in by dirt). It’s supposed to be a psychological thriller, but it’s more like a horror without any real psychology to it.2010

Directed by: Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein

Screenplay by: Michael Cooney

Starring: Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Friday, August 19, 2011

One Day: Movie Review


By sticking to the novel, the movie loses connection to the characters.

"One Day", based on the novel of the same name, is the relationship of two people, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), as we see it on July 15th of each year. As can be expected from the nature of the story, it's a little dry, lacking in comedy. But then again, it's a romantic drama, not a romantic comedy.

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

Screenplay by: David Nicholls

Starring: Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Soul Surfer: Movie Review


Without the constant presence of God, "Soul Surfer" would have been more inspiring.

Based on the true story of soul surfer Bethany Hamilton, “Soul Surfer” is close to the true story, just exaggerated to make sure we don’t miss any subtle points on how perfect everybody is. Wikipedia even defines the term “soul surfer” incase you couldn’t catch the meaning that it’s about a girl who surfs for the sheer pleasure of surfing. God has put surfing in her soul, if you will. 2011

Directed by: Sean McNamara

Screenplay by: too many to name

Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rio: Movie Review


Birds singing and dancing their way to Brazil, and that's all.

I thought it was just for fun that "Rio" rhymed with "Nemo" and that the story of "Rio" (2011) nearly mirrors the story of 'Finding Nemo" (2003). But there is actual fact in this movie. Hyacinth Macaws (blue in colour) are real birds who are endangered and native to Rio de Janeiro. The cage bird trade — which takes our beloved Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) to Minnesota — are a problem for the species. I'm pretty sure they don't talk though. 2011

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Screenplay by: too many to name

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Help: Movie Review


Comedy, drama and characters who walk Hollywood's high rope.

It's the 1960s in Mississippi, and the uppity, high-class, rich white girls have returned from university with husbands in tow and babies in their bellies, and now they get to hire maids of their own. The maids of course are poor black women from the other side of the tracks (literally). Skeeter (Emma Stone), on the other hand, has returned home from university with a degree in hand, rather than a husband, and after a stop-off in New York City in a failed attempt to get a job as a writer. 2011

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Screenplay by: Tate Taylor
Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett

Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Trust: Movie Review


The simple act of trusting runs deep and dramatically. 

“Trust.” That’s what the online sexual predator keeps telling 14 year-old Annie (Liana Liberato). “Trust me.” Problem is, she does. Even when he keeps lying about his age, lying about where he lives, and then taking her to his motel room. This movie is about the stupid things that 14 year-old girls do. Although Annie is relatively careful she doesn’t understand what qualities good people have and what qualities evil people have. 2010

Directed by: David Schwimmer

Screenplay by: Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger

Starring: Liana Liberato, Clive Owen and Catherine Keener

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dear Lemon Lima: Movie Review


A smart, boy-obsessed girl creating a unique, quirky indie.

I have discovered a missing genre in the American film landscape: the smart, quirky girl teen comedy. Most notably with “Rushmore” (1998) and filmmakers like Wes Anderson, the smart, isolated male teen have become heroes in quirky indie films. Up until now, there hasn’t really been a female equivalent. But here comes “Dear Lemon Lima” where our heroine is awkward and boy-obsessed, but she’s also ambitious, kind-hearted and smart, and those are the qualities that drive this film. 2009 (with 2011 DVD release)

Directed by: Suzi Yoonessi

Screenplay by: Suzi Yoonessi

Starring: Savanah Wiltfong and Shayne Topp