Friday, April 29, 2011

Jolene: Movie Review

An unforgettable journey.

"Jolene" is quite a film. It's about the journey of life for Jolene (Jessica Chastain), who is quite a character. A girl who was left to be raised by the authorities, she is itching to experience more of the world and be happy—the type of girl who could get hurt. But Jolene has an indescribable quality that makes people fall in love with her, lust after her, commit crimes for her and then go crazy, and generally in that order. Likelihood is they’ll get hurt instead of Jolene.2008 (with 2011 DVD release)

Directed by: Dan Ireland

Screenplay by: Dennis Yares
Based on the short story "Jolene: A Life" by E.L. Doctorow

Starring: Jessica Chastain

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Waterhole: Movie Review

Hilarious dialogue for drunk, angry, twenty-something guys.

In a non-descript small town, "The Waterhole" centers on Miller (Patrick J. Adams) as he frequents a bar with best friend and roommate, Jim (Jade Carter), and bar's owner Murphy (Matt Stasi). Although it's about a group of friends hanging out in a bar discussing life and navigating love and relationships, it's better written than that, making it better than most of its contemporaries.
2009 (With 2011 DVD release)

Directed by: Ely Mennin

Screenplay by: Nathan Cole

Starring: Patrick J. Adams

Sunday, April 10, 2011

HappyThankYouMorePlease: Movie Review


Happiness, gratitude and wit all in good measure.

Based on the plot line, six New Yorkers juggle love and friendship, and the fact that it is written and directed by and starring Josh Radnor of "How I Met Your Mother" fame, one could easily assume that "HappyThankYouMorePlease" is a 3-part episode of "Friends" on the big screen. Surprisingly, that's not it at all. The humour is in the dialogue, not the situations.

Directed by: Josh Radnor

Screenplay by: Josh Radnor

Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman and Kate Mara

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hanna: Movie Review

Strong female independence, great action, and impressive filmmaking.

In her words, Hanna is trained to be independent. In our words, Hanna is trained to be something like a super killer. Wild animals, humans, it doesn't matter. She knows all the techniques. With intense action, character development, and inventive filmmaking, "Hanna" is super cool. 2011

Directed by: Joe Wright

Screenplay by: Seth Lochhead and David Farr

Starring: Saoise Ronan