Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty Director: Mira Nair Vibrant and large, Monsoon Wedding is the story of the events leading up to and surrounding an arranged marriage in a middle class family in India. It has a little bit of everything: romance, drama, family secrets, tears and laughter. There's quite a large cast… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Monsoon Wedding (2001)
A review of The Love Witch, that I wrote for We Make Movies On Weekends
If you’ve ever wanted to get revenge on an ex, this is the film for you.
OK, so I say that with tongue in cheek, a little bit. This is the story of a woman who just wants to find love, but her magic spells all go awry. Sound a little bit like Bewitched or Bell, Book and Candle? Well, it’s kind of like those, but when Elaine (Robinson) casts a love spell, people tend to die.
The best part about this film is that I can’t decide whether it’s incredible or awful, just that I really got a kick out of watching it. The attention to detail, the sets, costumes, the way it’s shot, this film could be from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s veins bleed retro. It often feels stylised, like the scenes in a women’s tea room, where everyone wears pink, or the opening sequences where…
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Starring: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover Director: Wes Anderson When he finds out that his estranged wife is planning on remarrying, Royal Tenenbaum (Hackman) tells his family that he's terminally ill in order to reconnect with them. His reentry into their lives sets off… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner Director: Kelly Fremon Craig Nadine (Steinfeld) is a teen with one friend, navigating the wilds of high school and growing up. But when her best friend starts dating her brother, she starts to come unravelled. It's a drama with very witty, clever dialogue… Continue reading Edge Of Seventeen (2016)
Starring: Jean DuJardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, Director: Michel Hazanavicius When the star of silent movies meets cute with a delightful chorus girl, love is in the air. But with the advent of "talkies", that is, movies with sound, her career takes off and his stumbles, sending them in different directions in life. Will they… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Artist (2011)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, JK Simmons Director: Damien Chazelle Perhaps with all the things going on in the world right now, a musical is just what we need. So often, amusingly, musicals are about dark subjects, but told lightly. And I kind of like that about musicals (watch Meet Me In St. Louis again… Continue reading La La Land (2016)
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen Director: Alexander Payne Jack (Church) and Miles (Giamatti), reaching middle age and facing their failed potential, decide on a boys weekend away in California wine country, ahead of Jacks wedding. On the trip they plan on drinking wine and relaxing, but each finds himself facing a future… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Sideways (2004)
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken Director: Barry Sonenfeld This film is definitely for all of you out there who watch cat videos on YouTube! It's a really odd little film, but rewarding, if you're willing to just go with it. A wealthy businessman (Spacey) has been so caught up his work that his… Continue reading Nine Lives (2016)
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Annalise Basso Director: Matt Ross A startling and charming film from an actor turned writer/director, this film is the story of an unusual family, who live in the woods in the Pacific Northwest, living by Socialist values and survivalism. Ben (Mortensen) finds his own ideals challenged when big changes hot… Continue reading Captain Fantastic (2016)
Just for fun, this seasonal selection of movies that should please all members of the family. From family comedies, to classics, to horrors. Comedy: Of course, family comedies are a Christmas staple. Elf (2003) Is Christmas really Christmas until we've watched Will Ferrell hollering out "Santa? I know him!" Well, for me it isn't. Ferrell… Continue reading The Christmas Movie Round Up