Movie

Mad Max Fury Road

George Miller
5
Rated by
Rachel C.
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016

I've been sitting on this review for months, unable to express my feelings for this movie. I watched all of the originals, I remember when Max was a cop, I know who runs Bartertown, and I was incredibly leery of rebooting an old property like that. Except this isn't a reboot. It's just a story in the mythology of a man named Max in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. And it is, start to finish, incredible.

Montage of Heck

Brett Morgen
3
Rated by
Michelle H.
Friday, Jan 29, 2016

In Montage of Heck, filmmaker Brett Morgen uses personal sketchbooks and videos of Kurt Cobain's, and combines them with animation that matches Cobain’s own aesthetic. There’s also footage of Nirvana and interviews with family, but what carries the film is the access it gives viewers to Cobain’s tumultuous life and unique genius.

Iris (DVD)

Albert Maysles
4
Rated by
Michelle H.
Sunday, Jan 17, 2016

Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles is known for treating his subjects with distance, allowing them to show themselves in ways that make us forget that they’re being filmed. In Iris, at the age of eighty-eight Maysles films Iris Apfel, herself also at a late age. Candid and at home in front of the camera, she appears to us as if nothing is staged or otherwise manipulated.

Sunday, Jan 3, 2016

Say what you will about David Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Dr., the film is a puzzle of strange, overlapping characters and storylines that at once confound and intrigue. Is it a portrayal of Hollywood as a Machiavellian embodiment of sinister control and corruption masquerading as entertainment? A knotty and deliberately confusing mishmash of pointless narratives and characters lost in some Californian noir fever dream? One of the best films of the last twenty or thirty years?

Mr. Nobody

Jaco Van Dormael
4
Rated by
Megan C.
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015

There are so many fantastic things about Mr. Nobody that I would definitely recommend it, but there are also many annoying things that could turn someone off. So here is my endorsement, with caveats.

Black and white cover. Title in red on right. Main character on left, shown from shoulders up, see horn growing out of to of head.

Horns

Joe Hill
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Friday, Dec 4, 2015

Don’t watch Horns if you can’t, or don’t want to, imagine Daniel Radcliffe as anyone but Harry Potter. Admittedly Horns has supernatural elements. And it does deal with moral issues – doing what’s right even if it means a personal sacrifice. But there the similarities end. Horns is a murder-mystery/dark fantasy/horror/revenge/love story.

Into the Woods

Stephen Sondheim
5
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Thursday, Dec 3, 2015

What a fabulous movie version of this amazing musical! This is arguably Stephen Sondheim's best musical with lyrics that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you rewind to listen to them again. Though I was nervous when the movie rights were sold to Disney, I was delighted to find they did not sugarcoat the potentially risqué topics of infidelity, child abandonment, and death.

Far From The Madding Crowd DVD

Thomas Hardy
4
Rated by
Debbie F.
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Thomas Hardy, an English author, spun a classic and spectacular tale of love in his novel, Far From the Madding Crowd.

Machine Gun Preacher Documentary

Zac Simpson
3
Rated by
Edward R.
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015

When a documentary is made about a polarizing figure, the film itself may receive praise simply for existing rather than earning acclaim as a well thought-out film. Zac Simpson’s documentary about Sam Childers, otherwise known as the Machine Gun Preacher, has capitalized on Childers notoriety.

Cover of the film Chef

Chef (DVD)

Jon Favreau
5
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015

I think one of the best things about being human is our appreciation of fine food and sharing meals. Not surprisingly, I adore movies about cooking. So when Chef came to theaters last year I was intrigued. My husband and I went to our favorite local theater and were immediately hooked by the vivid colors on the screen accompanied by bright Latin pop booming over the speakers.

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