Archive for January, 2012



Sundance is showing a movie generated entirely by a computer which can reshuffle scenes for a different film every time.  The critical response to the three very different showings of “Whiteowhite: algorithmicnoir” were thumbs down, thumbs sideways and thumbs up.  Two thirds of the time a bad and dull movie was created.  Proof positive that it doesn’t take an idiot to make a terrible film.

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The Artist

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Movies

In a year of somewhat retro movies like War Horse and Hugo this is probably the most honest of them all.  A-.

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Anonymous

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Movies

I saw this at our local Chattanooga dollar theater.  If you can get over the insult of having Shakespeare as a minor character in his own life and work and even slightly villiany then you might enjoy the other weird conspiracy theories about Elizabeth I and the rest of Elizabethian playwrights.   All in All  a medium interesting historical drama.  I give it a B-.

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I Don’t Know How She Does It

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Movies

Occassionally I am in the mood for watching a chick flick from the netflix cue with the wifey.  I Don’t Know How She Does It is not quite as intolerable as the two Sex and the City films and I bought Sarah Jessica Parker as a supermom trying to balance high powered career and family life.  But what really made the movie for me was Christina Hendricks and her freckles (which I never knew she had) as the best friend- and Olivia Munn’s Momo the work assistant clueless to the joys of parenthood and sisterhood.  SJP’s best work since the Will Rogers Institute promos and only half as annoying.  A solid B.

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War Horse

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Movies

Not so much a Spielberg film as it is a cross between John Ford (80%) and David Lean (20%).  Even the acting here is a throwback to a cleaner less messy style.  Loved its sweep and intimacy.  A solid A.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Movies

For a diversion from those brawny spy flicks (James Bond, MI: Ghost Protocol) try this brainy one.   Caution: it is a movie you really have to watch and listen to or you will get lost very quickly,– so no bathroom or concession trips 30 minutes in.  Gary Oldman as George Smiley really shines in a cast brilliant at emotional and mental subterfuge.  Glad enough Academy voters recognized how great Oldman is in this most understated of roles.  A solid A.

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