Friday, December 30

REVIEW: War Horse

(out of 4 stars)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
2 hours 26 minutes
From Dreamworks

Jeremy Irvine
Emily Watson
Peter Mullan
David Thewlis
Tom Hiddleston
Niels Arestrup

Wednesday, December 28

In Character

The character actor is usually the person in the movie that is incredibly needed to pull the whole affair together; he or she is the one you just know you know but you don't know the name, you know?  You often wouldn't even recognize the name if you heard it.  But you do recognize the face or sometimes the voice or a mannerism.  If a long-faced character actor at the beginning of his career did the fussy butler with impeccable speech and manners, you can rest assured it would become de rigueur for the chap.

Monday, December 26

REVIEW: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

(out of 4 stars)

Directed by David Fincher
2 hours 38 minutes
From Columbia Pictures & MGM

Daniel Craig
Rooney Mara
Christopher Plummer
Stellan Skarsgard
Steven Berkoff
Robin Wright
Yorick van Wageningen
Joely Richardson
Goran Visnjic

Friday, December 23

REVIEW: Young Adult

(out of 4)

Directed by Jason Reitman
1 hour 34 mins
From Paramount Pictures

Charlize Theron
Patton Oswalt
Patrick Wilson
Elizabeth Reaser
Collette Wolfe
Jill Eickenberry
Mary Beth Hurt
Richard Bekins

Wednesday, December 21


(out of 4)

Directed by Steve McQueen
1 hour 41 mins
Distributed by Fox Searchlight

Michael Fassbender
Carey Mulligan
James Badge Dale
Nicole Beharie

Friday, December 16


Beginning my new blog and very excited about it.  I talk about movies a lot with an assorted half dozen folks or so.  And I talk about movies at least a little with just about everyone I know.  Mercifully, I spare the checkout clerk and the dry cleaners.  And if I am not talking about movies, I seem to be thinking about them. 

Thinking what, you may ask?  Well, you name it, I think it. The most obvious may be that when I have just seen a film, it stays in my head at least the rest of the day and longer if I loved it. I often recast movies in my head.  Maybe it's something I just saw.  Maybe I reload an old chestnut of a film with my fancy idea of who could handle the lead.  Not that the actual star was less than stellar in the part, but this is just what I do.