The poetic, visual storytelling relies on small moments (billowing curtains, a sudden butterfly) to build a slow but moving masterwork. 5. Margin Call: An A-list cast – including Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Jeremy Irons – anchor this smart examination of the American financial crisis. First-time filmmaker J.C. Chandor immerses us in a hermetic world of greed and amorality, as the first signs of economic collapse are detected at a New York investment bank and everyone must run for cover. The choice between coming clean or making one last killing is a darkly apt metaphor for predatory capitalism. 6. Bridesmaids: The funniest raunchy comedy of the year, with Kirsten Wiig as a perennial bridesmaid helping a friend organize her wedding. The film has its share of low laughs – the bridal-dress poop scene is a classic of its sort – but it’s also infused with a sense of female intimacy. You learn a lot about the conventions of women’s relationships (she who organizes the shower, rules the friendship), and also discover, if Hollywood is listening, that there’s a gold mine of humour there. 7. Shame: Michael Fassbender gives perhaps the bravest performance of 2011 in this tragic, forbidding and graphically sexual tale of Brandon, a New York City businessman who is addicted to sex. British director Steve McQueen, who is also a visual artist, makes New York into a gleaming nocturnal prison for Brandon, whose illusive relationship with his sister (Carey Mulligan) adds to the sense of unease and sexual adventure. 8.
I might have mapped out these changes myself, but Koreeda keeps it fresh by staying observant and quiet, letting the drama of what’s going on unfold naturally. The cast is suitably restrained despite the high melodrama taking place. You wrestle with nature versus nurture and what it means to be a parent while watching this movie — familiar stuff all. But it’s to the film’s credit that I was genuinely unsure of what would happen. And the familiar aspects (such as Nonomiya loosening up) weren’t overdone. Not his best but another solid film for Koreeda. A TOUCH OF SIN ** 1/2 out of **** Zhangke Jia is another major talent, one of the most important and bold figures in Chinese cinema. His masterpiece is Platform, but he’s also delivered unconventional films like The World and a distinctive documentary about Shanghai called I Wish I Knew that I loved but which has never really made it the US. After years as an underground filmmaker, Jia has made films through official channels though HOW they get approved and made must remain a mystery, one that deepens with his new and critical look at the effect of corruption, the sex trade and indifferent factories on the Chinese people. The film covers four separate storylines though blessedly they don’t artificially converge a la Babel. The first and strongest story revolves around Dahai (Wu Jiang).
Movies opening Sept. 27
But the chances are, youre not. Sex in real life isnt always going to be about bursting through the clouds into golden light or free-falling gloriously in space as shown in the movies. Feeling pleasantly satiated or incredibly close to your partner or just happy and ready to snuggle are all great outcomes of sex in real life. Its a little fuzzy In the perfect world of Moviedom, the leading lad and lady can give in to their carnal desires fairly spontaneously. All they need is the space to do so and all is gloriously wonderful. At the risk of playing spoilsport to your film-fuelled fantasies, we have to say, not everyone is ready to have sex at the drop of a hat and we dont mean that in the context of arousal. Theres that little thing called grooming (and protection) that tends to get in the way, for both men and women. Think of that rare moment depicted in One Fine Day, when a harried Michelle Pfiffer calls a halt to her spiraling sensual moment with George Clooney to run into the bathroom and shave her legs. Good sex in real life needs a little more preparation than in the movies, and if youre going for steamy spontaneity, be prepared to overlook a bit of fuzz, and make some arrangements for protection. Food isnt always fun Strategically placing mounds of ice cream or whipped cream and squirting chocolate sauce over each other may be all very well when youre seeing it in a film. Pretty, and perhaps tempting to try. But heres something actors in a film dont have to deal with: Cleaning up. Chocolate sauce is sticky, and so is melting ice cream.
Movies: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Anchor Tense ‘Prisoners’
27 add a comment Movies opening Friday Baggage Claim (PG-13) A woman (Paula Patton) embarks on a 30-day, 30,000-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiance. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) Flint Lockwood learns that his infamous machine is still churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Enough Said (PG-13) A divorced woman (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who decides to pursue the man shes interested in (James Gandolfini) learns hes her new friends ex-husband. Inequality for All (PG) A documentary following former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the widening economic gap. Metallica: Through the Never (R) Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission that turns into a surreal adventure. Rush (R) The true story of Formula One racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Directed by Ron Howard. Wadja (PG) A Saudi girl signs on for a Quran recitation competition to raise money for a bicycle. When Comedy Went to School (not rated) The birth of modern stand-up comedy began in the Catskill Mountains. You Will Be My Son (R) The problematic relationship between the owner of a prestigious vineyard in France and his son. more from movies get related content delivered to your inbox You are now subscribed.
Why did the movie open with a father/son hunting trip? Why is that strange RV parked on the road? Where did Anna’s (Hugh’s daughter) red emergency whistle go? Are Joy and Anna back yet? The two youngest children just went back to the Dovers to grab that red emergency whistle they wanted to p… ohmygod where are Joy and Anna? MORE, AFTER THE JUMP … The red whistle is not a red herring. Instead, that damn missing whistle acts as a perfect talisman for the movie itself. Prisoners begins emitting piercing psychic cries as the parents spin out of control and the mysteries thicken and the hours drag on. Statistically speaking, things dont look good for missing children after the first couple of days.Keller Dover (Jackman) is a survivalist who believes in being prepared but how do you prepare yourself or your family for the worst nightmares? When a local ace detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) can’t make a case stick against the man in the RV (Paul Dano, in greasy/creepy mode) Keller decides to take the law into his own hands, plunging both families and a third one (Dano and his aunt played by Melissa Leo) into an increasingly gruesome nightmare from which its uncertain that any of them will emerge with their souls intact. Prisoners will undoubtedly remind a lot of people of David Fincher’s Zodiac(2007), another film that invites you to lose your mind over Jake Gyllenhaal’s soulful handsomeness while Jake Gyllenhaal loses his mind over maddening puzzles dropped like poisoned crumbs from serial killers.
HORROR MOVIES UNCUT FRIDAY SEPTEMBER THE 20TH
BEST PICK OF THE WEEK ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE- This film hit my top list of must see horror films when it was released back in 2006. I was blown away by the throwback giallo style portrayed in the film and was hooked to the end. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane not only takes you back to the first american style slasher that caught your attention it also has flawless execution. Don’t be worried about the team of Amber Heard and Jonathan Levine if you disliked Warm Bodies Mandy Lane is the real deal. The story involves the best looking girl in high school hanging out with the popular kids but for some reason bodies start piling up. This film has intensity, gore and amazing death scenes. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is available right now on VOD and it is worth the price. 5/5 *available on all VOD outlets THE REST OF THE FILMS SCENIC ROUTE – I had a feeling this movie would be good but not this good. Scenic Route is not a horror by any stretch of the imagination. It has some horror qualities but the performances by Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler are award worthy. Two long term friends are traveling through the desert when their truck breaks down. After finding out it was a ploy by Fogler to start a conversation with Duhamel the two erupt into a battle of life call outs and relationships with not only women but passions of the past. Scenic Route turns into a bloody, dark humours buddy flick that would have been what really happened in Due Date. I really enjoyed this movie and the dark turn it takes at the very end really completed the film. I was upset when this hit limited theaters and did not head our way but im glad its available to take home now.