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Re: “Northern Soul

Great film about the working class movement in northern England in the 70s. The soul music, of course, is the treat here. Rare, non-charting Motown and other labels offering soul, were the tops and the dancing was purely exhilarating (you know how dance and music merge to make your heart burst with happiness). This little gem of a movie lit a damn firework under me. I'm obsessed now. Great directing (Elaine Constantine), great acting (Elliott Langridge, Josh Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas), with endearing bit parts played by Lisa Stansfield and Steve Coogan.

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Posted by Anita French on 07/12/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Love Tom Cruz and have seen all of his movies. Send me tickets.

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Posted by carleysu on 07/10/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Yamaleela 2

Super Movie

Posted by Anjali Shandilya on 11/29/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Nothing Left to Fear

Great interview with Slash Check out an interview with Slash about his work on "Nothing Left To Fear" https://plus.google.com/105461817045333884300/posts/VHKnpqg9Mgc
Long but fun & personable :D

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Posted by Kimberly Leaman Snyder on 09/30/2013 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Thanks for Sharing

A movie with laughter and tears and fascinating characters and great dialogue. It's a movie with very, very strong performances and it's original and it's real. It's a movie with insight that's engaging and interesting and good direction and it's a finely-crafted film. Did I mention originality strongly-enough? This movie tackles the difficult issue of sexual addiction with sensitivity and truth. It gets to the emotions of the people involved and the peripheral folks who are also affected. Unlike that horrible Fassbender piece, Shame, this actually exposes the emotional turmoil of the sufferer after giving in to the addiction and the heartbreak of personal failure. It actually deals with the difficulties of "sobriety", 12-step meetings, sponsors and "sponsees". It is a touching and moving portrayal of people who have to carry on with life in spite of their individual pasts and their individual trials. Everyone should see this film. The only way to understand how good each actor/actress was in their individual roles is to see the film - so go, NOW.

Posted by richardk on 09/21/2013 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Excellent

Posted by Ade Soudan on 09/18/2013 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Blue Jasmine

One might think that Woody Allen had produced another comedy from the TV ads and trailers. There's nothing funny about this fine drama. There will be the inevitable (and deserved) comparisons to Streetcar Named Desire. Unlike Streetcar, this isn't a melodrama, it's a tragedy based on the harm Jasmine does to herself in her attempted recovery from mental illness. However, in Blue Jasmine's last scene Simone Signoret's vulnerability and "other worldly" distance from reality in Ship of Fools was brought to mind. There were folks laughing in the theater - and there are depictions of the absurdities of life and people - but I found the laughter jarring and ill-conceived. I kept wondering what the hell was wrong with these people for laughing at things so sad and so not meant to be funny. The scenes generating a few laughs were hard-hitting looks at the realities of just living. Cate Blanchett's performance is so perfect, so Oscar-worthy, it will be hard to even notice some wonderful work done by a fine supporting cast. This movie will hit you hard, even hours after leaving the theater, but you must see the phenomenal Blanchett work in this film.

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Posted by richardk on 08/14/2013 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Midnight in Paris

I wish I'd seen this when it first came out so many months back. I wish it had been made and I'd seen it when I was little or a teen or even decades ago. There are few screenplays with such brilliant writing. The words, the concepts, the character exposition wash over you more like a tidal bore than a wave. It's too trite to say it's breathtaking, but it does take your breath away - and your heart. A terribly clever plot, a list of Hollywood royalty as the stars (even in cameos and minor roles), wonderful acting and the beauty of Paris (past and present) and you've got a truly great film. It has so much to say about the human condition and so much to say to people everywhere. A slow start belies how important the movie really is. This is one to watch again and again and again.

Posted by richardk on 07/28/2013 at 7:50 PM

Re: “A Free Bird

A fun film!

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Posted by Lesly Hershman Gregory on 07/19/2013 at 7:04 AM

Re: “A Free Bird

Loved it! Great job to the filmakers.

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Posted by Andrew Pittman on 07/18/2013 at 9:38 PM

Re: “A Free Bird

Amazing film!

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Posted by Katie Schmidt on 07/18/2013 at 8:26 PM

Re: “The Kings of Summer

Take teenaged boys. They're clueless. They don't know there's a world around them. They have no concept of consequences of actions. They have no concept of consequences of their INactions. Take parental figures. They're annoying. They're unable to relate. They have no idea what they're doing wrong in their inadequate parenting skills. In the first few moments of the film I hated the teens for being so obtuse and self-centered and self-serving. Then I saw the parents who couldn't have been worse and I saw the setting up of very humorous conflict. The boys run away to live in the woods. Hilarity, drama, danger, pathos, the exuberance of youth and freedom, the heartache of failed young love, and some pretty gross scenes catching dinner and avoiding snakes all add up to a wonderful film. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfectly-crafted film this year, but it will be overlooked because of the 3-D monstrosities out there. It's heartwarming and truly funny and there are scenes in which you'll have to avert your eyes but you must see the movie. It's hard to believe how things came together so well in casting, directing, acting, editing and writing. I really enjoyed myself and anybody would.

Posted by richardk on 06/15/2013 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Girl Rising

What would your life be like had you never learned how to read or write? For countless girls, this dream is out of reach. Come find out how you can make a difference in influencing global education policy by joining RESULTS' screening of Girl Rising on Tuesday, June 4th. Help us reach the critical 100 tickets tipping point by this Monday, May 27th so we can succeed in bringing this film to Atlanta. Questions? Call Atlanta RESULTS at (763) 242-4939.

Check out the Trailer: http://10x10act.org/girl-rising/
Reserve your tickets here : http://gathr.us/screening/4216

Posted by Katy Windschill on 05/24/2013 at 1:08 PM

Re: “The Angels' Share

Imagine the Thomas Crown Affair meets Trainspotting meets Cat Ballou. It's genuinely innovative, interesting, clever, occasionally quite funny and often endearing and fascinating. It's quite unlike anything you've ever seen. What a treat to see an original screenplay that's directed and acted and edited wonderfully! The tiniest details of set and lighting are perfect. Although the Scottish accents are thick, there are subtitles in English (because English and American audiences won't understand the speakers). I hope everyone gets to see this, and it won a boatload of British awards.

Posted by richardk on 04/19/2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

How wonderful was this documentary?! The story of Diana Vreeland from her own mouth, from her biographer, from her children, from the people who worked with her and from the models/actors she created - it was just too perfect for words. I truly wish young people could see this, even though I know they won't. The story is of the woman who literally created art and style and fashion and trends for much of the 20th century. This is the woman who took a Mick Jagger who was so obscure he couldn't get a traffic ticket and decided he was someone to watch and made him a superstar overnight. This is the woman who introduced blue jeans into society from the farmer's overalls. This is the woman who took Harper's Bazaar into international dominance and later took the sleepy little unknown Vogue and made it the dominant force in art, style, fashion, trends, and beauty. This is the woman who took the beauty of La Belle Epoque of her native Paris and the excesses, beauty, excitement, and bared legs and dizzying exuberance of the 20's into the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's into her reimagined and re-engineered style and flair. This is the woman who worshipped Chanel and used that knowledge of style and fashion into (literally) determining what would or wouldn't work for the average woman of postwar America. Young people who see this film will never understand the importance of Josephine Baker, the majesty of the Ballets Russes and how important Najinsky was to Vreeland and to the world. Young people will never understand the revolution Vreeland created with the bikini, op art in clothing, creating a whole museum "industry" with the costume museums she "invented". Young people will not quite get the impact of this woman's eye on life she as she examined it and then showed to the world from Studio 54, Warhol's Factory, or the huge number of careers she created like Richard Avedon, Diane von Furstenberg, Faye Dunaway, or SO many other people. What an amazing woman and what an amazing life! No one person is ever going to have as much influence on every facet of life again. I would be thrilled to see the film again. I was privileged to meet her a few times but never understood her actual importance till I saw this film. Just to understand how this woman affected EVERYTHING you know and do is worth the price of admission!!!

Posted by richardk on 10/24/2012 at 10:56 PM

Re: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower

In my lifetime I've been to several movies that had an audience burst into spontaneous applause at the end. I've never been to one where the audience screamed and cheered. It was that good.

Coming-of-age stories are usually trite and full of cliches. At best they have some tender and/or funny moments. Far too often they rely on base humor as the hook for box office success. Rarely is there one that strikes such a chord of empathy and keen interest. The audience is truly (and fully) engaged. So many people in the theater were crying or choked-up as the lights came on at the end of the film because of the beauty of the story and the way it touched them deeply and personally. It has great out-loud laughs and amazing emotional highs. The exceptional acting, wonderful dialogue, well-directed and edited script make for a magical film experience. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller are simply amazing. Easily a candidate for a Best Film Oscar (not to mention acting, directing and screenplay - and even musical score - awards), this exceptional work of art is a must-see for anyone who claims to love movies.

Posted by richardk on 09/26/2012 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Klown (Klovn: The Movie)

A clever, inventive and quirky film full of laughs. I loved it and will buy the film to watch it again and again. Definitely NOT for the prudish, but well worth your time to enjoy a great romp. Surprise follows surprise and you cannot possibly imagine the situations with which the guys deal. It's amazing, too, how many of the sex terms, catchphrases, and everday conversational words are English words incorporated into their language. One almost doesn't need the subtitles!

Posted by richardk on 09/05/2012 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Hope Springs

A gem of a movie. Tommy Lee Jones is at his best in the poignant and heartfelt tale of a couple in marriage trouble. Even if the plot is somewhat expected and conventional, the dialogue and actors aren't. Mr. Jones is a strong contender for a best actor Oscar as is the screenplay and director. Meryl is good in the role and makes it a must-see movie. It is a romantic comedy and there are funny moments, but they aren't belly laughs, just laughs of recognition.

Posted by richardk on 08/25/2012 at 7:23 PM

Re: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A precious gem of a movie - one of great charm, warmth and depth. It makes you think, makes you cry, and makes you rejoice. It's overwhelming to the senses because there are too many amazing sights and so many strong personal issues presented. It's so well-paced and such a well-crafted film, it's hard to realize there are so many elements to it. If Judi Dench is nominated for Best Supporting Actress instead of Best Actress, she'll win the Oscar hands-down as a lonely recent widow coming to grips with life as she finds it. If Judi's nominated for Best Actress, then Maggie Smith will win Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the bitter and funny racist coming to terms with her issues of abandonment. This is a movie you'll want to see over-and-over again and will remember for years to come. It will be a strong contender for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and so on. What amazing scenery! What a treasure of a film!

Posted by richardk on 07/07/2012 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Moonrise Kingdom

In the first few minutes of the film I thought it was trying too hard to be surreal, to be a cult film and to be another Napolean Dynamite-type pastiche of oddball characters in even more oddball situations. As the movie progressed I became impressed by the achingly, painfully, overwhelmingly, astoundingly inventive and clever screenplay. It's so original it rips away everything you expect to see and think you know. I loved everything about the film. There's just no way to describe anything this strange and funny and moving and unusual. The comedy is played in a film of deadpan performances as if it's a tragedy unfolding, (sometimes with the "fourth wall" removed for direct plot exposition to the audience). I'm so surprised at the casting, but it was brilliant. Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban and Bill Murray had pivotal roles but we'll see two Best Actor/Actress nominations for the movie's stars, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. What an amazing experience!

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Posted by richardk on 06/06/2012 at 11:29 PM

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