Sunday, January 31, 2010
While a bit overlong and telegraphed narratively, Arnold's grimy, sub-working class distillation of the Lolita trope is, ultimately, an engaging piece of cinema. Katie Jarvis' Mia rings true as an outwardly defiant, inwardly naive youth and the ever-solid Michael Fassbender is at once disarming and unsettling as the lecherous Connor.
Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna's Silence), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2008
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Pocket Cinephile @ Senses of Cinema
Our 2009 Top 10 + 1 list makes the Senses of Cinema World Poll for 2009.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman, 2009
Reitman's film is a ham-fisted, aphoristic melange of dramatic themes, flatly and tacitly addressing "big" issues such as commitment, loneliness, love, and youth. Incidentally, a far more wrenching depiction of soul-crushing on-the-road hucksterism can be found in Craig Zobel's 'Great World of Sound.'