La Belle et la Bête (1946)

La Belle et la Bête (1946) – Il était une fois… So fairy tales have become vogue once again at the multiplex. Not just for the young ones, but apparently for the still-young-but-desperate-to-be-more-grown-up-not-really-comprehending-all-that-that-entails ones too. We’ve been treated to new angst-ridden versions of Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood that borrow directors or stars … Continue reading

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) – So I don’t know if you all got this from my review, my best of 2011 list, or my Oscar article but I really enjoyed the hell out of The Artist. The loving tribute to and recreation of a bygone style of film-making really just got me … Continue reading

M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953) – Was I just having an off day or what? I feel like I should have liked this movie much more than I did. All I really got out of it was a sense of detached amusement for some parts. I was a big fan of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, which … Continue reading

The Horde (2009)

The Horde (2009) — I really can’t say why I didn’t connect with this movie, but I just didn’t. It has most of what I love in zombie movies. There are definitely a handful of truly awesome moments. The story’s good. The blood keeps flowing. Maybe it’s because the characters aren’t very well-developed so I … Continue reading

La Femme Nikita (1990)

La Femme Nikita (1990) — So there’s a new TV series (the second) based on this movie which made me think “I haven’t seen it in a few years” so I decided to re-watch it.  It’s still good though not, in my humble opinion, as Luc Besson’s next two films Leon and The Fifth Element.  … Continue reading

Micmacs (2009)

Micmacs (2009) — I would try to write this review in French… but I didn’t do that well in French… Anyway, Micmacs (full title: Micmacs à tire-larigot) is the latest film from French auteur Jean-Pierre Jenuet.  So of course it has the usual signs of a Jeunet film: whimsical characters, painterly visuals, and the actor … Continue reading

District 13: Ultimatum (2009)

District 13: Ultimatum (2009) — The story is stupid, the social commentary is weak (“Harriburton?”), and there’s a somewhat unsettling cross-dressing scene but really who gives a shit?  David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli run and jump and fight bad guys and it all looks very cool.  It’s not as good as the first film but … Continue reading

A Prophet (2009)

A Prophet (2009) — The film is a fucking great crime epic that is better than Scarface but will likely not enjoy the same popularity due to the fact that most people who revere Scarface don’t seem smart enough to be able to read subtitles (for the record, I fucking dig Scarface I just don’t … Continue reading

Priceless (2006)

Priceless (2006) — Enjoyable and predictable.  The movie is about a gold-digger named Irene played by Audrey Tautou, whose all-consuming hotness is really the only thing that keeps you from outright despising the character.  She mistakenly hooks up with a hotel bartender named Jean, mistaking him for a millionaire.  He follows her around afterward even … Continue reading

L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

L’Auberge Espagnole (2002) — A good movie about a French guy who doesn’t have his life together and goes to Spain where he still doesn’t have his life together but it’s entertaining to watch.