What movie is your life like?

Month: April 2012

The Dreaded Subtitles

The Dreaded Subtitles

So often people say to me that there are no good movies out. There’s nothing to see. But oh there is so much to see. A new must-see-film, for me anyway, is released every other day, it seems. All you have to do is be willing to read subtitles. “I’m too tired to read subtitles.” […]

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Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam

“We Have a Pope!” It’s so full of hope, that phrase. And then when you hear it in Latin, Habemus Papam, with all that passion and emotion, it sounds even better. We settled down to watch the movie, surprised to have found it On Demand when it’s still playing at the IFC. I support the […]

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The Hunter

The Hunter

The Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is an extinct wolf-like marsupial, with black and brown stripes across its back giving it a hint of a tiger. My first reaction upon sight of the animal was one of revulsion. They are shy, secretive, and quietly nervous, I read, and that when hunted they usually gave up without […]

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Surf City

Surf City

I loved the movie Gidget. In my teens, living at the beach, swept up in Frances’ naïve, tomboyish, coming of age angst. The swooning over Moondoggie, the dreamy ideal of being a surfer, of belonging to the waves, surrounded by men unto themselves, oh-so-cool, seemingly free from the worries and fears plaguing the rest of […]

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But who will play Norman?

But who will play Norman?

I usually don’t like remakes. A Star is Born, however, can’t seem to go wrong. 1937 (on TCM two nights ago), 1954, and 1976, I love all versions. Over and over the tragic love story of Esther Blodgett and Norman Maine doesn’t falter, a story for any time, anywhere, and it goes like this: woman […]

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Damsels gave me distress

Damsels gave me distress

I’m still scratching my head about this movie, just released, by Whit Stillman. In fact, early in the viewing, I contemplated walking out. I sat there in my seat, embarrassed. It was a beautiful spring day in New York, I could have been reading a book on a park bench, going for a long walk, […]

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Come to grips with the truth, boys

Come to grips with the truth, boys

This is rural New Zealand, I am far away from much of what I know, for instance, apparently it’s normal for five kids below the age of eleven, toddlers included, to take care of themselves (even if in a strangely civilized manner, including sit-down meals and prayers before dinner) while their grandmother goes out of […]

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Can We Just Eat

Can We Just Eat

There’s a great scene in Hannah and Her Sisters where the three women are having lunch in a French restaurant. The middle sister, Holly, played by Dianne Wiest, is arguing with the oldest sister, Hannah, played by Mia Farrow. Holly is upset at Hannah’s rather unsupportive reaction to her latest career change. Holly wants to […]

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi…and so do I

Jiro Dreams of Sushi…and so do I

My husband and I had this great plan: we’d go see Jiro Dreams of Sushi at the IFC, then venture and indulge in a sushi dinner, somewhere other than our regular spot. Perhaps even splurge a bit. Cut to ninety minutes later. We walk out of the theater in a daze, in the middle of […]

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In Case You’d Forgotten…

In Case You’d Forgotten…

When I was in fifth grade, a seventh grade boy hated me. I didn’t know him, had no reason to interact with him, our paths never should have crossed. Yet, somehow, he’d discovered me (and my red hair), and decided that I was the one. He’d wait for me to arrive at school, usually early […]

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