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Double Up on Dallas

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on December 8, 2013 by illwatchanything

Duel reviews of  Dallas Buyers Club from IWA’s two most faithful movie hounds.

Sam Doob’s take:


The main three characters are charming. I smiled at the smart-ass things they said throughout the movie. I wanted to like them and feel for them, but I didn’t get a chance to. There were only flickers of connection. It was hard to put a finger on. It wasn’t the pace of the film, which was at times jarring, or the acting, which was solid. Something just never clicked on an emotional level. And man is this a movie that is supposed to be emotional.

Timothy Parfitt’s take:

I saw this movie in a newly renovated theater. When I first walked in from the lobby, I thought something was wrong: there were only 24 seats in the whole room. With a regular sized screen. Each seat was huge, and could be fully reclined, in the style of first-class airplane seats or the dentist’s chair. Very comfy, but also somewhat unsettling for a movie that features a lot of characters in hospital beds. Continue reading

Obligation Cinema: Lincoln Reviewed

Posted in Review with tags , , on April 10, 2013 by illwatchanything


Lincoln plays in theatres now.  So see it.  I admit, that perhaps one third to halfway through Lincoln which rolled before us on the screen in this crowded cineplex theatre I did sense: obligation:  I should sit through this film; it will benefit me. Continue reading

Batman Sucks I Mean Rises

Posted in Guest Spot with tags , , , on August 25, 2012 by illwatchanything

Guest review by Isaiah Cambron. You can read more of Isaiah’s work at

There’s something about modern man and the fearful journey through life that we all lead somewhere in The Dark Knight Rises, but I’m not sure I’m capable of breaking it down, especially since the movie plunges off a plot cliff about 10 minutes in. Is it about justice? Justice is integral to the entire Batman saga, especially in this incarnation where Harvey Dent and his image as Gotham’s shining star is the device upon which the whole of Rises rests, yet it is only mentioned in brief moments. Scarecrow judges the rich and condemns them to death in a courtroom symbolically piled high with the tomes of the learned. That is not justice, declares a defiant and soon-to-be-condemned-yet-obviously-also-saved-by-Batman Commissioner Gordon. He smirks. Scarecrow smirks. But it doesn’t matter, because the next scene is Batman lighting up the Brooklyn Bridge with the bat symbol while saving Gordon from the East River. Continue reading

Is The Artist Worth Seeing?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2012 by illwatchanything

The Artist took home Best Picture last night. Here’s contributor Daniel Picker’s take:

The Artist starring Jean Dujardin, and Berenice Bego, also stars Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier and scene stealer.  This trio trumps a supporting cast which includes the larger – than – life John Goodman as the demonstrative Al Zimmer, the capable James Cromwell as Clifton, the Valet, and the able Ed Lauter as Peppy’s Initial Chauffeur, along with Malcolm McDowell as The Butler.

But this silent, black & white film belongs to the eponymous “Artist” George Valentin as portrayed by Jean Dujardin.  Dujardin’s performance exhibits brilliance, and he, along with Berenice Bejo as Peppy, and the dog, should be sufficient inspiration for delinquent film lovers as Oscar season approaches.  A mirror, and a large plate – glass shop window figure prominently in “The Artist.”  Early on in the film Valentin faces a mirror and his subtle and brief shift in facial expression illuminates the dilemma of the artist: am I myself or the character I portray? And is either sufficient?  And for whom?  While Valentin silently meditates on his fate a filmgoer cannot help but be drawn into this motion picture. Continue reading

Wet Socks and an Iron Lady

Posted in Guest Spot, Review with tags , , on January 24, 2012 by illwatchanything

Thanks to some rain and a bad pair of shoes, I was pretty cold throughout The Iron Lady. That seemed appropriate, though, at least at first, given the dreary British landscape and political history I thought I was going to witness. Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher! Dowdy British men fighting against women in power! Continue reading

Introducing the new guy: My Week with Marilyn, review by Daniel Picker

Posted in Review with tags , , on January 10, 2012 by illwatchanything

In “My Week with Marilyn” actress Michelle Williams delivers a revelatory performance as Marilyn Monroe.  Of course portraying Miss Monroe, a 20th century icon presents a unique challenge.  This film, “My Week with Marilyn” is based on the “Diaries” of Colin Clark, a British filmmaker who at 23 served as 3rd Assistant Director on the film “The Prince and the Showgirl” of 1957.  That film starred Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier.  The film of Clark’s “Week with Marilyn” takes place in 1956, and the period detail of this picture is spot on.

            Colin Clark was the son of the eminent art historian Sir Kenneth Clark; Colin, the younger of two sons was educated at Eton College and Christ Church Oxford.  In the film “My Week with Marilyn” Clark, as portrayed by another Etonian, Eddie Redmayne serves as a sort of go–between for Olivier who is portrayed by Kenneth Branagh. Continue reading


Posted in Guest Spot, Review with tags on July 20, 2011 by illwatchanything

Most of us know the story: Thierry Henry slaps the ball down with his left forearm, crosses for William Gallas to head home, and Ireland is eventually left fuming and out of the 2010 World Cup. There are calls for the summary execution of a whole host of people, from Sepp Blatter all the way down to the grounds crew. The most vitriol is, of course, reserved for the referee, a Swede named Martin Hansson.

Rättskiparen, directed by Mattias Löw, documents the year leading up to Hansson’s great mistake. It follows him in all of his endeavors on the field and is granted access to him in his home and behind-the-scenes at the stadium. For those interested in the world of high-level referees, there are scenes where he jokes with stadium guards, tours the field before kickoff, and has a post-match hug with his colleagues after a good match, but the meat of the film is him as a private citizen.
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