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Feed the Beast

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2016 by Timothy Parfitt

A period piece that feels timeless, Embrace of the Serpent is a journey to the heart of the Amazon. Two trips, separated by decades but both in the first half of the twentieth century, take two different white men upriver in search of the same elusive plant. Karamakate, a shaman who lives in self-exile, takes a sick German explorer in search of a sacred plant that may him. Then, forty years later, an elderly, amnesiac Karamakate agrees to take an American scientist, who has “devoted his life to plants,” on a search for the same plant. “That’s the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard from a white man,” Karamakate deadpans. 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

Adam Sandler, Method Actor

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 7, 2012 by sdoob

Okay.  I liked this movie.  Is that such a crime?  Is my opinion no longer valid?  Maybe.  Maybe you liked The Descendants.  A lot of people did.  Including the founder of this website.  And now I’m basically telling you I liked Jack and Jill

“Which one is Jack and Jill?”

“Oh, it’s the one where Adam Sandler has a twin sister and she’s played by Adam Sandler?”

“You saw that?”

“Yeah.  On a date.”

You know why I liked this movie?  I’ll tell you.  Because Adam Sandler played Jill, the twin sister, so well, so thoroughly, I thought of her as a woman.  I was not taken out of scenes because I was thinking it was Adam Sandler in a dress and a wig.  Even in scenes featuring her muscular thighs: I believed the character, full on.  And I believed in her, too.  I liked her, and I would have liked to talk to her.  My friend (who despises the movie though he has never seen it) said it was supposed to be mean spirited towards Jill.  I didn’t feel that way.  I thought it was an affectionate and, more importantly, an honest portrayal of a funny, lonely, adorable woman from the nice part of the Bronx.  

By the way, everything else in the movie – the male Adam Sandler character, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, other side characters – is bad and not worth talking about. 

Finally, the movie begins and ends with supposed real twins talking about what it’s like being twins.  This did not sit well because a) all those couples in When Harry Met Sally… are actors, and b) because we know the whole movie is using green screens constantly, so how do we know it’s not one person multiplied?

Even Odds: 50/50

Posted in Review, Timothy Parfitt, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 22, 2011 by Timothy Parfitt

Based on writer Jonathan Levine real life experiences, 50/50 is a bro-comedy that blends tender moments and doesn’t feel chained to established Hollywood rhythms.  Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Adam, a late twenty something who discovers he has cancer. Seth Rogen plays Kyle, his foul-mouthed best friend. Together they confront their new realities and try to translate Adam’s sickness into effective pick-up lines. Continue reading

Your brain is past due: Repo Men

Posted in Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Repo Men is a film about hating your job, set in a dystopian future.  In that way, it wants to be “Office Space meets Blade Runner.”  Those films are classics; unfortunately, Repo Men is not. Continue reading