Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

In brief:
Not bad movie with excellent performances by the women — flat performances by the men. Not a complete waste of time.

Can't quite figure out how the couples got together since there didn't seem to be any chemistry (or heat) between the Alan Arkin and Robin Wright Penn. Or, for that matter, between Alan Arkin and Blake Lively. Or even between Keanu Reeves and Robin Wright Penn.

The women are multi-faceted and act their socks off including Maria Bello. Julianne Moore, and Winona Ryder. Since no acting is required by any of the men, Keanu Reeves was perfect casting, but Alan Arkin is wasted and sort of sleepwalks through his part.

Plot is lots of pop-psychology: peoples' motivations are based on past experiences. A lot of times I heard people say "Huh?" at certain plot twists. A few laughs. A laughable ending — but what took her so long?

Friday, July 24, 2009


It wasn't at TIFF but should have been.

In brief:
It's not really a documentary but it tells a lot about refugees living in France and the law that states that French citizens can be prosecuted if they harbour these refugees. Film tells a great story with engaging performances by all the main actors.

The actors all say as much when they're not speaking as when they speak.

The trailer (in French with some English spoken) is on YouTube.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Starting Now

"... more ramblings than reviews." about movies that were mainly seen at the Toronto International Film Festival ... but may have been seen elsewhere as well.