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Saturday, 22 March 2014 09:25

'Bad Words' includes those and more

The motivation behind "Bad Words" comes out about mid-way through this short film. I won't spoil that, but I will say, don't hold your breath because it is not reason enough for the shenanigans that go on before and after the reveal.
 

Just when you thought you'd never laugh again, along comes "Alan Partridge" to remind you that laughter is cleansing, purging, releasing. That laughter, welling up from the belly, is not only the best medicine but also pretty darn cheap. Alan Partridge has been a character played by Steve Coogan for years in various media. 

Imagine that! a dog adopting a human for a change. Well, that is just what Jay Ward and his minions did on their breaks from the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show." They imagined a very, very smart dog in charge of the education of a very willing boy. 

Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

'The Face of Love' is creepy -- or deep

We've all had this happen: a dear one dies and we start to see her in crowds -- just the back of a head or the turn of a hand makes us think we've seen him, that the beloved is not a memory. "The Face of Love" goes beyond that. 

If you haven't yet figured out a way to acknowledge the centenary of the start of World War I, you could do worse than to see the National Theatre of England's production on film. It plays at noon this Sunday, March 23, ONLY.

Do not expect a knee-slapper from this comedy. Expect the pain of two people living together, told with a knowing smile and sigh. If you've been married more than 30 years, as has the couple in "Le Week-End," you might find parallels.

Writer/director Wes Anderson has done it again. After starting off with peculiar films, such as "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," he created that bliss of entertainment he called "Moonrise Kingdom" last year. Now, with Hugo Guinness, he has written a confectionary script that's a story within a story within etc.

Shoot me: that's a joke, not a command. It refers to filming, as in shooting a film, but anyone who has been around Elaine Stritch knows that it's the sort of thing she would say. "Just shoot me" sounds like a Stitchian response to things-gone-wrong.

Friday, 21 February 2014 09:49

'In Secret' reveals weight of wanting

It's no secret that Emile Zola knew how to tell a story, especially the pitiful story of orphan Therese Raquin. From that novel, a play was written by Neal Bell, and from that play, a film script was produced into a film called "In Secret" and directed by newcomer Charlie Stratton.

George Clooney made a noble effort to tell the story of soldier/scholars sent by President Franklin Roosevelt to save the culture of Europe near the end of World War II. A noble effort, however, does not immediately translate to a fine film. 

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