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  • Le Week-End 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    There is a bit of Richard Linklater's BEFORE Trilogy in Roger Michell's LE WEEK-END, a film about an aging British couple who returns to Paris 30 years after their honeymoon to rekindle their relationship. Along the way old grudges flair up and tempers boil over, as each learns the true depth and meaning of a love forged through hardship and struggle. At once a nimble comedy and a wise and knowing portrait of marriage, LE WEEK-END nods to the French New Wave (I loved the references to Godard's BAND OF OUTSIDERS) while exploring its themes in a refreshingly frank and grown up manner.

  • The Eddy Duchin Story 1956

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    The musical biopic genre that became hugely popular for a short while during the 1950s, and this top drawer Hollywood weepie is the strongest of the lot. Following the life of band leader and pianist Eddy Duchin, THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY is an oft overlooked jewel of the era - a delicately beautiful tearjerker filled with beautiful compositions and gorgeous music. This isn't your typical 1950s melodrama, this is something special indeed - a deeply moving exploration of love and loss featuring some truly memorable performances and striking Technicolor cinematography.

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  • ParaNorman 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    Absolutely fantastic animated film about a little boy who can talk to ghosts, yet finds himself the source of ridicule for everyone in town. But when an ancient curse is unleashed, he may be the only one who is able to stop it. Paying homage to classic horror, this gleefully macabre fable spins a surprisingly rich tale about warping history and the consequences of bullying. Beautifully animated & endlessly clever.

  • Wadjda 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    Significant not only for being the very first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, it's also the first Saudi film to be directed by a woman and its first film submitted for Oscar consideration. It's a simple tale of a resourceful young girl who will do anything to buy a bicycle, despite her patriarchal society's repressive rules against women. A charming, likable film that is subtly subversive, gently pushing back against its country's strict Islamic law.