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  • The Descendants

    The Descendants

    ★★★★

    The movie starts with George Clooney's character complaining about how Hawaii isn't the picture perfect postcard tourist destination, then it goes on to show Hawaii as being a rather lovely place. He plays a man who is dealing with his wife being in a coma, his two troubled daughters, and the fact that his wife was having an affair. It's never easy.

    I guess because it's an Alexander Payne film, there's a lot of the "interesting people having troubles in…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★

    This is properly one of my favourite films. I also like the American remake, Wicker Park, but the original has a much darker ending, not the tearful lovey ending in the Hollywood version.

    It's essentially a story of a man and three women, but it's a bit more complicated than that (oh, how it's complicated). And there's a lot of Hitchcockian intrigue that keeps things nice and sense.

    There's a lot going on with the film being told in two…

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  • The Lifeguard

    The Lifeguard

    ★★

    I'm disappointed. I saw this based on an enthusiastic review from a film critic that showed up in my Tumblr feed. But I was let down. The film is about a young journalist (29, not 30) who quits her life in New York, moves back home with her parents, becomes a lifeguard and starts rooting a local 16-year-old hottie. That in itself is an intriguing premise, but the film didn't handle it well. It was too scripty, feeling like an…

  • Strictly Sexual

    Strictly Sexual

    ★★★

    It sounds like a porno, but it's a sweet indie (i.e. low-budget) romantic comedy about a couple of women who get a couple of men to be their gigolos... but don't count on falling in love. It's the most watched film on Hulu, and was surprisingly charming.