Archive for February, 2011

Cecilia Roth (Manuela), Marisa Paredes (Huma Rojo), Penélope Cruz (Hermona Rosa), Atonia San Juan (Agrado), Candela Pena (Nina). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 101 minutes. I don’t understand anything about All About My Mother, except for the fact it is an absolutely incredible, outrageously powerful work of art. […]


James Franco (Allen Ginsberg), David Strathairn (Ralph McIntosh). Screenplay by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Rating: 15. Running time: 84 minutes. ‘… who let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with joy.’ Poetry, obscenity, or both? Howl might still be provocative today, but imagining […]


I’m done! More than thirty cinema trips later, from Shutter Island way back last March to Inception in the summer and finally The Fighter, I’ve now taken full advantage of my first full year living in a city and have seen for the first time every Best Picture nominee before the winners have even been […]


Mark Wahlberg (Micky Ward), Christian Bale (Dicky Eklund), Amy Adams (Charlene Fleming), Melissa Leo (Alice Ward). Screenplay by Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy and Scott Silver. Directed by David O. Russell. Rating: 15. Running time: 115 minutes. I feel no shame in declaring The Fighter a pleasant surprise: an albeit predictable boxing film, but also one that […]


Jeff Bridges (Rooster Cogburn), Hailee Steinfeld (Mattie Ross), Matt Damon (LaBoeuf), Josh Brolin (Tom Chaney). Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Rating: 15. Running time: 110 minutes. I think I can say, almost with certainty, that it is only the combination of the Coens and Jeff Bridges that could […]


Carey Mulligan (Kathy), Andrew Garfield (Tommy), Keira Knightley (Ruth), Sally Hawkins (Miss Lucy). Screenplay by Alex Garland. Directed by Mark Romanek. Rating: 12. Running time: 103 minutes. Never Let Me Go is a film shamelessly conscious of its own melodrama, but it is also a film totally justified in amplifying the tragedy of its subject […]


Andy Lau (Inspector Lau Kin Ming), Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Chen Wing Yan), Sammi Cheng (Mary), Anthony Wong Chau-Sang (SP Wong Chi Shing). Screenplay by Felix Chong and Alan Mak. Directed by Alan Mak and Wai-keung Lau. Rating: 15. Running time: 101 minutes. Watching a Hong Kong film from the perspective of the Western world […]