Tag Archives: 2011

Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

This was the third film set in Seattle and its environs that I’ve seen in the past week or two, with the first being Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) and the second being the revisionist superhero movie, Chronicle (2012). Safety Not … Continue reading

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Headhunters (Hodejegerne, 2011)

Headhunters is based on the novel by the popular Norwegian crime writer, Jo Nesbø. One of the production companies involved is Yellow Bird, which produced the Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. This film has a very stylish look, … Continue reading

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

I don’t watch many documentaries, I guess because if I’m looking for information about something, I prefer to read. The trailer for this one looked precious to me. I mean, even the title is precious. But I heard enough good … Continue reading

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Nobody Else But You (Poupoupidou, 2011)

This is a strange little film from France that is mostly an old-fashioned mystery that also has aspects of comedy and psychological study. It’s set in a small town in the frozen French Alps, which perhaps explains the comparison to … Continue reading

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The Fairy (La fée, 2011)

Well, this is an oddball film. Quirky almost to a fault. I became interested in it because of the trailer and went in knowing almost nothing else about it or its creators. Now having done a precursory bit of googling, … Continue reading

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The Lady (2011)

Last week it was the Luc Besson written & produced science fiction action movie, Lockout, and this week it was the Luc Besson directed political biopic, The Lady. What a difference a week makes! The Lady is an intensely moving … Continue reading

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The Raid: Redemption (Serbuan maut, 2011)

This is the first Indonesian movie I’ve ever seen, and I’m curious how it found its way into American theaters. Director Gareth Evans is a Welshman who has directed at least two previous feature films, one in Wales and another … Continue reading

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Hugo nominations

I’m filling out my Hugo Award Nomination Ballot (nothing like getting in right before the deadline), and I thought I’d share my nominations for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form), which is the only category I’m voting in other than the fan … Continue reading

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Oscar kudos

Congratulations to Rango for winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Film. In honor of the award, here’s the brief review I wrote after seeing it in the theater last March (just a few days before I started this blog, … Continue reading

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Pina (2011)

Well, here’s another film that I wish I liked better than I actually did. (See Meek’s Cutoff for a prior refrain of this.) I first became aware of the German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009) after seeing fragments of … Continue reading

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