Compilation Post: Catching up at home…

Recently I have tried to catch up on several films that I missed at the theater and they are stacking up–so again, I resort to another compilation post.  I was actually disappointed in most, so this should be quick.  😀

Arthur Christmas

I LOVED IT!!  Why didn’t I see this last year?  I do not know, but I missed out.  I am a huge fan of Aardman Studios and they do not disappoint.  This is an original take on Santa and the North Pole with a wonderful, heartfelt story in the center.  It has quickly become a new traditional Christmas film to watch every year!   The voice talent is awesome and you will find yourself laughing and tearing up a bit.  This was the treasure in the bunch!

 

Sound of My Voice

I was very excited about this one!  I loved Brit Marling‘s Another Earth and thought the premise was very creative and intriguing.  Well I loved 95% of this film–all the way up to the last 3 minutes!! What a bummer.  Not many films can ruin an entire narrative in the closing moments…but SOMV does it.  I can not even like the rest of it because the ending is SO unsatisfying.  I am truly getting tired of indie films constant use of ambiguous endings.  Guess what guys?  It is not creative and inventive…it is LAZY screenwriting!  A good story should have a good ENDING!  Geez.  **Deep sigh**

 

Your Sister’s Sister

Another one I was looking forward to–I am a big fan of Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass–and although this one was not as frustrating (still had the “leave you hanging” ending **eye roll**) as SOMV, it just did not quite capture me.  I did not really care for any of these characters and when you do not care it is not all that interesting.  I enjoyed the chemistry between Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt, as sisters, but overall it rates a “meh”.

 

Savages

BOO!! This was soooo bad!  This was a total waste of talent–all the way around!  Oliver Stone has lost his touch.   Avoid this trash.  It does not even merit any more of my words.

 

 

Lawless

**Deep sigh**  Again.  I have to really think hard to remember this film.  Yup.  It is forgettable.  And you would think with this amazing cast that would not be the case.  Well, we were wrong.   Yes, there are fine performances, but nothing works here.  The characters are shallow and no one has any chemistry with each other–the narrative  just seems to wander and even the action is lackluster.  The ending?  Dumb. Oh, well.

 

That’s it.  Told you it would be quick.  Pretty disappointing set of films, but right now I am in the middle of my annual Christmas viewings and having a jolly good time.  Thinking I might put up a post with a list of all my seasonal favorites…that would be fun!   Happy Holidays!

 

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Another Earth is a strong, beautiful debut from promising new talent!

This is science fiction at its best–not muddled with robots or aliens–but rooted in humanity. With a unique angle and wonderful performances, Another Earth propels itself past the typical (it has a familiar core) and becomes extraordinary.  It is a quiet, simple narrative with an unexpected science fiction twist, that will move you.  

Writer/Director Mike Cahill has an photographer’s eye.  Many of the shots are beautifully captured–with little details highlighted–and he has an easy style. But the revelation here–the discovery, is Brit Marling, who not only shines as the lead, but also co-wrote the screenplay. Very impressive!  Marling is a natural and draws you in, close to her character and her raw emotions. Opposite of her is William Mapother, who is a great actor and shines in his role.

I usually roll my eyes at the end of most indie films–you know the ones, the artists that use ambiguity to prove they’re so creative and clever–when most of time it comes across as lazy and a cop-out–but I loved Another Earth’s ending.  Some may find it too ambiguous, but this time I thought it was right.  I think it is up to the viewer to interpret what it means.  You will understand when you watch it.  And watch it you must, especially if you want to experience something atypical and lovely. 

It has easily landed in my Top 10 list of 2011.