Period film: Gangster Squad (2013)

“Every man carries a badge. Some symbol of his allegiance. His were the scars of a boxer who’d used his fists to climb the social ladder of the mob. A Jew who’d gained the respect of wops through a homicidal lust. He’d sworn an oath of violence. And his master? His own insatiable will to power. He wanted to own this town. His name was Mickey Cohen.” When we meet the infamous … Continue reading Period film: Gangster Squad (2013)

Period film: The Sapphires (2012)

The Sapphires opens with the shocking fact that until 1967, Australia’s indigenous population was not only denied citizenship, but also classified as “Flora and Fauna” rather than as humans. This is followed by a second title-card stating that until the 1970s, fair-skinned indigenous children were stolen from their homes to be raised by non-indigenous families. A third and final title-card states that this film is … Continue reading Period film: The Sapphires (2012)

Period film: The Book Thief (2013)

The year is 1938, and Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) is beginning a new life on a street named after Heaven in Germany. She’s been adopted by Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa Hubermann (Emily Watson). Her mother, an alleged communist, has been forced to flee the country in order to protect herself, leaving Liesel with a new family. Though she has some trouble adjusting to her … Continue reading Period film: The Book Thief (2013)

Period film: Populaire (2012)

Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) is a 21-year-old girl who helps her widower father run a store in a small French village. It is the spring of 1958, and all she wants to do is escape from the life she’s doomed to, ending the decade right with a new and exciting job as a secretary. She’s engaged to the son of her village’s mechanic, and she’s … Continue reading Period film: Populaire (2012)

Reviews in a line or two: Keith, Daddy’s Girl and Girl in Progress

Keith (2008) IMDb synopsis: “17-year-old Natalie thinks she’s got it all figured out until she falls for a guy who has nothing to lose.” Dir. Todd Kessler; Written by Kessler and David Zabel Starring Elisabeth Harnois and Jesse McCartney Keith is a bit lifetime-y and has sometimes been described as a gender-reversed version of A Walk to Remember, but don’t let that deter you: I … Continue reading Reviews in a line or two: Keith, Daddy’s Girl and Girl in Progress

The Woman in Black (2012)

Watched February 3, 2012 The Woman in Black (2012): 2.5/5 The world is full of stark contrasts, and it seems that such contrasts have begun to enter the world of my “new to me” movie-watching. As you may have read, yesterday I watched one thriller that I enjoyed very much: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). But alas, the whole day in film couldn’t go so well. … Continue reading The Woman in Black (2012)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) and Wife Versus Secretary (1936)

Watched January 21, 2012 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011): 3.7/5 This review contains a few spoilers of minor elements of the film. Also, keep in mind that I have not read the book! Let’s start with the positives: Newcomer Thomas Horn as Oskar, Max von Sydow as The Renter and John Goodman in the very small role of Stan the Doorman give stellar performances. … Continue reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) and Wife Versus Secretary (1936)

What to Watch: Redbox

These recommendations are based on the Redbox location nearest to me — please keep in mind that the selection varies by location, and changes often! THE IDES  OF MARCH (2011) – With all the buzz already gathering over the 2012 presidential election, there’s no better way to get in the voting spirit (months ahead of time) than by watching a political drama. It’s become a … Continue reading What to Watch: Redbox

Lindsey’s Lists: Anticipating in 2012, Part II

In Part I, I shared three films I’m looking forward to that will be released in the next month. Here’s another three-film installment to my “Anticipating in 2012” list, this time featuring slightly more distant release dates. 4. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax; March 2, 2012 – If the “Dr. Seuss” addition to the title wasn’t enough of a clue for you, this is an animated … Continue reading Lindsey’s Lists: Anticipating in 2012, Part II

Lindsey’s Lists: Anticipating in 2012, Part I

Originally published on recollective.tumblr.com, January 15, 2012 It’s certainly no secret that I prefer old films over new releases, but that doesn’t stop me from hitting the local $5 matinee for new releases a couple of times a month. 2011 was, in my opinion, a pretty good year for movies. The number of new releases that I watched and enjoyed was the largest it has … Continue reading Lindsey’s Lists: Anticipating in 2012, Part I