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: 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

Reviews in a line or two: 2012 releases (Flight, Lincoln, Les Mis and Jack Reacher)

Prepare for blasphemy. I’m about to give one the most beloved/critically acclaimed/award-buzzed films of the year a lower score than a Tom Cruise movie, in this installment of Reviews in a Line or Two Ten. Flight (2012) Dir: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Denzel Washington I tagged along to the theater with my dad to see this and knew next to nothing about it going in, except … Continue reading Reviews in a line or two: 2012 releases (Flight, Lincoln, Les Mis and Jack Reacher)

Reviews in a line or two: Here Comes the Boom, Teeth and St. Trinians

Here Comes the Boom (2012) dir. Frank Coraci; written by Kevin James, Rock Reuben and Allan Loeb starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler and Bas Rutten Before you rag on me for watching a Happy Madison film, let it be known that Henry Winkler is 99% of the reason I decided to see this film. (The other 1% is accounted for by the fact … Continue reading Reviews in a line or two: Here Comes the Boom, Teeth and St. Trinians