Monday, November 30, 2009
SIDELINE: MORE REVIEWS FOR 11/09
* An Education, the Nick Hornby-penned coming-of-age tale makes a real star out of Carey Mulligan. One of my favorite movies of the season.
* Fantastic Mr. Fox, the awesome realization of Wes Anderson's childhood.
* The Men Who Stare at Goats has a great cast--George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey--but doesn't have a complete script to match.
* Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, a melodrama that gets by on the strength of its acting, but the script's contrivances aren't quite up to the hype. I actually really liked Alison Hallett's review at the Mercury. You should read it.
* The Road, John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy.
* The Barbara Stanwyck Show, vol. 1, an unearthed television show starring the great actress. A little disappointing, but worth a look.
* The Dead, John Huston's final film finally comes to DVD, so why did Lionsgate screw it up so bad? Ten minutes missing? Did you leave it in your horse and buggy? Thankfully, I got an e-mail from Lionsgate and they are issuing replacements. I've added info to my review in case anyone needs to do a trade-in. Very good news!
* Funny People, the Judd Apatow drama was lost this summer, but proves an excellent DVD.
* Gilda Live!, Gilda Radner's live show from 1980.
* Johnny Mercer "The Dream's On Me", a documentary celebrating the 100th anniversary of the famous songwriter's birth.
* Lemon Tree, an effective Israeli drama about one woman's fight to protect her heritage.
* The Limits of Control, Jim Jarmusch's latest, a challenging and misunderstood journey through the artistic process.
* Toi & Moi, a romantic comedy starring Marion Cotillard that fails to generate any heat.