A film by Gus Van Sant
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara
John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) who has a serious drinking problem gets in a car accident and survive with serious injuries. On the rocky road of recovery discover and heals himself with controversial drawing.
John Callahan (1951-2010), an alcoholic who, following a drunk-driving accident at the age of 21, spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. Callahan also became a controversial cartoonist for the a newspaper in Oregon. It is hard to do a story on an alcoholic and make it interesting. This is the film that comes full circle with the addiction of alcohol and the destruction of life that don’t have easy resolutions. A great film by Gus Van Sant who thankfully put to work more than a few screenwriters to pull this off. Callahan’s repeated reference to being abandoned by his mother and adopted has an excuse for his problems and addiction. But like he said I started to drink at age 13, I liked it! I liked it a lot. Well he had to blame someone for that. It is just an excuse. The film show the 12 steps program with the use of flashback. Here Jonah Hill who plays Donnie a rich kid who was an alcoholic is now the master of this 12 step program. By the way he lost some serious weight and he delivered a superb performance. It was a joy to see him doing some serious acting for a change. There are some funny moments at times Callahan falling into a bush after going on a skateboard maneuver in his motorized wheelchair, A nurse sitting on his face well I will say no more you will have to see the film. What I like about Gus van Sant is he is not using the studio system. He does his films on his own terms. Callahan becomes a cartoonist the one with the dark sense of humour and not everybody liked his drawing. A terrific independent film here not to be missed. I’ll drink that, Ha!ha!ha!
A film by David Lowery
Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr.
This tale of a man who dies young and comeback as a ghost to linger around the property where he and his wife once lived is bound to be one of the most original film of the year. I did even see the trailer and did not want to know anything about this film I said to myself I am going to see this film, and you will need to see this film a second time just in case you missed something.
The film is so charming here and has purity and theme is so simple not even too much dialog just watch and take it all in. You see this couple talking to each other at their house . everything is fine but the film goes back and forth it in time of some sort. The the inevitable happens C gets in an accident right in the front of his house and dies. M Is devastated but C wakes up in the morgue and wonders as a ghost. Until he find a path way that opens for him to get in and move on to the next life. But instead goes home and follows M. But the film is a bit confusing jumping from one time line to another. It looks like C is trying to get answers that we all want to know but he does seems to get them either . The film is like that you are going to love it or hate it there is not in between.
A film by Garth Davis
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, 1,600 kilometres away from home. He survives despite all of it but then gets adopted by an Australian family and begins his new life.
The true story of this boy who was in India Calcutta lost and survives than get adopted by an Australian family. It is a simple story here. The one that is crucial here is the connection of the family from India and the one from Australia. Five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar), who suddenly finds himself separated from his brother and left lost and alone. What google earth played a big part for Saroo to find his family ? Amazing !!!!!
Sunny Pawar is a natural here you want him to succeed in finding his family. You have to understand the terror and the confusion plus the other elements who does he trust? how is he going to eat? and how is he going to find his way home not being able to speak the language. But later he realise that his family will not be able to find him. Later on in an orphanage that took him in gets him adopted by an Australian family. By the time we meet Dev Patel as the grown up Saroo, living a privileged life with his adoptive parents in Tasmania 20 years later. Patel delivers an outstanding performance here. The smart young man embarking on a hotel management course in Melbourne. But when he sees the brightly coloured traditional Indian sweet Jalebi, his memory jungles back in India that is going to make him to find out about himself and try to find his family. Of course he fall in love with an Australian girl. The film goes on and drags a little when Saroo is trying to find the village he was from but it is still interesting how he find out. There will be time of sadness and happiness during this film.
A film by Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
The book, “The Price of Salt,” eventually published in 1952 under a pseudonym has finally come to life at the movies. We know the author of the book is Patricia Highsmith. Carol is a lesbian sub-culture of the 1950s closet kind of film.
Therese (Rooney Mara) works behind the toy counter at a department store in New York City. She has a sort-of boyfriend (Jake Lacy), and a fun group of pals (all men), but there is something about her attitude behind that counter that suggests Therese is waiting … for what she doesn’t know, and what the does not know is coming soon. An elegant Blonde comes to the counter and somehow some sparks flies but the transaction that is going to take place is business like and a little flirtatious. The there is Harge (Kyle Chandler) and Harge and Carol (Cate Blanchett) are separated, and fighting over access to their young daughter. There is some friction between the two because they are fighting for the custody of their child. Therese and Carol takes off on a trip where it is going to be revealing that the relationship will go to an other level.
The thing is this film is about relationship, and loneliness, it is film in a manner of a film noir here. It is also about the late 40’s where lesbian relationship were deep in the closet and taboo. Harge is lonely but still loves his wife and wants to get back together of course he is selfish, in the other hand Carol knows where she stands but she knows not too come out of the closet because they will be consequences. Therese who does not know where she stand has a boyfriend but not really in love with him, it looks like she is trying to find out someone who will listen to her. Back then man was in control of their relationship but women was living in the shadows of the husband. Everybody in this film is lonely as hell and are trying to figure out how to fix things where it might be already too late.
A film by Stephen Daldry
Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura
3 kids who lives by garbage dumps work there to and picks up plastic anything that is plastic and put it in a trash bag to be recycled. They are from Brazil. one of them makes a stunning discovery a wallet full of cash. Little did they know that their lives are about to change.
Here is a film in the style of Slumdog millionaire. It is from Andy Mulligan’s novel. Here is a director who has it right. He went to the poor neighborhood in Brazil and told the story as is. It is center on the kids that lives in poverty and their acting was flawless and for a kid this has to be hard work to be almost in every frame of the movie. They are kids who have no education nor future. Politician who are corrupt not helping the poor, than you have the police who is corrupt also that does not help. In brazil I was told that there is a corrupted politicians. So the poor on one side and the rich on the other. Nobody cares for the poor. There is a sense of hope in the movie which is nice. Outstanding for the acting for the kids, as well as Martin Sheen. The tension is there and continue during the film continuously. The suspense runs throughout the film also. It could be more realistic but it is entertaining no doubt. I do not want to say more than that just in case you didn’t see the film. It is a fine piece of film with a good ending.
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A film by Steven Soderbergh.
Cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law.
As the film opens, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara, divested of her “Dragon Tattoo” accoutrements) is anxiously awaiting the return of husband Martin (Channing Tatum) after a four-year prison stretch for insider trading. The 2 are still in love and Martin is making an effort to get back on track and make some money. But he comes to find out that his wife is depressed an tries to kill herself by running the car through a wall.There, she is treated by psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), who prescribes a wide variety of the usual pharmaceutical suspects — Zoloft, Effexor, Wellbutrin — to control her symptoms. But while she experiences many of the common side effects (sleepwalking, altered sex drive), none of these medications help her. Banks consults Emily’s former therapist, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and she suggests trying a new drug on the market called Ablixa. Now if you guessed the opening of the is film you will know what’s coming I did. And I thought it was going to be about drugs and would be an interesting story. But it is still good going the other way. Although the film keeps Humming along just find. Soderbergh is going to take a break for a couple years to let his batterie recharge and get a new film out that could be better and smarter. be sure to look for his next one (before he takes a break) the life of Liberace.