Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Two Mothers

Today I saw Two Mothers, starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright.

To read my review, visit Cinebanter.com.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Out of Print

Tonight I screened Out of Print, a documentary playing at the 39th Annual Seattle International Film Festival.

To read my review, visit Cinebanter.com.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mussels in Love

Tonight I screened Mussels in Love, a documentary that will play at the 39th Annual Seattle International Film Festival.

To read my review, visit Cinebanter.com.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's a Disaster

Tonight I saw It's a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles and David Cross.

Tracy (Stiles) and Glen (Cross) are on their third date, attending a "couples' brunch" at the home of Tracy's friends.

Because there are couples there is naturally drama and soon the group learns that one of the pairs are enduring a breakup. This causes an obvious tension among the guests until something more important interrupts them: a neighbor in a Hazmat suit. He's come to ask for spare batteries because the city is apparently under a chemical warfare attack. Everyone is instructed to stay inside and duct tape the airways as they face their own demise. Phones, electricity and Internet are all gone.

And just as in real life, when a crises occurs, everyone reacts in their own way. One friend is obsessed with learning who is doing this to them; another goes catatonic; some drink heavily; others have sex.

The calmest of the bunch is the outcast, Glen, who everyone likes, but no one really knows. The most out of control is Hedy (America Ferrera) who teaches high school chemistry, and realizes the dismal fate they're all facing.

Sounds gloomy, huh?

Not so much—it's more silly than depressing, and if they didn't bring up the "terrorist attack" in every other sentence, we probably would forget that they're all sure to die by nightfall.

The banter is enjoyable, but it does unfortunately feel like dozens of other indie films with unfaithful spouses and betrayals of friendship. The odd thing about this one is that it's a comedy, and the jokes are stronger than the characters.

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The Great Gatsby

On Thursday I saw The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

It will be the topic of our May Cinebanter show, so tune in later this month for our review.