Thursday, April 14, 2011


My View:  Hanna (2011)   Over the past year, we have had a rash of movies (Sucker Punch, Kick-Ass) about young, tough females who are willing to duke it out and who don't hesitate to kill.  Hanna is a film where the protagonist is a 16 year-old girl, brought up in isolation in the Arctic Circle by her father, with the sole purpose of killing a CIA operative.  I liked Saoirse Ronan as Hanna and Cate Blanchett is fun to watch as Hanna's target / protagonist, but the movie, even with all its wild and exciting action sequences, just seems to drag in spots.  I also have trouble with a film where the main character is scared of electricity because she has never seen it before, but she can go into an internet cafe and figure out how to Google.   My Rating: Bargain Matinee  Hanna Info
The 50 (a movie from my best/worst films of all time):
#46 Best Film:
Murder, My Sweet (1944)  Directed by Edward Dmytryk, this film is a Film Noir detective movie at its best.  Private eye Phillip Marlowe (played by Dick Powell) is hired by a petty crook to find his former girlfriend.  What appears, at first, to be a simple case, becomes a web of lies, bribery and murder.  The film, with its intriguing Black and White Cinematography, shows a dark and gritty world that Marlowe has to intricately and schemingly navigate through.   Murder, My Sweet Info
Forgotten Film:  Mumford (1999)  The small town of Mumford gets a new psychologist, who coincidently has the same last name as the town.  The psychologist quickly endears himself to the workings of the town and its people while giving quirky advice to his patients and friends.  Things seem to be going well until Dr. Mumford starts falling in love with one of his patients (played by the lovely Hope Davis).  An all star cast of supporting characters (Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Mary McDonnell, Martin Short) make this a fun, quick witted comedy.  Mumford Info
In Case You Missed It (A Film Just Released on DVD):  Catfish (2011)  This is a documentary about a slightly naïve, young New York photographer who starts up an online relationship (very innocently, by the way) with an 8 year-old girl.  Through his relationship with the little girl, the main character meets her older sister, online, and a long distance romance between the two begins.  His friends then decide to film him to see what the online relationship is all about.  The true turning point occurs when the group of friends make an unexpected discovery  on a road trip they take to meet up with the new, mysterious girlfriend.  Part romance, part mystery with a little suspenseful thriller thrown in.   My Rating: Bargain Matinee  Catfish Info

Weird Credits:   From the credits of Hanna:  "Magic Consultant"

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You:  Something Borrowed (2011)  Cute Ginnifer Goodwin plays a girl who has had a crush on her girlfriend’s fiancée’ (Colin Egglesfield) since her college days.  Kate Hudson plays the soon-to-be-bride who always seems to get her way.  Will Goodwin finally tell her best friend’s fiancée how she feels about him, and will he go through with the marriage?  Something Borrowed Website
Until Next Time!

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