BY Erika W. Smith in Movies on Dec 14, 2012 |
From the opening sequence of cutesy doodles set to Wilco’s “Heavy Metal Drummer,” it’s clear that Save the Date is a certain genre of rom com: the indie rom-com dramedy. Think 500 Days of Summer, Juno, Garden State, or anything Michael Cera has been in. I usually love these movies, but I didn't love Save the Date. Despite its indie soundtrack, likeable stars, and an adorable cat, Save the Date is never anything more than mediocre.
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BY Maggie Carr in Movies on Dec 10, 2012 |
Things are not good for Sweetness O’Hara. A shy, studious girl in a rough neighborhood, Sweetness (the captivating Zöe Kravitz) is bullied at school and alternately abused and ignored by her alcoholic father and mentally ill mother. When she finally hits her breaking point, things get even worse—if you can believe it.
Director Victoria Mahoney has cast a talented ensemble, featuring Precious star Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where ... Read More
BY Charlotte Dow in Movies on Nov 16, 2012 |
When I grow up, I want to be Estelle Craig.
Estelle “Stella” Craig is 95 and one of the most fascinating women I’ve come across in a long time. She is the subject of a documentary aptly titled STELLA IS 95, directed by her daughter, Robin Baker Leacock. The film follows her around in her daily activities in her Toronto retirement community and allows her to candidly talk about her life as an event planner, writer, and community ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr in Movies on Nov 12, 2012 |
It’s hard to pin down a woman with a gun (in more ways than one). Cathryne Czubek’s new documentary, A Girl and a Gun, takes on the historically complex relationship between American women and firearms—and the portrait that emerges may surprise those who expect another Bowling for Columbine.
Czubek captures some shockingly incongruous images—the mom with a baby in one arm and a shotgun in the other, the Tai Chi instructor proudly ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr in Boob Tube on Oct 19, 2012 |
“Blondes make the best victims,” Alfred Hitchcock once said. “They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.”
So begins The Girl, HBO’s deeply (and rightly) gnarly exploration of the fraught relationship between Hitchcock and arguably the most legendary of his blonde ingénues, Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller).Having happened upon the lovely Hedren in a TV commercial, “Hitch” (Toby Jones, best known ... Read More