Posts Tagged powerful

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Friday, February 8, 2013 No Comments

It’s a shame Quvenzhané Wallis will in all likelihood not win the award for best actress, because she was phenomenal in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Her character was extremely visceral and endearing, and it was all thanks to her brilliant performance. The movie itself was equally as powerful, with its gritty atmosphere and compelling […]

The Impossible

The Impossible

Friday, January 4, 2013 No Comments

The powerful tone of The Impossible was set excellently. And throughout the film, the atmosphere was consistently heart-wrenching with a dash of hope (mind you, with a story about the aftermath of a tsunami, causing the tear ducts to well up was not a difficult feat). Furthermore, the acting was great, though I wish Ewan […]

Take Shelter

TIFF ’11: Take Shelter

Monday, September 19, 2011 No Comments

I’ve decided, I don’t like Inception style (is X real or is X not) endings. I prefer a story that actually ends, that resolves the events that transpired. Now, in cases like Inception and Footnote, the movie was strong enough that the ending wasn’t the biggest deal. Regarding Take Shelter, a bleak, unnerving and powerful […]


The Help

Monday, August 15, 2011 No Comments

Period pieces are an interesting type of film, requiring the environments, actors and even the attitudes to appear as they did back in the day. While I can’t confirm the accuracy of The Help, the story of three women who compile a book of stories recalled by black housekeepers to expose ingrained racism in Jackson, […]



Monday, April 4, 2011 No Comments

Conviction is the compelling true story of a woman who, against all odds, struggles to exonerate her brother. It’s a powerful film with gripping acting on the parts of Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, and pretty much the entire cast. Honestly, this film was brilliantly acted from head to toe! Now, could the story have used […]

Mao's Last Dancer

Mao’s Last Dancer

Friday, March 11, 2011 No Comments

You know something, up until this year I don’t think I’ve watched any film about ballet. I’ve seen two in the past few months, and they were both good, if not great. The most recent one, Mao’s Last Dancer, is the riveting true story of dancer Li Cunxin. If I had one problem with the […]

Road to oscars Best director

Road to the Oscars: Best Director

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 No Comments

My Pick: David Fincher, The Social Network I was lucky enough to see the work of each nominated director in this year’s category, and picking a winner isn’t easy out of this accomplished group. Fincher’s sharp directorial work bringing The Social Network to life made for one of the most realistic, informative, and groundbreaking films […]


Precious Life

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 No Comments

A film that feels like a microcosm of daily life for Israelis, and Palestinians who spend an extended period with Israelis, Precious Life is a documentary following the story of a Palestinian baby who undergoes a lifesaving procedure in Israel. Though most of the film follows the Mustafa family’s struggle to cope with the potential […]

Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 1 Comment

In Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence, who acted very admirably, is trying to find her father whose house will be seized if he misses his court date. Now, the movie wasn’t perfect by any measure. It was very slow at times, especially the first thirty minutes or so, and the deep middle-American intonations made it tricky […]

The King's Speech

The King’s Speech

Monday, December 20, 2010 3 Comments

The story in The King’s Speech seems really trivial at first. A Duke who stammers when he speaks as the main plot line doesn’t seem like a very strong story. But, it’s so much more than that. His speech impediment was crippling to the point where he had very little self-confidence. This type of paralyzing […]

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