Monthly Archives: July 2012
Movie Experts founder Dave Henriques participates in radio interview for Daybreak Montreal, explaining how Disney sees Canada as the 51st state, and attempts to force stores to hold back rentals so that consumers are forced to purchase copies of new movies. It’s a pretty concise explanation of the issues, including the differences between video rentals in the two countries. The biggest difference between the two markets is that the U.S. has allowed kiosks like Redbox to devalue studio product by renting it for .99 cents, whereas these kiosks are few and far between in Canada.
Full 8 minute interview can be heard HERE.
A reminder to everyone who hasn’t been able to sign our in-store petition that Canada’s independent stores have an online petition site set up, where you can also add your voice in support of stores.
First off, Detachment was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. It’s not pretty, it’s not cheery, but it has some incredible, uncompromising scenes portraying the lives of inner city students and teachers. Adrian Brody continues to solidify my opinion of him as one of the best actors in the business.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was another one that caught me by surprise. I really figured it would be a chore to get through, but the chemistry between Emily Blunt and Ewen MacGregor was fantastic. This alone propels the movie to the next level. Really entertaining, feel good movie.
My sleeper pick this week would have to be “Lockout”. From the cover it looked like a throwaway action flick, but it turned out to be a gem. Produced and conceived by Luc Besson, it had just enough of an offbeat tone to make it feel fresh. Combining some rapid fire humor by Guy Pearce and some quirky characters, this one is well-worth a watch.
Friends With Kids was another one that really caught me by surprise. I was expecting another cookie cutter rom-com, but this had a decently written script and was very watchable. Although there was some comedy in the film, much of it took on a pretty serious tone when progressing the story.
Three Stooges…what can you say. Much of whether you like this or not depends on your tolerance for slapstick humor. The Farrelly brothers capture the spirit of the Stooges perfectly. They stay true to form, giving the trio a stage to play their antics against a fairly light-hearted story. The good news is, much of this stuff appeals to kids, and they made sure to retain a family friendly rating. Good pick if you need something for the whole family.
American Reunion was a “reboot” of sorts for this franchise. After the first three films with it’s regular cast, things kind of went off the rails as a series of mediocre spinoff films followed. I must admit it was kind of a novelty to see the original cast back in their old roles, looking a bit older (but not necessarily wiser). In that sense, the movie plays it safe, recycling a similar vibe with old gags given a twist for the update. It has some genuinely funny moments, to be sure. This formula, however, is kind of a crutch, and I couldn’t help thinking that this is all starting to feel old. In the end, it will be a movie that most fans will enjoy.
Being Flynn was a marvelous film. It’s probably the best role Robert DeNiro has had since This Boy’s Life. Based on the memoirs of writer Nick Flynn, whose father, a one-time criminal, and lifelong aspiring writer, ended up homeless and living on the streets, eventually wandering into the shelter where Nick works. The film has a mix of drama and caustic dark humor that is perfect for anyone looking for an arthouse film which is a bit more accessible. The performances are rock solid, and the fact that it’s based on a true story really gives some credibility. My favorite for the week
Margaret was an interesting film. It begins like a slap in the face, with Anna Paquin’s character Lisa witnessing an accident that she partially causes, and from there unfolds with her becoming more and more erratic as she deals with the aftermath. There are some wonderfully written scenes that expose Lisa as a spoiled rich girl who, on the surface, wants to do the right thing, but can’t seem to get out of her own way. My only beef with the movie was that it was too long, and there were too many redundant scenes smothering the really good ones. Trimmed by 30-40 minutes, this would have been a real gem. Otherwise, it’s a bit flawed with plenty of potential.
Seeking Justice was an above-average thriller about a man who gets roped into joining a vigilante group after the rape of his wife. The plot actually turned out to be quite a bit more complex than expected, and the movie delivers some decent tension.
Jesus Henry Christ was a neat little indie flick that blends some coming-of-age themes with the “who’s my biological dad” trope, and sprinkles in a bit of magic realism. The result is a refreshing and heartwarming story about a boy genius who just wants a normal family. The story actually might appeal to younger viewers, but parents should be aware of the “spicy” language at times.
God Bless America was my favorite movie this week. It’s a scathing parody of just about everything that is wrong with modern Western culture, especially what it calls “entertainment”. The movie bounces back and forth between scenes that are played for self-referential absurdity, and straight faced attacks on the dumbing down of just about everyone in society. The monologues by lead actor Joel Murray are some of the best I’ve heard in a long time. It may not be for everyone’s taste, but those who like it are going to like it a lot. Great flick.