January’s movies reviewed

  • "So ein Flegel" (Robert A. Stemmle, 1934)
    The first film adaptation of Heinrich Spoerl’s "Feuerzangenbowle" also stars Heinz Rühmann and makes for an interesting comparison to the 1944 classic. (C+)
     
  • "Get Over It" (Tommy O’Haver, 2001)
    I actually enjoyed this very 90s teen comedy a lot. It has everything from an opening number by Vitamin C to Sisqo to Martin Short channeling Brian Setzer to a rad Shakespeare musical!
     
  • "Tomboy" (Céline Sciamma, 2011)
    A fascinating and wonderfully acted drama about (gender) identity and being a kid. (A-)
     
  • "Love and Other Drugs" (Edward Zwick, 2010)
    Eh. Too long, tries to hard to be funny or sexy, ends up being neither, really. (C)
     
  • "EuroTrip" (Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, 2004)
    A modern classic. I simply love this film. (A)
     
  • "Paper Man" (Kieran and Michele Mulroney, 2009)
    Surprisingly touching, Ryan Reynolds steals it. (B)
     
  • "Rango" (Gore Verbinski, 2011)
    A western that happens to be animated, not the other way around. And it’s a pretty good western. (B)
     
  • "Moneyball" (Bennett Miller, 2011)
    Any film that makes me care about baseball is quite the accomplishment. Well crafted, solid script, enjoyable performances. (B)
     
  • "Trucker" (James Mottern, 2008)
    The only reason I watched this was Michelle Monaghan, and, well, I was not disappointed. You will survive without having seen it. (C+)
     
  • "The Guard" (John Michael McDonagh, 2011)
    Fantastic! Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle go perfect together in this dark and twisted answer to the buddy cop movie. (A-)
     
  • "Pina" (Wim Wenders, 2011)
    What more can I say? I love it. Seek it out if you haven’t seen it. (A)
     
  • "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (Werner Herzog, 2005)
    I wanted to see this in 3D, but sadly never got the chance. Still, the images are beautiful and Herzog’s approach is as intriguing as ever. (B+)
     
  • "The Help" (Tate Taylor, 2011)
    Could not win me over. Yes, the cast, from Spencer, Davis, Stone and Chastain to Janney, Spacek and Steenburgen is impeccable, but they can’t do much about mediocre script and direction. (C+)
     
  • "Another Earth" (Mike Cahill, 2011)
    Strong first feature from Chahill and writer/star Brit Marling, this is an intimate, compelling drama. (B+)
     
  • "A Better Life" (Chris Weitz, 2011)
    Watched this because of Demián Bichir’s Oscar nomination. A competent issues drama, no more, no less. (B-)
     
  • "The Artist" (Michel Hazanavicius, 2011)
    Oh, I don’t know, I liked it? A lot, even? I certainly had a lot of fun in the cinema while watching it… Ahem. (B, I guess?)
     
  • "Une vie de chat" (Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol, 2010)
    Sweet. One of the best animated features of the year? No. (C+)
     
  • "Red State" (Kevin Smith, 2011)
    Intense, if nothing else. Very, very intense. (B-/C+)
     
  • "Puss In Boots" (Chris Miller, 2011)
    Somehow I found this very odd for a supposed children’s movie. Looks nice enough, though. (C+)
     
  • "La piel que habito" (Pedro Almodóvar, 2011)
    Had some lengths, but all in all I liked it. Maybe my favorite score of the year. (B-)
     

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