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He said/she said: Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is an exhilarating and exhausting ride. It’s hard to distinguish what’s reality and what’s just fantasy, so you just have to take the movie for what it is: an intense, powerful look at coming into one’s self and the vulnerability that comes with it. The film centers around Nina Sayers (Natalie … Continue reading

Please Give

Please Give from writer-director Nicole Holofcener was a very thoughtful film that touched on the themes of death, family, adultery, self-esteem and beauty while remaining funny the whole way through. Holofcener excels at this type of deep, witty writing, i.e. Lovely & Amazing and Friends With Money. This film is about husband and wife Cathy … Continue reading

Piranha

Mainly out of boredom and a little bit of curiosity I watched this year’s Piranha from director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension). The plot is very similar to Jaws — an island town becomes invested with partying college kids during Spring Break. And an underwater quake opens the water’s bottom to another … Continue reading

He said/she said: Tangled

Tangled is the story of Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), snatched up by an evil, vain woman as a baby and trapped inside a tower for 18 years. Rapunzel has magic, healing hair which her kidnapper uses to stay young forever. By accident, Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi, lead on “Chuck”), a local thief, meets Rapunzel inside … Continue reading

Happy-Go-Lucky

Getting a glimpse into the life of Poppy, a 40-something elementary teacher in London, is exhausting to say the least. Saying Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is a cheerful person doesn’t begin to cut it. She is just in her own world all the time, very bubbly. Even in the face of problems, i.e. stolen bike and … Continue reading

He said/she said: Eat Pray Love

I caught up on a film I’ve been wanting to see since the summer — Eat Pray Love. My he said/she said co-reviewer Eric Robinette saw this film while in theaters and his comments are interspersed. The film is based on a book of the same name by Liz Gilbert. The book is the memoir … Continue reading

The Kids Are All Right

From director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) comes 2010’s The Kids Are All Right. The film’s about a lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) who have two children by the way of sperm donor Paul (Mark Ruffalo). Things get complicated when the children Joni (Mia Wasikowska), now 18, and … Continue reading