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This site was borne of my passion for movies, particularly French films. I have spent time in France and am fluent in the language, hence the “le”. The “snob” part, while of French origin, is not meant to intimidate, but rather an effort to reclaim the word from the pretentious, just as the gay community has done with the word “queer.” We’re all snobs; we all like what we like.
A Brilliant Young Mind – Because “x+y” Is Too Mathy A Title For America

A Brilliant Young Mind – Because “x+y” Is Too Mathy A Title For America

Ah oui, Le Movie Snob is de retour with a British movie about …math! Try to contain your excitement, it’s not so much about math, or maths as the Brits call it to double the pain, as it is about a mildly autistic teenager whose extraordinary mathematical talents help him cope with the loss of his father. Which happened when he was just a boy. In a car ...

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Why I’m So Over The Oscars

Why I’m So Over The Oscars

Like a sheep drawn by Le Petit Prince, I will watch the Oscars tomorrow night.  I’ll probably even tweet (Barbie@lemoviesnob) during the ceremony. But I won’t be dazzled by who wins what or who’s wearing whom. Last year was the first year in many I missed the Oscar ceremony.  I was at the True/False documentary film festival and was persuaded to catch a late screening of The Notorious ...

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Paulette –  Bad Grandma

Paulette – Bad Grandma

The plot of Paulette is not new. The story of a senior citizen choosing drug dealing as a means to supplement their social security was the plot of the 2000 movie "Saving Grace" which starred Brenda Blethyn.

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L’Chaim:  To Life! & SlingShot:  Blame Your Parents

L’Chaim: To Life! & SlingShot: Blame Your Parents

  Contemporary psychology encourages us not to blame our parents for how we live our lives.  While I agree with this as an aspiration, it’s not as easy as it sounds. There is wonderful scene in Jennifer Westfeldt’s (Jon Hamm’s girlfriend) movie Ira & Abby  where a couple trying to work out their issues have a meeting with their therapists -and their parents and their parents’ therapists. When the aforementioned ...

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Cupcakes (Bananot) – Sweeter than Apples and Honey!

Cupcakes (Bananot) – Sweeter than Apples and Honey!

  This is a movie that can be toasted with L’Chaim! Cupcakes is a welcome reprieve from Israeli movies about the Holocaust and terrorism.  It is a fabulous sugar rush of saturated colors, a celebration of life, and it asks us to reconsider what it really means to win. Anat (Anat Waxman- all the principals share their first names with their characters) has neglected her husband by spending too ...

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