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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.
Captivated:  The Trials Of Pamela Smart – When Orange Was Still Orange

Captivated: The Trials Of Pamela Smart – When Orange Was Still Orange

  In 1990: we had less than 100 channels to watch trials were reported using only drawings judges didn’t have their own TV shows “Reality TV” meant “The News” teachers sleeping with their students was not commonplace … and if a spouse wanted to kill their partner, it was major news, not just another 20/20,  Dateline, or 48 Hours (that was the title of a movie!) It was ...

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The One I Love –  The One Summer Movie I Liked

The One I Love – The One Summer Movie I Liked

After seeing The One I Love, I was concerned that moviegoers would be denied the reward of seeing this movie without their chosen critics spoiling the fun. Donc, I am happy to see that most reviews for The One I Love are brief and/or include spoiler alerts. I recommend seeing The One I Love now on VOD before it is released theatrically on the 22nd of August. While ...

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A Most Wanted Man – A Most Missing Star

A Most Wanted Man – A Most Missing Star

    Another week, another release receiving raves; remember Life Itself from two weeks ago? Unwarranted in the opinion of Le Movie Snob.  I’m not looking to be disappointed, but my standards keep me from jumping on the bandwagon. While I believe a movie should be able to exist independent of its circumstances, it’s hard to watch A Most Wanted Man and not think of its late star, ...

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Life Itself – The Book Is Always Better

Life Itself – The Book Is Always Better

  When the time comes for Le Movie Snob’s biopic, I want a director like Steve James to recap my life. He will tell the tale of how my mother bought me the books banned by my elementary school and how she announced as much to the censorious principal. He will describe how my father took me to R rated movies as a child, inviting speculation on its ...

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Mea Culpa – How to Make A Thriller, Gallic Style

Mea Culpa – How to Make A Thriller, Gallic Style

  It would be so easy on this 70th anniversary of D-Day to accuse the French of simply imitating the very American genre of action-thriller movie with Mea Culpa. All the familiar elements are there: BFF cops, whose competence is unrecognized by frat-boy colleagues and idiot chief cops are failures at love child of one of the cops in danger child is under 10 with innocent doe eyes ...

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Chef – Not Top

Chef – Not Top

    You know when you’ve made plans to go out to dinner with someone but you haven’t decided where you want to go?  One of you asks the other where they want to go and they say they don’t care and ask you, and your answer is that you don’t care, but then when you suggest someplace and they say “no,” and then this dialogue repeats for ...

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NYMPH()MANIAC:   Vol. I – Chapter 1: The Emperor’s Latest Collection

NYMPH()MANIAC: Vol. I – Chapter 1: The Emperor’s Latest Collection

  If you are not familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” you can become so here or allow me to spoil it for you:   Two Project Runway runners-up promise to make clothes for the king that will be invisible those subjects of his who are incompetent or stupid. This Mimewear™, if you will, is really one suit:  his birthday suit.  No one calls out the ...

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NYMPH()MANIAC: Vol. I – Prologue

  Most Movie Snobs with whom I have spoken and corresponded have expressed aucun désire in seeing the two-part opus from the Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II. They have expressed the aforementioned sentiment without even asking about “the sex scenes.” La Classe I was reluctant to see them myself.  But, since the movie falls squarely within my niche, I felt a professional duty to ...

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Le Week-End- How long this movie feels

   Jim Broadbent plays Nick Burrows, Lindsay Duncan his wife Meg.  They are going off to Paris to celebrate their 30th anniversary by reliving their honeymoon. It feels like they’ve been married much longer. They are coming from Moseley, a suburb of  Birmingham, England, a dreary city where Nick teaches at the Polytechnic at Birmingham University.  Nick is not happy at his job and has not yet told ...

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Gloria – Why isn’t anybody callin’?

This Chilean feature has an esteemed 7.1 rating on its imdb page, I learned that imdb.com is not an oracle. It has a rating of  99% on Rotten Tomatoes. I am a member of the 1%!!! Consequently and reasonably, I was anticipating a pleasant movie; I should have reminded myself that high expectations are the root of unhappiness . After 110 excruciating minutes, I came away with three messages from this movie: ...

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