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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

  It’s the day after Christmas, and while Jews and musical theater nuts are popping Tums as they digest their Chinese dinners and Les Misérables (hopefully the two didn’t overlap). Just as the Christmas decorations now spring up before you’ve bought the Halloween Candy, before we have a chance to reflect upon the past year and ring in 2013, (and barring some horrific “bleeding leading” tragedy like Sandy ...

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Le Movie Snob’s Top Ten List Of Movies Purposefully Avoided in 2012

Le Movie Snob, like every other movie critic, is about to publish a best movies of the year list. While ruminating over my cinematic memories of this past year, I came up with an idea for a preview that is perfectly suited for Le Movie Snob.  It is intended to be an ersatz warm-up act to the highly anticipated announcement of my best movie list that I fear ...

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The Big Picture Crops Out Its Audience With An Unfocused Title

  Adaptation can be a tricky thing.  I thought this movie had the worst possible title, especially considering it is not even remotely equivalent to the title it has in the country that produced it. The French title of this movie is L’Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie which literally translates to The Man Who Wanted To Live His Life.  Not only is that a grammatically correct full sentence in English, ...

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Holy Motors is a Sacré Bordel!

  I have never seen a movie with so much WTF going on inside and outside the cinéma. I had some unusually disparate reactions to this movie.   To paraphrase one of my favorite buttons:  just because a movie surprises you doesn’t mean it’s a good movie.  I may be the only movie critic with this opinion- stay tuned. Before I tell you any more, know that no ...

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A Late Quartet- Never Would Have Been Better

  There’s a line in Anchorman where the egotistical protagonist Ron Burgundy is flabbergasted when the colleague he’s trying to seduce Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) has no idea he’s famous.  “I’m very important.” (Didn’t think Le Movie Snob would ever reference that flick, non?) Anchorman was a comedy; Ron Burgundy’s pomposity was hysterical. A Late Quartet also has pompous characters, but it is not a comedy.  Not even ...

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The Siren of the Tropics and The Other (other) Josephine

      Josephine Baker has been an idol of mine since I was a child.  That she was born on my half-birthday (June 3rd), is from my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, and became a star in France sparked my affinity for her.  Learning the details of her life deepened my admiration. I proudly defended her my junior year of high school when my English class was given ...

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The Day I Saw Your Heart

      The Day I Saw Your Heart (Et Soudain Tout le Monde Me Manque) is a charming little film that has all the right ingredients but lacks that certain je ne sais quoi to make it a great movie. Director Jennifer Devoldère is the French version of American director Nancy Meyers.  They both aspire to make more meaningful than average rom-coms, assemble stellar casts, and it ...

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Paul Williams: Still Alive or How to Convince Your Idol You’re Not a Stalker So You Can Film a Documentary About Them

  If you can instantly recognize and name the man in this photo, we belong to the same tribe. Among his literal myriad accomplishments, his celebrity is a clear demarcation line of a generation gap. For those tenderfeet who humiliate our tribe every year reminding us of our analog youth, allow me to pose these questions: Can you name a current celebrity that has accomplished all of the ...

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Oma & Bella

    In my humble, (sic), snobby opinion, this documentary is a perfect example of the treasures offered by film festivals:  a movie you’ve never heard of, the privilege of witnessing the lives of strangers whose experience will enhance your own. There’s no plot, no agenda, no suspense; it’s just a slice of life that unfolds before you slowly and deliciously, like the way Milky Way candy bar ...

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Guilty: Presumed?

      If your definition of a horror movie involves lots of gore and suspenseful crescendos calculated to thrill through fear, you don’t know real horror. This movie is a true horror story.  True horror.  A true story. Alain Marécaux (Philippe Torrenton, spectacular!) is a loving husband, father to three children, a respected bailiff living a normal, middle-class life in Northern France.  Their life isn’t perfect, but ...

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