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The War Of The Buttons- a defeat for history

    On my about me page, I mentioned several genres of movies that I dislike and avoid. I neglected to mention the genre I will call “Holocaust for the Kiddies!” I absolutely hated Life Is Beautiful and refused to see The Boy in the Striped Pajamas after being completely offended by its preview.  The only, and I mean only, exception I would make is The Day The ...

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The Intouchables- Chez Vous! DANCE!

  The Intouchables has only just left the cinéma, and in early 2013 will be available on DVD and online! The mirror stares you in the face and says “baby, uh uh it don’t work” you say your prayers though you don’t care you dance and shake the hurt dance boogie wonderland hah, hah dance boogie wonderland

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Step Up To The Plate- Bring a Pillow

  I posted on Le Movie Snob’s Facebook page that I was hoping Step Up To The Plate (Entre Les Bras) wouldn’t be as boring as last year’s resto-doc El Bulli.  It wasn’t.  I wasn’t bored because I fell asleep. I confess that I didn’t finish screening the movie, but I did check online to research it in case I missed anything.  Nope. The film documents accomplished chef Michel ...

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How To Survive A Plague

      This movie is an excellent, engrossing, and necessary document to an important period of history. Living in New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was familiar with ACT-UP.  At least I thought I was. ACT-UP is the acronym for the Aids Coalition To Unleash Power, an organization founded by gay activists to pressure the powers that be to help them fight ...

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Go see Argo

    Argo is the best movie of the year- (so far).   Even though I knew the ending, I was still on the edge of my seat in suspense. That’s how good it is.   It was inevitable that a CIA operation about making a movie would become a movie itself.   In the wrong hands, it could have been as bad as the fictional sci-fi movie “Argo” ...

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Little White Lies

  Little White Lies (Les Petits Mouchoirs) is a uniquely French ensemble film that thinks it’s the Gallic version of The Big Chill.  Those who love French films will be entertained, but I couldn’t get past one early improbable scene that buttresses one of several plot lines.  Tant pis. The movie follows a group of middle-aged friends who follow through on their vacation plans after one of them, ...

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The Intouchables has become Untouchable!!!!

  Sacré Box Office! According to Screen Daily, The Intouchables has ended the decade-long reign of the insufferable Amélie “…as the most theatrically viewed French-language  picture in history outside of France.”    Its theatrical window has been extended all over the country, by several months, and only opened in England at the end of last month. Distributor Harvey Weinstein may have been drunk with success when he told the ...

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Won’t Back Down- Not to Worry, Backing Away

  I don’t go to movies to be told what to think.   Even if I agree with what I’m being told is right, I am offended by the arrogance of having that decided for me. This is a movie about kids who can’t read for adults who can’t think.  My logline for this movie would be: it’s the opposite of Stand And Deliver (stupid students and incompetent teachers) ...

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Chicken With Plums: a wonderful movie with a title that makes you wonder

  Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes) is an enchanting confection of a movie.  I was unexpectedly delighted by this unique movie.  It is the follow-up film from co-directors Iranian Marjane Satrapi and Frenchman Vincent Paronnaud to their 2007 film Persepolis, a film I did not see (despite hearing good buzz) as I’m not big on animation; this movie has made me reconsider. My biggest complaint about this movie ...

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The Master is a masterful film

    Spoiler alert:  I’m not going to spoil the movie, just the promotional campaign.  The buzz leading up to this movie has been suggesting it is a thinly veiled exposé of the founding of Scientology.  Not only does that sound like a fascinating movie, it’s an act of daring for a director to potentially provoke an organization that besides being entrenched among Hollywood’s elite, is known to ...

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