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The Intouchables- It’s Really All About U.S.

Enfin!!! With a revised title,”The Intouchables,” and an R rating (quoi?), the most successful French comedy in history arrives stateside Friday, June 1. While not receiving as much praise as I had hoped, a quick coup d’oeil of critiques concede its appeal, despite a few exceptions, who shall heretofore be referred to as les détesteurs (haters). Last December, I told you about how Variety’s Paris-based critic, got his culottes ...

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This Damsel Was Distressed

The word “damsel” connotes a helpless woman, she of the archetypical silent movie scene tied to the railroad tracks helplessly overacting her anguish until she rescued by a handsome hero. Intentional or not, this evocation of Golden Hollywood is entirely à propos my strong disappointment with this movie: Hollywood, we are taught by the movies themselves, is the land where dreams are made, and failure just means success ...

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“Elles”- C’est Nous

Le Movie Snob is delighted to recommend the new French movie “Elles,” opening April 27 and starring France’s greatest actress, Juliette Binoche. (désolée Mlle Deneuve)  Those who like movies with that can tell uncomfortable stories that don’t resort to use shock tactics will be grateful for this cinematic experience. Binoche plays Anne, a successful international journalist.  Her life is enviable, accessorized with a loving, successful husband; two healthy ...

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meet Oscar’s French cousin… César!

Last night the French Oscars, the Césars, were handed out, and “The Artist” was awarded six, including Best Picture.   Is this a preview of tomorrow night? I think so, even if Mark Wahlberg has revealed that all my picks will win. (Is he trying to get himself kicked out of the Academy?)  I do think “The Artist” will sweep the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Actor for ...

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The Conquest….. to stay awake

The rooms and the furniture are beautiful. Voilà.  That’s the nicest thing I can say about “The Conquest (La Conquête)”, but I don’t recommend you endure this movie for the set decoration. This movie, depicting the five-year rise to power of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is a snoozefest.  I remember hearing buzz leading up to last year’s Cannes film festival that this movie was going to unsettle and ...

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Le Movie Snob One Degree from “Intouchables”!

My cher ami depuis très longtemps, Samuel Roland, met the star of “Intouchables” François Cluzet at a screening and party in Le Mans, France- and he made the final cut! Watch Sam at :46 Intouchables screening party in Le Mans, France Let’s make “Intouchables” a hit in les Etats-Unis!    

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Beaucoup Box Office

Have you heard about the hit movie about the wealthy quadriplegic and his African immigrant caretaker?  It’s laugh-out-loud funny, and a real feel-good flick for these challenging times.  Non?  Oh, but you will…. very, very soon. “Les Intouchables” is on track become the highest grossing French film ever, at an astonishing pace, not unlike the Maserati Quattroporte speeding through Paris in its opening scene.  During the second week ...

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Les Golden Globes

Le Movie Snob is going to try her hand at handicapping the Golden Globe Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars before the Oscars.  My predictions are based mostly on buzz perceived, Hollywood politics, and perhaps not a little bit of my own prejudice, especially as our inaugural film “The Artist” is nominated in SIX categories!  This movie’s buzz has been accelerating since Christmas as more moviegoers experience the forgotten joy of ...

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BEST MOVIE OF 2011 per lemoviesnob

If you’ve read my about me page, you might be inclined to argue that my choice for best movie couldn’t possibly be fair.  It’s not.  Snobs are not known for being egalitarian.  But, in my defense: I waited until 2012 to announce it, rather than the majority of critics who had decided before 2011 was officially bracketed. All movies considered were released theatrically in the US, and I ...

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Who Wants to Grow Up Anyway?

  I will soon be posting my pick for best movie of 2011.  Despite this site being new, my not having seen a lot of even-well reviewed movies of 2011, and my snobbish tendency to pre- judge, I am nonetheless trying to even out the playing field by seeing just a few more movies before sealing the envelope. “Young Adult” is the only Christmas season movie that I ...

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