Muriels – Regrets
Of course, I didn’t get to see everything that came out in 2009. And naturally I’ve got a litany of the usual excuses: Too busy. Too poor. Film too difficult to find. And then there are some others that require special regrets, specific to the films themselves.
Everlasting Moments (Jan Troell, 2008)
Metacritic 80, Rotten Tomatoes 89%.
IMDB synopsis: “In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.”
Verdict: Too photographic. Too Swedish.
MC 85, RT 90%.
“A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that ‘Forbidden Love’ author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.”
Verdict: Too scandalous. Potentially too literary.
MC 85, RT 100%
“A young black artist leaves his Los Angeles digs and travels to Europe to find himself. A theatrical stage production of the original Broadway musical.”
Verdict: Too theatrical/stagy. Too inspirational, and not in a Precious way.
MC 84, RT 89%
“Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.”
Verdict: Oh yeah, ’cause I know who THAT is.
MC 89, RT 100%
“Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day. The aging parents have lived in the family home for decades. Their son and daughter return for a rare family reunion, bringing their own families with them. They have gathered to commemorate the tragic death of the eldest son, who drowned in an accident fifteen years ago. Although the roomy house is as comforting and unchanging as the mother’s homemade feast, everyone in the family has subtly changed.”
Verdict: Jeez, why don’t you tell me the whole movie? Plus it sounds awfully sad.
MC 80, RT 92%
“An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.”
Verdict: Too reflective of the current economic climate.
MC 88, 97% RT
“On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It’s dry, dusty, and windy; too many lambs are stillborn. Against this backdrop, Asa, a dreamer who’s slight of build and recently finished with a stint in the Russian Navy, tries to establish a life on the steppes. He, his friend Boni, and Ondas call on Tulpan, the only single girl in the area. The men talk to her parents while she listens out of sight. Her answer and Asa’s later trips to talk to her form an arc of hope against the harsh land. Is this the place of Asa’s dreams? What about the other lambs?”
Verdict: Stories about mutton just make me hungry. Too delicious.
Michael Jai White, Actor
Verdict: No joke here. Actual regrets. Looks bad-ass.
Verdict: Movies with plural subject titles are never good. Transformers, Beaches, Watchmen. See what I mean?
Jeff Bridges, Actor
T-Bone Burnett, Music
Verdict: It’s a little bit country, when I’d prefer a little bit rock and roll.
Me and Orson Welles
Christian McKay, Supp. Actor
Verdict: Not enough frozen peas or California champagne. Aaaaah, the French.
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
Werner Herzog, Body of Work
Verdict: Too biblical sounding. And never came close to playing in my town.
The Blind Side.
Stay tuned. Category by category reveals begin February 7th and run all the way until the end of the month.