Indie Thoughts: The Class

You can almost call The Class a fictional documentary. With the exception of characters created specifically for the dramatic arc of the story, everyone in this film about life in a Paris classroom are real kids. Even the teacher is essentially playing himself. I found this film, which for the most part consists of classroom […]

My Thoughts on Revolutionary Road

This film will probably be the final film in my 2008 catch-up and I was spurred to it after Kate Winslet won Best Actress for it at the Golden Globes. I did not know what to think of the the film at first. I did agree that Winslet’s performance was good, but I didn’t get […]

Classic Thoughts: The Bourne Identity

One of my gifts during the holidays was The Bourne Trilogy box set. The only one of the three films I saw in theatres, was The Bourne Ultimatum, though I saw the rest prior. In re-watching The Bourne Identity, I found that it is both good as a stand alone film, while also leaving enough […]

My Thoughts on Gran Torino

The catching up on late-2008 films continues with this film, which I saw last night. If it is true that this film will be Clint Eastwood’s final acting role, I can say that he went out with a bang. In this film, Eastwood channels the spirit of Dirty Harry as a grumpy, old racist man, […]

DVD Thoughts: Pineapple Express – 2-Disc Unrated Special Edition

It’s my first big DVD purchase of the year and Judd Apatow productions usually have decent releases (especially with the two disc version). The first disc of the set includes both the theatrical and extended editions of the film. According to the back of the box, the difference between the two version is only five […]

My Thoughts on Frost/Nixon

This was the final film that I wanted to see before compiling my top ten lists next week, and I am glad that I saw it. This film, which is based on a play, looks back to the famous series of interviews between Richard Nixon and the British journalist David Frost. The chemistry between Frank […]

My Thoughts on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

As we enter the new year, I am doing some catching up a few remaining 2008 films, mostly the ones that look to do well come awards season. One of the most notable of these films is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It’s interesting that this romantic fantasy was directed by David Fincher, who […]

My Thoughts on Valkyrie

It is a shame that there is poor public opinion on Tom Cruise, since I thought Valkyrie was quite a good movie. It would be stretching it to say that it is a film that would receive Oscar recognition, but I thought that the film was a great return to thrillers for director Bryan Singer, […]

Classic Thoughts: It’s a Wonderful Life

After seeing on TV for the first time, I couldn’t go to bed this Christmas Eve without saying a few words about It’s a Wonderful Life. The film is now considered a holiday classic and it usually airs every Christmas Eve on some channel. I knew the basic plot (about a down on his luck […]

Classic Thoughts: The Muppet Christmas Carol

It would be fitting that I would end my holiday classic thoughts with an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. There have been many adaptations of the story, including 1951’s Scrooge, staring Alastair Sim, which is probably the most beloved. However, the version staring the Muppets is one that I’ve seen most often, since […]