Five Favorites Of The Past Few Months:
1. Rachel Getting Married. The intersection of addiction, grief, Connecticut and really, really good music. Who knew Anne Hathaway could act?
2. JCVD. Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself and kudos to him for having the guts to go through with it. Part comedy, part thriller, part indie-French-meta-fest, it must be seen to be believed.
3. The Fall. This one I had to rent. The sheer beauty of the cinematography will leave your jaw hanging open. And I’m a sucker for anything with a Baron Von Munchausen vibe. I read that the director had been scouting for locations for almost 20 years. It shows.
4. Boy A. British film about real sin and real forgiveness (and the lack thereof). Not terribly light-hearted, but man it packs a punch.
5. The Orphanage. Best ghost story I’ve seen in forever.

I realize that a bunch of these are foreign and I must sound really pretentious. Oh well.

Three Movies I’m Really Looking Forward To This Winter/Spring:
1. This Side Of The Truth. Written and directed by Ricky Gervais, imdb.com describes what may be the most potential Gospel premise ever: “A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.” Yes please!
2. Coraline. Henry Selick is a genius and it’s been way too long since his last film (and Monkeybone doesn’t really count…). Between this and The Fantastic Mr Fox, us stop-motion junkies have a lot to be excited about.
3. Slumdog Millionaire. Danny Boyle is on a hot streak and the reviews sound amazing.