The Intouchables

B Comedy Written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano I can’t really complain about France’s latest big commercial hit. As you’d expect, it’s a crowd pleaser. Based on a true story, it follows the thorny but eventually healing friendship between a wealthy paraplegic and the African immigrant hired as his caregiver. No surprise … Continue reading The Intouchables

Film Books I’d Love to Read (Now If Only Someone Would Write Them)

I read a lot of books about cinema history. But I'm picky. I'm seldom interested in movie star biographies, or anyone's autobiography. But I love a good overview of an era, the story of a major transition, or a scholarly biography of a producer, director, or screenwriter. Here are a few books that I would … Continue reading Film Books I’d Love to Read (Now If Only Someone Would Write Them)

Why Silents Are Golden: This Year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival

As regular readers know, I'm passionate about silent movies. Without the crutch of spoken words, a motion picture becomes pure cinema--reality on an entirely different plane. The actors can be fully unique, complex individuals (not that they always are) while remaining archetypes. Take Louise Brooks. In silent films, she's magical, mysterious, and the very embodiment … Continue reading Why Silents Are Golden: This Year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Elles

C- sex drama Wrtten by Malgorzata Szumowska and Tine Byrckel Directed by Malgorzata Szumowska Let's get the expectations raised by this French/Polish co-production's NC-17 rating out of the way first. Yes, there is a lot of sex, and a lot of nudity (both male and female). And no, I didn't find anything in Elles to … Continue reading Elles