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DVD Recommendations

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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo
rating: B+

–surprising solid dark comedy about a man (Robin Williams) mistakenly told by a doctor (Mila Kunis) that he has 90 minutes to live due to a brain aneurysm. Williams and Kunis are both fantastic. Henry runs around Brooklyn trying to make amends to his wife (Melissa Leo) who he’s drifted apart from and his estranged son. Simultaneously Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis) tries to track him down to tell him that she made a mistake in telling him he had such a short time to live and to bring him back to the hospital. It’s at times funny, at times thoughtful.

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Words and Pictures
starring: Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen
rating: A-
–this appealed to me for the creative aspect– a writing teacher and an art teacher at a prep school spar over whether words or pictures are better communications. both are art forms. if you appreciate literature, art, culture, you’ll like this film. Both Juliette Binoche (Dina) and Clive Owen (Jack) play sharp-tongued, slightly bitter characters with panache. Dina, once a celebrated artist, moved to this small community to be near her famlly as her RA progresses and she’s less able to function on her own. Jack, a once-promising author and popular teacher, is an alcoholic and he may lose his job. Though they don’t get along at first, the two find they have more commonalities than differences.

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Women’s History Month: Biopics about Women Writers

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Black Butterflies [2011]
Director: Paula van der Oest
Starring: Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer
–about the volatile life of South African poet Ingrid Jonker

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Sylvia [2003]
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig
Director: Christine Jeffs
–focuses on relationship between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

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Iris [2001]
Starring: Judi Densch, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet
Director: Richard Eyre
–lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley from their days as students through her battle with Alzheimer’s disease

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Becoming Jane [2007]
Starring: Anne Hathaway
Director: Julian Jarrold
–pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman

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Miss Potter [2006]
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson
Director: Chris Noonan
–Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”

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The Children of the Century [1999]
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Magimel
Director: Diane Kurys
–love affair between novelist George Sand and author Alfred de Musset

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Mrs. Parker and the Viscous Circle [1994]
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cambell Scott, Peter Gallagher
Director: Alan Rudolph
–Dorothy Parker and her heyday with the Algonquin Round Table circle of friends

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Impromptu [1991]
Starring: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin
Director: James Lapine
–writer George Sand pursues pianist/composer Frederic Chopin in 1830s France

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An Angel at My Table [1990]
Starring: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson
Director: Jane Campion
–Janet Frame grows up with lots of brothers and sisters in a poor family in 1920s and 1930s New Zealand. She always feels different from others. After getting education as a teacher, she’s sent to a mental institution for eight years. She gains success when she begins writing novels.

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FILM: my summer must-see list

Magic Mike
release date: June 29
written by: Reid Carolin
directed by: Steven Soderbergh
starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez

–Channing Tatum’s abs and hot male strippers. Bingo. Perfect for summer.

Take This Waltz
release date: June 29
written and directed by: Sarah Polley
directed by: Steven Soderbergh
starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman

–Sarah Polley. Extremely talented.

People Like Us
release date: June 29
written by: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
directed by: Alex Kurtzman
starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde

Savages
release date: July 5
written by: Shane Salerno and Don Winslow
directed by: Oliver Stone
starring: Taylor Kitsch, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Benecio DelToro Blake Lively

–crime drama from Stone about a Mexican drug cartel

Trishna
release date: July 5
directed by: Michael Winterbottom
starring: Freida Pinto

–a remake of Tess of the d’Urbervilles set in India could work with one of my favorite directors at the helm

Ruby Sparks
release date: July 25
written by: Zoe Kazan
directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

–Zoe Zazan wrote it and stars in it and it’s about a novelist. Sounds like a charming romantic comedy.

Total Recall
release date: August 3
written by: Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback
directed by: Len Wiseman
starring: Colin Farrell

–I crush Colin Farrell.

Celeste and Jesse Forever
release date: August 3
written by: RAshida Jones and Will McCormack
directed by: Lee Tolad Krieger
starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts

–I’m a big fan of super smart Rashida Jones.

Cosmopolis
release date: August 20
written and directed by: David Cronenberg
starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche
years ago I interviewed David Cronenberg. He reminded me of a very cool college professor. And Juliette Binoche is a favorite.

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Breaking and Entering: DVD review

Starring: Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright, Martin Freeman, Vera Farmiga
Written and Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Breaking and Entering lyrically addresses the intertwining lives of people in London who might normally never interact-landscape architect, a Bosnian immigrant, a cleaning lady, a prostitute, a rebellious teenager. It is the meshing of those that live in posh areas of North London and those that live in the notoriously “dicey” area of King’s Cross that makes for this provocative and insightful portrait.

Will [Law] is a partner in a landscape architect firm located in King’s. While his professional life is booming, his personal life is withering. When his firm suffers mysterious series of break-ins, Will decides to investigate it. This causes his long-term relationship with his Swedish girlfriend Liv (Wright) and their autistic daughter to suffer and the emotional chasm between them grows as does the couple’s inability to communicate.

After a break-in, Will follows one of the thieves home and becomes intrigued by the teenager’s mother, Amira (Binoche). Their lives become entangled and deception lingers amidst the passion. Breaking and Entering focuses on the effect a crime has on someone personally whether to destroy or to mend. Minghella uses the break-in as a tipping point for tearing down metaphoric walls and for shattering preconceived notions about people.

This is Law’s best role to date. He simultaneously exudes compassion and self-doubt. Binoche is brilliant in showcasing the nuanced difficulties of being an immigrant. Through simply a look or mannerism, Wright silently screams disconnected woman so remarkably. Once again, Minghella wrote a lovely and compelling film.

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Overlooked FILM on DVD: Choke and Breaking and Entering

Choke

Choke is very funny, bizarre, outrageous at times and just completely unique. Victor, a well-meaning, yet selfish sex addict [Sam Rockwell, always good] scams people in restaurants by pretending to choke. A devoted son, despite a childhood that sent him from foster home to foster home, is doing this to keep his mom [Angelica Houston– who has never looked more beautiful in flashbacks], who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s, in a nice nursing home. The plot has crazy twists with a doctor who is actually a patient and has a plan to get Victor to impregnate her to use the embryo to “cure” his mother and “return” her to normal. The film is fast paced, funny and really a great film to see.

Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering lyrically addresses the intertwining lives of people in London who might normally never interact-landscape architect, a Bosnian immigrant, a cleaning lady, a prostitute, a rebellious teenager. It is the meshing of those that live in posh areas of North London and those that live in the notoriously “dicey” area of King’s Cross that makes for this provocative and insightful portrait.

Will [Jude Law] is a partner in a landscape architect firm located in King’s. While his professional life is booming, his personal life is withering. When his firm suffers mysterious series of break-ins, Will decides to investigate it. This causes his long-term relationship with his Swedish girlfriend Liv [Robin Wright] and their autistic daughter to suffer and the emotional chasm between them grows as does the couple’s inability to communicate.

After a break-in, Will follows one of the thieves home and becomes intrigued by the teenager’s mother, Amira [Juliette Binoche]. Their lives become entangled and deception lingers amidst the passion. Breaking and Entering focuses on the effect a crime has on someone personally whether to destroy or to mend. Anthony Minghella uses the break-in as a tipping point for tearing down metaphoric walls and for shattering preconceived notions about people.

This is Law’s best role to date. He simultaneously exudes compassion and self-doubt. Binoche is brilliant in showcasing the nuanced difficulties of being an immigrant. Through simply a look or mannerism, Wright Penn silently screams disconnected woman so remarkably. Once again, Minghella has written a lovely and compelling film.

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CELEBS: Fabulous Forty-somethings

Since I’m turning 41 on August 5, I thought I’d round up some female celebs I like who are in their 40s.

Renee Zellweger
Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Whole Wide World

Illeana Douglas
Grace of My Heart, Wedding Bell Blues

Halle Berry
Monster’s Ball, Things We Lost in the Fire

Juliette Binoche
Breaking and Entering, The English Patient

Parker Posey
Party Girl, Best in Show, Broken English

Julianna Margulies
The Good Wife

Christy Turlington
–model/ activist

Naomi Watts
The Painted Veil, Eastern Promises

Salma Hayek
Frida, Ugly Betty

Rachel Weisz
The Brothers Bloom, The Fountain, The Constant Gardner

Jennifer Connelly
Little Children, Blood Diamond, The House of Sand and Fog

Taraji P. Henson
Karate Kid, I Can Do Wrong All By Myself, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Marisa Tomei
Cyrus, The Wrestler

Lucy Liu
Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill Vol. 1

Portia de Rossi
Arrested Development, Ally McBeal

Vivica A. Fox
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kristin Davis
Melrose Place, Sex & the City

Helena Bonham-Carter
Alice in Wonderland, A Room with a View

Famke Janssen
Love & Sex, Nip/Tuck

Elizabeth Hurley
Double Whammy, The Weight of Water

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