Friday, January 27, 2012

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

     Thursday night at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, I had the great privilege of screening Celeste and Jesse Forever. Being fresh from it's premiere at Sundance, I honestly knew nothing about the film apart from a few cast members and the fact that it was purchased by Sony Pictures Classics earlier this week. I don't often get the chance to go into movies knowing so little about them, so it was a different experience all around. I'm glad I went into the film cold. It turned out to be a very unexpected surprise.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Haywire (2012)

"Set eye lasers to kill."

     What happens when you take MMA fighter Gina Carano, a handful of veteran A-list actors, a few up-and-comers, and sometimes commercial filmmaker with an indie-film soul, Steven Soderbergh? You get this awful pun: "An art-minded action film experiment that went a little Haywire". Now that I got that out of my system...Haywire was a film conceived with the intention of making Gina Carano an 80's-style female action star who is believably capable of kicking wholesale ass. The finished product does deliver on that promise, but it may not be the action extravaganza some were hoping for.