Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Trailer

Saw this on Netflix. Sad that she’s gone now.

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Relatos Salvajes/Wild Tales

Have you ever watched a movie trailer and realized you still know nothing more about the film other than the title? Well, here you go! Next week the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) sweeps through Toronto and the Argentine/Spanish film, Wild Tales, is getting a lot of positive reaction. I’m off to see it at the Elgin on Tuesday — hope it lives up to the hype.

According to TIFF’s description:

Wild Tales is also a portrait of contemporary Argentina: a society riddled with corruption, hampered by bureaucracy, and bogged down by tradition. Szifron’s film, by breaking down taboos and allowing its characters to say “fuck it all,” provides a cathartic release from the pressures of modern-day living — a release that provokes unrestrained, double-over-in-your-seat laughter.

Sidewalls

I watched this Argentine movie called Sidewalls on Netflix this past weekend. It tells the story of Martín and Mariana, two slightly damaged people who live in buildings opposite one another. While they often don’t notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together. I love movies that explore loneliness. It was cute, so watch it when you get the chance.

The Day I Was Not Born

Maria, a young German woman is waiting in a Buenos Aires airport for her connecting flight to Chile. Off in the distance she hears a woman singing a Spanish lullaby to her baby.

In an extraordinary, shivery moment Maria begins to mouth the words to the song, but how can she know them if she has lived in Germany all her life?

Florian Clossen, in his directorial debut, depicts the horror wash over Maria in that moment. Overcome she retreats to the public toilet where she collapses under the weight of fear and confusion.

The film follows Maria as she sets off on a quest to trace her origins.

And most importantly, for someone who has lived in Buenos Aires, viewers are offered a glimpse into one of the world’s most beautiful South American cities and its complicated, often tragic history.

The Day I Was Not Born is available to stream on Netflix.

The F Word trailer

The F Word was filmed in Toronto. I know this because last summer I would constantly find the crew filming at one of the city’s landmarks, and once I bumped into Daniel Radcliffe and mistook him for Elijah Wood. Sadly I have never watched the Harry Potter series.

Many movies have been filmed in Toronto but rarely does the city play itself. In the last decade that all seems to be changing. Most Hollywood movies are now being set in Toronto and I can see why, it’s a beautiful place to tell a story, especially a romantic one.

BlogTO posted an article today about all the locations in Toronto where the movie was filmed. So if you’re ever visiting Toronto maybe you want to check them out! George Street Diner is yum!

So, here’s the trailer. Looks like a good movie!

Into The Woods trailer

Less than 24-hours after the first promotional photos were released, Disney has unveiled the official theatrical trailer for its Christmas film, Into The Woods, starring Meryl Streep.

It looks promising!

I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful

The U.S. Federal government was useless during and after Hurricane Katrina. No one knows that more than Carolyn Parker, a life-long resident of the impoverished, and battered Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jonathan Demme’s documentary, I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful, follows the exuberantly wonderful Parker as she stubbornly holds her ground, refusing to leave her home and demanding that the government care, and do something for the people of her hometown.

She demonstrates unsentimental civic-mindedness that is crucial to the life of great American cities. Every few months over a five-year period Demme visits Parker, checking up on her precarious health, her indomitable morale, the progress (or lack thereof) of repairs to her green house and routinely accompany her on her daily errands.

She has plenty to say: about her own life and the spirited, self-reliant philosophy that has guided her through it; about the history of racism and poverty afflicting the city she loves; about her continuing struggle to recover a semblance of normal life after Katrina.

One thing is for certain, she is a loving character. Everybody on her street is familiar with Ms. Parker and speak of her with affection to anyone who asks how she’s doing.

In one of the film’s central stories, Parker fights tooth and nail to have her predominantly black church restored, but authorities are more interested in the white church around the corner, even though the parishioners are less devoted.

Her struggle illuminates the inherent racism still prevalent in America. Here is a woman who as a child was told to sit at the back of the bus, who lived through the civil rights era, only to learn, when tragedy strikes in 2005, that the racism she experienced as a child still rests on the surface of her countries cultural mores.

I loved this documentary, and Ms. Parker. Now streaming on Netflix, watch it!

Family Affair

At 10 years old, Chico Colvard shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities and shattered his family. Thirty years later, Colvard ruptures veils of secrecy and silence again. As he bravely visits his relatives, what unfolds is a personal film that’s as uncompromising, raw and cathartic as any in the history of the medium.

Driving the story forward is Colvard’s sensitive probing of a complex dynamic: the way his three sisters survived severe childhood abuse by their father, and as adults, manage to muster loyalty to him. These unforgettable, invincible women paint a picture of their harrowing girlhoods as they resiliently struggle with present-day fallout. The distance time gives them from their trauma yields piercing insights about the legacy of abuse, the nature of forgiveness, and eternal longing for family and love. These truths may be too searing to bear, but they reverberate powerfully within each of us.

The Imposter

In 1994 a 13-year-old Texas boy named Nicholas Barclay vanished from a schoolyard only a stones throw away from his mother’s house.

Three and a half years later he is apparently found thousands of miles away, alone and afraid on the streets of Spain. His tale is epic. He was kidnapped by military men, tortured, raped and repeatedly beaten for years until one day when he escapes from his captors.

His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances. For starters Nicholas appears much older than a teenager, he has a French accent, dark hair and his eyes are brown, not crystal blue like they had been at the time of his disappearance.

Strangely his family accepts him, but the FBI grows suspicious of the person who claims to be Nicholas. Why does the family not seem to notice the stranger in their midst? Is it possible that they may have been responsible for Nicholas’ murder?

But most startling is the question that if the person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child… who is he?

A gripping thriller straight out of real life, THE IMPOSTER is an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery.

Streaming on Netflix now, you have to watch it.

Life with murder

In 1998 Mason Jenkins shot his sister while she sat in her parents’ living room watching television. She was 18 at the time of her death, a life full of possibility cut short by a relative who supposedly loved her very much.

Life With Murder chronicles the lives of Mason and his parents, who are left with a Sophie’s Choice dilemma: Either break with their son or accept him back into the family.

With astonishing footage shot over a 10 year period, the film follows the family’s evolving relationships with one another in the face of enormous tragedy.

The movie is available to stream on Netflix, I strongly encourage that you watch it. It’s fascinating portrait of unconditional love and forgiveness.