It was a busy week with Christmas, but here’s a rundown of the movies I’ve seen recently:
Up In the Air – Easily Jason Reitman’s best film yet. After seeing it, it’s no surprise that so many critics have called this their favorite movie of 2009. It’s a very original story with fully-dimensional characters that never feel overwritten or overplayed. It’s timely, sincere and perfectly-cast, and it’s one of my favorites of the year. I’d recommend this film to everyone.
Au Revoir Les Enfants – Another film by the great Louis Malle. This one tells the story of a French adolescent in boarding school during World War II. It beautifully captures the era from the perspective of kids, many of which haven’t seen or heard from their parents in months, as they discover the school is hiding Jewish students. It’s a stunning film, and anyone who loves films that effectively depict the WWII era should check this one out.
Coraline – Neil Gaiman’s children’s story translated to film. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, and the story has some surprisingly dark elements. Very nice art design as well with the miniatures and settings.
The Pornographers – Shohei Imamura’s 1966 tale of a man who tries to support his family by making porno movies. Plenty of family drama ensues when his wife falls ill, his daughter rebels, and his lab is overrun by authorities. It’s an enthralling film with some beautifully artistic shots.