Montreal Film Journal

2010 LOG (5)

(3 May) The Trotsky (2010, Jacob Tierney) 71
[ My interview with Jay Baruchel ]

(7 May) Mother and Child (2010, Rodrigo García) 37
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(7 May) Iron Man 2 (2010, Jon Favreau) [ review ] 58

(10 May) Just Wright (2010, Sanaa Hamri) 30
[ Part romantic comedy, part sports drama, entirely generic, predictable, uninspired, dull and forgettable. I'm hardly a fan of Queen Latifah and her whole sassy homegirl thing, but I have to admit that her performance is the only thing that gives this movie a semblance of energy. She doesn't have much chemistry with Common, who plays her basketball player love interest, though. ]

(12 May) Robin Hood (2010, Ridley Scott) 56
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(13 May) Harry Brown (2010, Daniel Barber) 83
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(15 May) Jesus Christus Erlöser (2008, Peter Geyer)
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(16 May) The Wedding Singer (1998, Frank Coraci) [ review ] 74

(19 May) Mother (2010, Bong Joon-Ho) 78
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(19 May) Shrek Forever After (2010, Mike Mitchell) [ review ] 85

(20 May) Splice (2010, Vincenzo Natali) 72
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(30 May) Whip It (2009, Drew Barrymore) 66
[ Last night, I went to see a Montreal Roller Derby League double-header, which reminded me that I still hadn't seen this movie. Now, this isn't the badass sexy hipster epic one could expect from a movie set in the world of contemporary roller derby. As directed by Drew Barrymore, it also lacks a true sense of style, comic timing and action choreography. What does work here is the simple, conventional but touching girl-power coming-of-age story at the heart of the movie, with Ellen Page's awkward, timid character learning to be more confident and assertive. It's kind of a more aggressive "Ice Princess", basically. You also gotta love the supporting cast, which includes Alia Shawkat, Kristen Wiig, Zoe Bell, Eve, Juliette Lewis and Barrymore herself, amongst others. ]

(31 May) Piché entre ciel et terre (2010, Sylvain Archambault) [ review ] 33

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