Montreal Film Journal

2010 LOG (7)

(1 Jul) The Last Airbender (2010, M. Night Shyamalan) [ review ] 84

(3 Jul) Live a Little, Love a Little (1968, Norman Taurog) 53
[ WHAT: A dorky but amusing and sexy screwball comedy. ELVIS' CHARACTER: A photographer who juggles two full-time jobs. THE GIRL: Michele Carey as a daffy, manipulative cocktease who owns a big ass dog. THE MUSIC: Edge of Reality during a dream sequence, A Little Less Conversation during a groovy '60s party scene, etc. ]

(4 Jul) Now and Then (1995, Lesli Linka Glatter) 40
[ Cutesy, episodic, nostalgia-fueled coming of age dramedy - kind of a chick version of "Stand By Me". Nothing extraordinary, but harmless enough, and it's a kick to watch Christina Ricci and Thora Birch back when they were teenagers. ]

(5 Jul) Kissin' Cousins (1964, Gene Nelson) 21
[ Part of Elvis: The Filmography ]

(6 Jul) La domination masculine (2010, Patric Jean)
[ A rather disturbing documentary about how, even after decades of feminism, women are still routinely oppressed by men in various ways, be it physically, psychologically, emotionally or professionally. The filmmaker takes some questionable shortcuts and makes some unfortunate generalisations at times, but whatever you think of his methods, at its core, what his film is saying is sadly all too true. ]

(7 Jul) Predators (2010, Nimród Antal) [ review ] 50

(8 Jul) The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010, Jon Turteltaub) [ review ] 47

(9 Jul) Meet the Fockers (2004, Jay Roach) 38
[ Having hated "Meet the Fockers" for how mean-spirited it was, what with Robert De Niro mercilessly busting Ben Stiller's balls non-stop and the latter constantly screwing up and being further humiliated, I didn't expect much from this sequel. And indeed, there's a lot more of the same here. One new and welcomed thing, though, is the addition of the hedonistic parents of Stiller's character, played with glorious abandon by Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. The movie's worth seeing for them alone, despite the recurrent unpleasantness brought by De Niro's asshole father-in-law. ]

(11 Jul) Crows Zero II (2010, Takashi Miike) 63
(12 Jul) Secret Reunion (2010, Jang Hun) 80
(13 Jul) Accident (2010, Cheang Pou-Soi) 65
[ Part of our Fantasia coverage ]

(13 Jul) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005, Ken Kwapis) [ review ] 84

(14 Jul) Inception (2010, Christopher Nolan) [ review ] 94

(17 Jul) I Love You, Man (2009, John Hamburg) 82
[ This is possibly the best bromantic comedy ever made. Full of everything that's great about Judd Apatow's movies with none of what's not so great about them (Apatow's flicks are always at least half an hour too long, amongst other things), this film is as hilarious as it gets and damn touching, too. You really want these two guys' friendship to last! Of course, it could never work as splendidly if the lead actors weren't great. Thankfully, both Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are at the top of their game and they have amazing chemistry; I truly hope we'll see a lot more movies pairing them together. Props also to the wonderful supporting cast, which notably includes J.K. Simmons, Andy Samberg, Jon Favreau, Lou Ferigno and the band Rush! ]

(20 Jul) The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010, J Blakeson) 55
(20 Jul) Red White & Blue (2010, Simon Rumley) 52
(21 Jul) Symbol (2010, Hitoshi Matsumoto) 85
(22 Jul) Sophie's Revenge (2010, Eva Jin) 48
[ Part of our Fantasia coverage ]

(23 Jul) Girl Happy (1965, Boris Sagal) 57
(26 Jul) Tickle Me (1965, Norman Taurog) 44
[ Part of Elvis: The Filmography ]

(27 Jul) Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (2010, Edgar Wright) [ review ] 94

(28 Jul) Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) 96
[ Part of our Fantasia coverage ]

June / August