Montreal Film Journal

2010 LOG (8)

(8 Aug) The Other Guys (2010, Adam McKay) [ review ] 66

(8 Aug) Music and Lyrics (2007, Marc Lawrence) 70
[ The always engaging Hugh Grant stars as has been pop star Alex Fletcher, who used to be half of superstar duo PoP! but is not known if at all only as the guy Colin Thompson used to be in a band with - he's a fictional version of the guy George Michael used to be in Wham! with, basically. Asked to write a song for a Britney-style current teen idol, Alex somehow ends up asking a young woman he just met to help him out. Since she's played by the lovely Drew Barrymore, we figure the film will turn into a romantic comedy, which it does, but music remains a central part of the story, both through the often insightful dialogue and the surprisingly catchy original songs ("PoP! Goes My Heart", "Meaningless Kiss", "Way Back Into Love", etc.). This ain't quite on the level of "Once", mind, but it's still a pretty sweet little film about the act of songwriting and how love can get into the mix. ]

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

(12 Aug) I, Don Giovanni (2010, Carlos Saura) 29
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(14 Aug) Elvis: The Miniseries (2005, James Steven Sadwith)
[ Part of Elvis: The Filmography ]

(16 Aug) The Expendables (2010, Sylvester Stallone) [ review ] 68

(18 Aug) Tromper le silence (2010, Julie Hivon) 59
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(18 Aug) Purple Rain (1984, Albert Magnoli) 84
[ The quintessential ‘80s musical, jam-packed with synth-pop, guitar solos, puffy hair, ridiculous clothes and at the center of it all, that most flaming funkmaster rock star, Prince! The story is somewhat inconsequential and the acting isn't great, but the song and dance numbers will make you want to jump out of your seat and go crazy. All the Revolution tracks (Let's Go Crazy, The Beautiful Ones, Darling Nikki, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm a Star, the all-time great title song...) are killer, of course, but Morris Day and the Time also deliver tasty grooves and while I wouldn't call Apollonia talented, she's as slutty a performer as any Britney or Christina. And ultimately, as cheesy as it can be, "Purple Rain" ends up being oddly moving. ]

(20 Aug) Piranha 3D (2010, Alexandre Aja) [ review ] 74

(24 Aug) Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart (2010, René Féret) 40

(25 Aug) Takers (2010, John Luessenhop) 44
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(31 Aug) The American (2010, Anton Corbijn) [ review ] 88

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