Mortal Beloveds

BrokenCircleBreakdown2Today, I focus entirely on cinematic concerns. No politics at all. I promise. Unless something happens, of course, but I’ll deal with that on Twitter. Anyway, here we go:

Blue is the Warmest Color: Abdellatif Kechiche’s same-sex romance is dividing critics, titillating audiences and doing all kinds of business around the world. And because it’s three hours long, I haven’t been able to schedule a screening of the damn thing. Susan liked it, though.

The Broken Circle Breakdown: The title is terrible; I mean, Belgian Bluegrass Misery Tour would have been more apt, really. But the movie is very strong, even at its most blatantly manipulative, and Johan Heldenbergh and Veerle Baetens hold nothing back in their performances. 

The Human Scale: Rad agrees with most of the ideas in Andreas Dalsgaard’s urban-science documentary — specifically, that city dwellers should be walking and cycling more and driving less — but has major problems with the execution.

Kill Your Darlings: Ben Foster as William Burroughs? Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg, and David Cross as his father? And it’s … oh, it’s a murder mystery. Glenn was unimpressed.

Oil Sands Karaoke: Yup, really. Apparently there’s a karaoke bar in Fort MacMurray where oil-sands workers go to blow off steam. Glenn found it engaging but uneven; if you want to see sad people sing, check out the Belgian movie above.

Random Acts of Romance: A low-budget romantic comedy made right here in Toronto! With lots of Canadian actors! And Rad does not like it one little bit!

Thor: The Dark World: Norse gods! Rampaging monsters! Pan-dimensional elves bent on blacking out the multiverse! And tucked away inside the chaos, a quartet of delightful performances from Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and the invaluable Tom Hiddleston. Oh, and the Irish guy from The IT Crowd is in there too.

There! I did it! Aren’t you proud? And now, back to FordWatch. I hope he makes it through the weekend, I really do.

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