Thursday, February 14, 2013

Incendies (2010)

 One plus one equals one

When the mother of a set of adult twins passes away, she leaves them with some bizarre final instructions.  They are instructed to find their father and their brother, both of whom they've never met.  The interwoven narrative moves seamlessly between the past and the present to tell the story from two perspectives - the perspective of the twins in the present and their mother's perspective in the past.  This is a very engrossing film.  It is hard to pigeonhole into one genre.  It has some thrilling elements, a lot of drama, but there is also some mystery.  Overall, I love this film because of the strong story and the way the story is told.  Plus its in French!

Incendies gets 4 out of 5 Poblanos!

Writer: Wajdi Mouawad, Denis Villeneuve
Starring:  , ,
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Metacritic: 82 out of 100

Friday, February 8, 2013

Jeff Who Lives At Home (2011)

Is this all there is?

Jeff is a pothead slacker who lives in his mother's basement.  He is also a philosopher at heart.  When his mother asks him to run an errand for her, his day takes several interesting turns.  This film is very funny.  It is well written, well paced, engrossing, and just a plain old good movie.  I have nothing bad to say about this film.

Jeff Who Lives At Home gets 4.5 out of 5 Poblanos!

Director: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Starring: Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Ed Helms (The Hangover) and Judy Greer (Thirteen Going on Thirty)
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Metacritic: 60 out of 100

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

I've got a bad feeling about this

When a group of young tourists signs up for a tour of the Chernobyl nuclear accident sight, they get more than they bargained for.  Just reading the description of this film lets you know it won't turn out well for anyone.  Bradley Parker makes his directing debut and does a very respectable job with this genre film.  Co-written by Oren Peli, the man behind the Paranormal Activity film, Chernobyl Diaries has a lot of great things going for it including the fact that it is very creepy.

Chernobyl Diaries creeps 3 out of 5 Poblanos out of me!

Director: Bradley Parker
Writer: Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke
Starring: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski and Olivia Dudley
Rotten Tomatoes: 20%
Metacritic: 32 out of 100