Everybody’s Chattin’ – April Reviews Edition

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s gonna be in mid 60s today, so that’s sure gonna add an extra step in my Spring. Finally it actually feels seasonal this weekend 😀

Well, it’s time for another Everybody’s Chattin’ post and this time I want to highlight reviews some of you fine bloggers have written recently. I specifically want to focus on films that I haven’t seen yet, either new releases or older ones already out on dvd. Without further ado, here we go!

Mark reviews In the Mouth of Madness, John Carpenter’s psycho thriller starring Sam Neill.

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To The Wonder

Nick from Cinema Romantico gave a beautiful review of Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder… calling it a ‘rapturous testament to the fleeting nature of love and life

I had just seen the trailer for this and was very intrigued. Then I head over to Bonjour Tristesse and saw that he has reviewed Wong Kar Wai’s latest, The Grandmaster.

Now, I’m a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence and sometimes I’d make an exception for ‘some’ horror movies if it intrigues me enough, but Keith‘s review of House at the End of the Street convinces me that I shouldn’t bother with this one.

Two of my favorite Chris-es (from FilmHipster and Terry Malloy Pigeon Coop) in the blogosphere recently teamed up to bring us an excellent, succinct review of A Dangerous Method, which despite the two fantastic lead actors, isn’t as compelling as it could’ve been.

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Animal Kingdom

Kevin has been ‘traveling’ to Australia lately for his ‘Wizard of Oz’ series and he sang the praises for what he call ‘a supreme piece of filmmaking’ that is Animal Kingdom.

Now, I’ve only seen one Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s film (The Tourist), but unfortunately it was such a departure (NOT in a good way) from his first film. Tyson recently reviewed Donnersmarck’s excellent debut The Lives of Others, which I hope to catch soon!

This is one of the critically-acclaimed indies I have yet to see, but Stephanie’s recent review of Martha Marcy May Marlene makes me extra curious, even if it’s just to see Elizabeth Olsen’s performance.

Now, I know this is one of the indie new releases everyone is excited about, and Roshach has some really positive things to say about The Place Beyond the Pines. I’m not a huge fan of the cast but I’m intrigued enough to rent it.

GoT_Season3Ep4_PicLast but certainly not least, Lady Sati‘s been um, preoccupied with HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones lately, as you’ve likely have seen from her GoT posts on her blog. Though I don’t watch the show, I still enjoy reading her reviews/commentary with all the gorgeous photos, such as this one on Season 3, Episode 4 And Now His Watch Is Ended.


Well, my MSPfest viewing mini-marathon continues with In A World and The Hunt this weekend. I saw Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist last night which I was quite impressed with, especially with Riz Ahmed‘s performance. Stay tuned for the review of that next week and my thoughts on I, Anna coming later this weekend.


Well, before you’re off to any of the links above, tell me, what’s your weekend viewing plans?

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38 thoughts on “Everybody’s Chattin’ – April Reviews Edition

    1. My pleasure Mark! This is my way to pay homage if you will, to fellow bloggers who’ve inspired me and supported my blog. Have a splendid weekend to you too, my friend!

  1. Good roundup of links Ruth. I also recommend checking out The Lives of Others. Great film.

    I might see Pain and Gain this weekend, and I’ve got a few 1979 films (like Norma Rae, The Rose, and Nosferatu the Vampyre) to start watching for next Friday’s ballot post.

  2. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth and company:

    You and your fellow LAMBsters have been knocking it out of the park with fresh ideas, perspectives and views on films popular and obscure. Lots of love to spread around.

    Terry and Hipster do make a good team and play well together. And Mark Walker has been ripping the mold off some intriguing old gold with his takes on ‘Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead’ and ‘In the Mouth of Madness’. Also, props to Hunter and his Tarantino many faceted dissertation on Quentin Tarantino.

    Having finished up the “Millennium” magazine trilogy with ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ earlier this week. Subtitles and all. Has given me pause for something to critique this weekend.

    1. Why THANK YOU Jack! Wouldn’t be able to do it without you, good sir. I’ve got your excellent double reviews ready for next week 😉

      I’d love to get one of those trilogy reviews for FC readers too [wink, wink]

  3. Awesome, thank you for the link! It’s so great that you read those and still find something to enjoy there 🙂
    My weekend plans are to finish my dissertation because it’s gotta be ready for Monday + go to our annual law students ball…I hate that. I don’t like social gatherings, dancing and any such foolishness, but hopefully I’ll see some of my friends there.

      1. Well you made those posts so fun to look at and read, even if I have no idea what’s going on. I’d LOVE it if you do one of those GoT treatment for Spooks, that’d be heavenly 😀

        Annual law students ball, that sounds fun!! I’m not a social butterfly either but I do like hanging out with friends in a lot more mellower events, i.e. dinner/coffee, as opposed to a big soiree.

        Bummer that you’re too busy for movies, but hey, there’s Richard to keep you company, ahah. Yeah I wish he’d stayed on for Season 10 😦

        1. Once I defend the dissertation I’d have the time, so who knows I may have the time to do Spooks special post 🙂

          Yeah, it’s a bit tricky since everyone is from different towns and they go back to their home towns to learn for bar exam, so next few months it’s just learning in solitude 🙂

          Me too..I know he had to give up Strike Back for The Hobbit, I wonder if that’s also the reason he left Spooks.

    1. Hi Ryan! Nice to see you stop by. Hot Docs is here already? Wow, that’s cool. I’ll be on the lookout for some great docs on your blog then 😀

    1. He..he.. I wish I had a TV show I could be obsessing on right now. I have no time for TV watching these days, though I did take a peek at one of my old guilty pleasures Moonlight the other day. I wish they hadn’t canceled that vampire show 😦 Thanks Fogs!

  4. Ted S.

    There’s nothing in theater this weekend I want to see and it’s going to be nice out finally here our state. So I’ll prob be doing something outside most of the weekend. I did received a couple of Bluray discs I ordered from Amazon, Spielberg’s AI, I haven’t seen it in years and Prometheus, haven’t seen it since I saw in theater last summer. Might watch one of those this weekend.

  5. “House at the End of the Street” should stay at the end of the street. I agree with Keith, it’s pretty bad!

    My weekend viewing will be Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963). I’m watching that because I got to meet the star of the film, Tippi Hedren, last week here in Albuquerque. Beautiful lady!

  6. Hey, Ruth! Thanks for the link! Hope you get a chance to see To the Wonder. I’d love to hear your thoughts. I feel as though it can provide no shortage of opinions.

    I saw Pain & Gain last night. Hoping to catch McConaughey in Mud today.

  7. I’m really struggling to not read those GoT posts from Lady Sati! I’ve only just started season 1 and don’t want to spoil things but I just find myself having to take a quick peek!

    1. Ahah yeah, she made it sooo juicy that you can’t take your eyes of ’em. I mean I don’t watch the show and I read her GoT stuff! 😀

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