Jennifer’s Bright Meatballs (Weekly Links)

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Bright Star: soothe thy lips.

Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week:

Bright Star. “Measured, murmuring.”

Jennifer’s Body. “Nothing gets in the way of the one-liners.”

Love Happens. “One watches this movie wishing for a bit of incompetence or sloppiness.”

The Burning Plain. “Just dependent clauses.”

The Informant! “His brain spinning like a gerbil on a wheel.”

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. “Nonstop monsoon of cheeseburgers and flapjacks.”

Somers Town. “Creates a glow around itself.”

Big Fan. “Some truly unexpected twists.”

Movie Diary 8/25/2009

Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009). The romance of John Keats and Fanny Brawne, with much of Campion’s attention focused on the performances of Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish in those roles. Most intriguing element: Paul Schneider, that unusual actor, as Keats’s conflicted friend Charles Armitage Brown. (full review 9/18)

Lorna’s Silence (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2008). How the Dardennes come up with their knotty ethical tales is a mystery, and this is another tough slice of contemporary life – yet it tips into something like fable toward the end. (full review 8/28)