Tag Archives: Drama

The Blind Side (2009)

What possessed me to watch another Sandra Bullock film this year after suffering the atrocities of The Proposal? Maybe it was the resounding cry by critics of how remarkably not bad it was or the promise of more white guilt. Actually, scratch that. I got enough white guilt shoved down my throat with Avatar for both this and the next decade. It certainly wasn’t the allure of football. Maybe it was because I needed some good old human melodrama and a reminder that Sandra Bullock can act. Continue reading The Blind Side (2009)

Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

The story of a kid visiting a magical world is nothing new to storytelling. With such classics as A Wrinkle in Time and The Chronicles of Narina the idea of children going back and forth between two dimensions is nothing new. But what happens when the line between the two is blurred? What if the waking world and the fantasy world are constantly vying for the same space, both grasping at the fabric of your mind? Continue reading Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Wes Anderson has done it again. When I initially saw the trailer for the film something about it screamed failure. The archaic stop-motion animation, the lack of a strong plot and a cast of characters that look to be one dimensional all seemed like the potential for some wire thin filmmaking with covered up with a few charming elements. But once again Wes Anderson has flirted with near disaster and sidestepped simplicity by a narrow margin. And to make my own review a bit of a challenge I’m going to refrain from using the q-word that gets slapped on every Wes Anderson picture. Continue reading Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Julie & Julia (2009)

2007 saw a small resurgence of food related feature films with three notable pictures: Pixar’s superb tale of a rodent chef in Ratatouille, Adrienne Shelly’s tragically final film about a pies and an affair in Waitress and poor romance wrapped around some solid drama in No Reservations. Some of that goodness has rubbed off on Julie & Julia and while it doesn’t reach the quality of any of those films it does continue in that spirit. Continue reading Julie & Julia (2009)

You (2009)

This is around the time of year where movie theaters start releasing motion pictures that are a bit more on the serious side. It’s time for the dramatic and emotional (and I don’t mean that poorly manufactured romantic comedy emotional). But since I live in the middle of Texas in a cinematic cesspool the closest thing I’ll get to a drama this side of Christmas will be a movie about football. Therefore, it’s up to the indie scene and the power of Netflix instant to give me that dramatic fix until Oscar season rolls around. Continue reading You (2009)