Sunday, January 27, 2008

SMYT #18: WTF?!: Youth Without Youth, Sunshine, I Know Who Killed Me

"WTF" for the purposes of this episode is defined as: A film that had very high aspirations but somewhere along the way fell very short and it's that unintentional free fall that we will be discussing and celebrating.

Youth Without Youth dir: Francis Ford Coppola starring: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Matt Damon.

Sunshine dir: Danny Boyle starring: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Evans, Benedict Wong.

I Know Who Killed Me dir: Chris Sivertson starring: Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormand, Garcelle Beauvais, Jessica Rose.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

SMYT #17: I Was Born Here and Now I'm a Tourist: Persepolis, the Namesake, 2 Days in Paris.

Persepolis co-dir: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud starring: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni.

the Namesake dir: Mira Nair starring: Irfan Khan, Tabu, Kal Penn, Jacinda Barrett.

2 Days in Paris dir: Julie Delpy starring: Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Marie Pillet, Albert Delpy.

See also:

  • Marjane Satrapi's appearance on the Colbert Report.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

SMYT #16: Dysfunctional Families: Juno, the Savages, Georgia Rule.

Juno dir: Jason Reitman starring: Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman.

the Savages dir: Tamara Jenkins starring: Laura Linney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco.

Georgia Rule dir: Garry Marshall starring: Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Cary Elwes.


  • A League of Their Own was indeed directed by Penny Marshall.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

SMYT #15: Best, Worst and In Between of 2007.

Best of
2 Days In Paris
After The Wedding
Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
Broken English
Charlie Wilson’s War
Colma: the Musical
Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Eve and the Fire Horse
Fay Grim
Hannah Takes The Stairs
Margot At The Wedding
the Namesake
No Country For Old Men
Old Joy
Paris Je T'aime
the Savages
Secret Life of Words

Honorable mentions:
12:08 East of Bucharest
3:10 to Yuma
the Host
Inland Empire
Rescue Dawn
This is England

Revelations in 2007:

Casey Affleck
Eighties slasher films
Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild
Ashley Judd
Doris Wishman
Happy Endings
Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du Cinema
the Intruder
Stephanie Daley
Werckmeister Harmonies

A History of Violence
Away From Her
I’m Not There

Guilty Pleasures:
Blood and Chocolate
In the Land of Women
Michael Clayton
Mr. Brooks
the TV Set

Worst of 2007:
28 Weeks Later
30 Days of Night
Air Guitar Nation
Audience of One
Because I Said So
Black Snake Moan
Darjeeling Limited
Darwin Awards
Eastern Promises
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
I Know Who Killed Me
In the Valley of Elah
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Knocked Up
the Oh! In Ohio
Reign Over Me
the Return
Science of Sleep

Cathy's favorite film experience of the year: watching The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at 4 Rue Christine in Paris.

Films not seen as of press time: Regular Lovers, There Will Be Blood, Atonement, 4 Months, Three weeks, and 2 Days, Things We Lost In The Fire, Offside, Manufactured Landscapes, Lake of Fire, Live-in Maid, Quiet City, Colossal Youth, Youth Without Youth, The Last Winter, My Best Friend, Time, Syndromes and a Century, Vivere, Billy the Kid

Happy New Year!