Category Archives: Movie Free-Talking

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – October, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I made a decision this month. I won’t call it monumental, that’s much too grandiose, but it’s a big deal for me and consequential for this blog. I decided to stop pushing myself to see movies where the main reason to see them is to pick off a new Hollywood release to review this or that weekend. I’ve seen too many bad movies this year following on a couple of other not so great years, and it’s worn me down. Looking on the bright side, some of those recovered hours can be allocated to other writing and some to seeing interesting-looking here today, gone tomorrow limited release titles. Continue reading

Trailers for Movies I Like: Chocolate (2008)

by HELEN GEIB

An occasional series. Title self-explanatory.

A Few Good Blog Posts (October, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly round-up of recent blog posts I enjoyed reading.

Writing about Drive at…

Cannelton Critic

The Cooler

Gateway Cinephiles

MONDO 70: A Wild World of Cinema

Scanners

DVD Double Feature Challenge

by HELEN GEIB

Recently Nir and I have had fun with “DVD of the Week” posts where we proposed double features from our personal DVD collections. The themes for our fantasy double bills ranged from competing visions of the city of the future to old-fashioned melodramas about fathers and sons.

Now it’s your turn to play! Leave a comment with three double features from your DVD collection. Continue reading

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – September, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Warrior and Drive are two of the best movies I’ve seen in the theater this year. However, there is one downside to the return of good movies to the multiplex, namely that when I go out of town for a weekend it’s hard to catch up with what I’ve missed. I’ll have to move fast if I’m going to catch The Debt, and after that comes Killer Elite. Continue reading

Film Buff Movie of the Month: Far From Heaven (2002) and All That Heaven Allows (1955)

by HELEN GEIB

Short posts on my film club’s “movie of the month” series.

Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven is an arthouse remake of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows. How “arthouse”? It’s remake/re-imagining, stylistic homage, and critical commentary in one. Both films are glorious expressions of stylized and stylish visuals. Continue reading

Trailers for Movies I Like: Faust (1926)

by HELEN GEIB

An occasional series. Title self-explanatory.

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Related Commentary Track Post: Faust and the Art of Silent Film Music

A Few Good Blog Posts (September, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly round-up of recent blog posts I enjoyed reading.

“Infamous & Elusive: The True Story of Jesse James” at The Cooler Continue reading

Road Trip Movies? Discuss!

by HELEN GEIB

This post is a day late going up for the excellent to my mind reason that I just got home from a driving trip to Colorado. My excuse is the prompt for this month’s discussion topic: road trip movies. Continue reading

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – August, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I’m not confident enough in my definitions to say if indie comedy-dramas about misfit high-schoolers are a genre, a category, or a trend, but whatever they are Terri fits the bill. The bill includes a cast of (mostly) unknowns, natural lighting, unobtrusive camerawork, and on the story front, an open-ended ending after piling on (the difficult home life, the bullying at school, the weirdo best friend, the physical differentness, the etc., etc.). I enjoyed it even though that’s not really my cup of tea; you’ll definitely want to catch it on DVD if it’s yours. Jacob Wysocki, the young actor who plays the title character, is natural and appealing, but the main attraction is the unusual, truthful, and delicately handled friendship between Terri and his principal, played wonderfully by headliner John C. Reilly. Continue reading