Tag: Joan Ellis

Scene on Film: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

By Joan Ellis Tomas Alfredson has used every trick in his director’s book to make sure we don’t relax during Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  The result is a dead quiet...

January 12, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’

By Joan Ellis With the exception of a prolonged siege of brutal sexual violence, everything about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is terrific. Unfortunately, the siege is essential in...

January 6, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Melancholia’

By Joan Ellis The tendency to dismiss Melancholia is great; the question of whether it’s possible or wise to dismiss anything directed by Lars von Trier is another question altogether....

January 4, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Carnage’

By Joan Ellis Carnage is a comic drama perfectly suited to the Broadway stage where it won Tony awards in 2009 for Best Play, Best Actress, and Best Director.  Director Roman...

December 23, 2011 | comments

Scene on Film: Hugo

by Joan Ellis Just go to Hugo. Martin Scorsese has created a magical movie from places beloved in books, in movies, and in reality. Movie lovers tend to love train...

December 15, 2011 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘My Week With Marilyn’

 By Joan Ellis My Week With Marilyn opens with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) stepping from a plane into a sea of London flashbulbs. She has come to make a movie,...

December 9, 2011 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘The Descendants’

by Joan Ellis It is Clooney’s gift that in spite of being born with the burden of an irresistible face, he is able to check his ego at the door...

December 2, 2011 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘J. Edgar’

By Joan Ellis Director Clint Eastwood loves a challenge and he took on a zinger when he decided to make  J. Edgar.  The vain and powerful FBI director was not...

November 18, 2011 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘The Skin I Live In’

By Joan Ellis The Skin I Live In is yet another twist in celebrity entitlement. It seems that when directors achieve world-wide recognition for their considerable talents, they feel entitled...

November 11, 2011 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Margin Call’

by Joan Ellis Movies don’t get more topical than Margin Call.  At a time when the country is polarized between those who blame the banks for the financial crisis and...

November 4, 2011 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Way’

by Joan Ellis It’s odd to have reservations about a film as unusual and appealing as The Way.  This is the work of Emilio Estevez who plays a small role...

October 28, 2011 | comments

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