Tag: Scene on Film

Scene on Film: ‘Game Change’

By Joan Ellis Game Change is a good movie about a controversial subject. When the Republicans found themselves behind in the 2008 presidential campaign, Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) convinced John...

March 23, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘In Darkness’

By Joan Ellis A long time ago I took an oral history of a woman who drove her five children in a hay wagon from her farm in the Russian...

March 15, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Wanderlust’

By Joan Ellis Is Wanderlust just another lukewarm yuppie comedy? Almost, but not quite. Like it or not, it will be remembered as the movie that broke through the barrier of...

March 9, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: If You Missed These…

By Joan Ellis AFTER THE OSCAR fuss is over, think about catching up on the good movies you may have missed.  You’ll find them somewhere in the digital nether world...

March 1, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: Oscars 2011

By Joan Ellis 2011 brought us the usual mix of good, bad, and indifferent movies that were linked, inexcusably, by interminable barren stretches. There were far too many weeks when...

February 23, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Albert Nobbs’

By Joan Ellis Albert Nobbs is a curiously uncomfortable experience precisely because it is beautifully acted by all hands. Director Rodrigo Garcia deposits us directly in the culture and class...

February 16, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘The Iron Lady’

 By Joan Ellis The critics haven’t warmed to The Iron Lady. Though Meryl Streep has won raves for her performance as Margaret Thatcher, the movie itself  has become as controversial...

February 10, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘A Separation’

By Joan Ellis Imagine a movie so real and immediate that it seems to be unfolding right in front of you. This is A Separation, Iran’s entry for this year’s...

February 3, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘A Dangerous Method’

By Joan Ellis A movie that tackles a controversial aspect of historical figures takes a big risk. A Dangerous Method takes the risk but succeeds primarily in making us curious...

January 26, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘War Horse’

But this is far more than the story of a horse. It is a powerful statement against violence of any kind, especially the barbarism of war. by Joan Ellis Animal...

January 19, 2012 | comments

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