Tag: Scene on Film

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

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: 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 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

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