Monday, January 31, 2011


I feel completely disengaged from upcoming 2011 movies currently.  Of course, it's only a month in and nothing that memorable comes in the month of January, but even perusing the upcoming slate, nothing appears to be popping out as, "wow, I need to see this now!"  That mentality, I'm sure, or at least hopeful will past once the awards nausea wears off.  And this one, Beginners, from director Mike Mills might be a nice anecdote.  It won pleasing notices from the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, and has a gifted cast in Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent.  Again, this could be potentially mawkish material, in a man discovering his elderly father is gay.

Always rooting for McGregor to succeed, and he had a wonderful, albeit low key 2010 with two memorable turns in very different films: The Ghost Writer and I Love You Phillip Morris.  Unfortunately, he never gained awards attraction of Polanski's playful thriller, despite winning Best Actor from the European Film Awards.

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