Tag Archive: France


holy motorsStarring: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes & Kylie Minogue
Written & directed by Leos Carax

In this French fantasy, the mysterious Monsieur Oscar travels the streets of Paris in a limousine, going from appointment to appointment, each time transforming himself into a new persona for a new role.


For those who like films
deeply metaphorical
and batsh*t crazy.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Holy Motors is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2076220/

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Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy & Audrey Fleurot
Written and directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

A wealthy quadriplegic develops a strong friendship with the young man from the projects that he hires to be his caretaker.


A well-worn premise,
but constant laughs will have you
crippled with delight.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Intouchables is now playing in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/
TCFF 12-02

Starring: Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans & Ray Stevenson
Screenplay by Alex Litvak and Andrew Davies
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson

D’Artagnan and the three Musketeers try to stop a deadly conspiracy involving Cardinal Richelieu, the assassin Milday, and the Duke of Buckingham.


It’s all for one, but
one may be for eye-gouging
after watching this.

Grade: C-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Three Musketeers is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/13/12.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1509767/

Written and directed by Werner Herzog

Filmmaker Werner Herzog follows an exclusive expedition into the Chauvet Cave in France, which contains ancient pictorial art dating back over 30,000 years–nearly twice as old as any other known to exist.


Ancient art from a
forgotten world makes for a
memorable film.

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1664894/

Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lambert Wilson & Raphaël Personnaz
Screenplay by Jean Cosmos, François-Olivier Rousseau, Bertrand Tavernier
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

In 16th century France, a woman’s love for her dashing cousin is thwarted when her father’s political ambitions force her into an arranged marriage.


Soooo long, soooo boring.
An inert and poorly-shot
period snoozer.

Grade: C


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Princess of Montpensier is now available on DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1599975/

Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates & Adrian Brody
Written & directed by Woody Allen

A writer on vacation in Paris finds himself transported every midnight to the 1920s and finds inspirtation among the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter and Gertrude Stein.


Nostalgic Woody,
every bit the artistic
genius himself, charms.

Grade: A-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Midnight in Paris is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/