"She so completely creates a world that all of us -- women and men -- aspire to live in."
The film that captured my heart this year more than any other was "Up."
In my limited opportunity to see film these days, I was prompted by several really smart friends who urged me to catch a viewing of "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
Oren Moverman's "The Messenger" expresses a metaphor for the pain of war in the very description of its subject.
Rob Marshall is a filmmaker plus. The plus is the gargantuan talent and technique he possesses for creating, not just films, but film musicals.
I was moved to see the arrival of such a film. The story has a specificity to a certain group of people, and there's an interesting exploration of nonconventional editing, storytelling, etc.
The Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" is a brilliant illustration of the midcentury collision of Jewish ethnicity and the American dream.
"District 9" is a sci-fi documentary, set in a fictional South Africa, where poverty-stricken aliens are held in segregated camps. I was a childhood sci-fi geek.
One of the reasons I'm not afraid to make my very elaborate coffee order at Starbucks is because of Nora Ephron's "When Harry Met Sally."
Clint Eastwood is a master at taking a story and making it personal.
Throughout "Up in the Air," the shiny American airport provides the ideal reflective surface for director Jason Reitman to examine his (and George Clooney's) latest indelible character.