I know we’re in the depths of winter, but this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude was used by Olivier Assayas in Summer Hours, one of my favorites films of the last several years. The tune is “Loser” by Les Plasticines and the girls danced to it at the party Sylvie (Alice de Lencquesaing) threw at her grandmother’s house at the end of the film.

That’s all from me this week. Now it’s  your turn. Has anyone seen anything worth talking about since last week? How about the Golden Globes? Is anyone watching? Lay it on me.

4 Responses to “Summer Watercooler Hours”

  1. Wonderful tune from an irrefutable masterpiece!!!!

    I am settling in to watch the Globes right now with the family!!!

    GO LES MIZ!!!!!!!!!

    GO THE LIFE OF PI!!!!!!!!!! (though I do love LINCOLN and ARGO as well)

    Lucille and I saw two new releases this past week, though we also saw one repeat and I managed the first few installments at home of the stupendous A Story of Film by Irish artist Mark Cousins. I plan to proceed with vigour in the coming days to get through this remarkable series. We saw:

    Quartet **** (Saturday night) Paris Theater

    56 Up **** (Friday night) IFC Film Center

    QUARTET is a far “happier” old age exploration that what we saw in Amour, but apples and oranges here. Dustin Hoffmann’s feature film debut is actually a charming film about a late life re-union of a music team who strut their stuff in a magnificent English rural estate, belting out some celebrated operatic arias in an effort to rekindle the old magic. Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Billy Connelly, and Pauline Collins are all wonderful in a film of irresistible nostalgic shadings and the beauty of opera and classical music.

    Michael Apted’s latest installment in his landmark series that follows British citizens from children to adults and through middle age is 56 UP, and again his exploration of these 14 people is fascinating and revelatory, with a narrative arc to seems to focus on what really matters most. Apted’s labor of love swings back and forth to the earlier footage to establish perspective and metamorphosis.

  2. Summer Hours was amazing. Nice choice.

    I’m watching the Globes now, too. :)

    I didn’t get to the movies this weekend despite my plans to. I just got Moonrise Kingdom from Netflix and will watch it either later after the awards or tomorrow. Never got to see it in the theater but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from everyone.


    Christoph Waltz wins Best Supporting Actor in an upset for DJANGO UNCHAINED.

    Harvey Weinstein is smiling and whooping it up.

    In this case however, who can argue with this choice?

    Waltz was fantastic in that film!!!

  4. So Quartet was good, huh? There’ve been a number of movies dealing with older people in the last year. Besides Amour there was also Exotic Marigold Hotel. They’re all different over course, but interesting.

    Look forward to hearing what you think of Moonrise, Alison. I liked it even better a second time.

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