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Ushpizin

Posted by Web Manager on April 20, 2008

Giddy Dar 2004

I’ve thought a lot about this one. No that’s not true actually. But I’ve thought of it a few times. It’s pretty good. The acting is very warm; the director, who played the lead, set a nice tone and pace for the film. I’m not crazy about the ending. The camera style is interesting, very fast and loose, which is at odds with its setting, Jerusalem’s ultra religious Mea Shaarim neighborhood. The plot has a kind of O’Henry quality to it. It really helps that the characters are “returnees” — essentially, the Jewish version of being a born-again, complete with some awol convicts from his old days in Eilat.

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Traveler

Posted by Web Manager on April 19, 2008

Jack N. Green 1997

I rented this by accident.  A friend recommended that I see a movie called TRAVELER and I thought, well it’s strange that it’s a 2007 movie about gypsy grifters in the American South starring Bill Paxton and Mark Wahlberg, but what the heck.  Upon seeing it (eh) and I did a little research and I’m pretty sure she meant for me to see a 1974 film by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami called MOSSAFER which apparently means “Traveler.”

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Frozen Days

Posted by Web Manager on April 13, 2008

Danny Lerner 2006

 

It was weird because I watched it like a week after watching Polanski’s THE TENANT, but without knowing that FROZEN DAYS was basically a remake of that film.  So the whole time I was like hey I know what’s going to happen!  Do you want to know what’s going to happen?  Anybody?  Or maybe I watched FROZEN DAYS first.  That would be even weirder.  I can’t remember.  I do remember that FROZEN DAYS did a bang-up job making Tel Aviv look like a big anonymous city where crazy shit can go down.  Even the iconic mall in the heart of town looked unfamiliar and unsettling in the middle of the night when the heroine goes out to meet a security guard she had been chatting with online.  Also great: the va’ad bayit (co-op board) scenes, and when she’s opening his mail in front of him at the hospital, opens the electric bill and says, “ah, Bi-Monthly” (rough translation).  The director is kind of an up and coming filmmaker in Israel, and I’m excited to see his next film, which was shot at Hess Street Number 8, an apartment building right around the corner from mine that keeps getting rented out to film productions.  The upcoming film stars Olga Kurylenka, the newest bond girl.  I saw her on the street once and it was hot.  Also, between productions I went to an avant garde art show in the building.  On the ground floor there was an installation of sunny side up eggs.  It was a little gross because by the time we got there so had a lot of flies.  On the top floor there was this crazy messy room with shards of glass everywhere and in the middle of it a heafty middle aged woman was bending over.  I totally thought she was part of he exhibit until she stood up and walked over to us.  I jumped and screamed like a girl and she made fun of me for it.

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Jellyfish (Meduzot)

Posted by Web Manager on April 2, 2008

Shira Geffen / Etgar Keret 2007

Did you like ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW?  Shira Geffen did.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Like ME AND YOU, Jellyfish has some very smart moments, especially in its presentation.  Shira and her husband Etgar Keret are not quite as video arty as Miranda July, but Jellyfish goes in that direction.  And like July’s stories, Keret’s and Geffen’s have an airy absurdness to them that doesn’t translate perfectly to the screen.  Both films left me a little unsatisfied.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I’m just saying.

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