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Archive for October, 2008

Electric Blanket Named Moshe

Posted by Web Manager on October 30, 2008

Assi Dayan 1995

Oh man. Original and beautiful and smart and sad. And it has a great title. Basically I doubt you’re going to find this in the States, so my review is only for Fucky‘s Israeli reader, and if you’re an Israeli reader of Fucky, well, holy shit my hat’s off to you — you probably know this film already and if you don’t, then just go see it; you don’t need me to tell you so.

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Husbands

Posted by Web Manager on October 28, 2008

John Cassavetes 1970

This film is not available on DVD, but the video store had a copy on video. I found a secondhand VCR online, drove out, met the guy, bought it, took it home and connected it to the TV just to see HUSBANDS.  I haven’t used the VCR since, but it remains one of my best purchases ever – absolutely worth it to get to see HUSBANDS.

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12:08 East of Bucharest

Posted by Web Manager on October 26, 2008

Corneliu Porumboiu 2006

A.O. Scott of the NY Times called this and FOUR MONTHS, THREE WEEKS AND TWO DAYS, two of his favorite movies of 2007. Both films are Romanian and set in the bleak years of communist rule. Neither is funny. In the case of FOUR MONTHS, this is not a problem at all because it’s not supposed to be a funny movie. But 12:08 is a comedy; the fact that it’s not funny is therefore a problem, at least for me. It doesn’t even have any funny moments. Maybe A.O. likes these two films so much because they do such a good job of setting themselves in the Eastern Bloc of the eighties, and there is something so filmy about that time/place that film buffs can’t help but enjoy. To sum up, if you’re deciding which Romanian film of 2006/7 to rent, pick FOUR MONTHS.  And if you’re looking for a good bleak comedy there’s no reason to go all the way to Romania. Try England.

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Network

Posted by Web Manager on October 23, 2008

Sidney Lumet 1976

Uh, you haven’t seen NETWORK?  No, its not with Melanie Griffith.  You’re confused.  NETWORK is cool.   It’s a little over the top, probably because it was made in the seventies, when even Hollywood films were supposed to be artistic, so there’s like these artistic moments sometimes, that, between me and Mr. Lumet, are unnecessary.  I can say this because I’m on a major Sidney Lumet kick right now, having just read his book “Making Movies.”  And I totally appreciate him.  And there is something artistic about his movies – mainly the acting.  The acting is what defines his films; it is always good.  Apparently this is because they always rehearse a lot before shooting.  He’s really into shooting on schedule and under budget.  Total professional this guy.  Anyhow, NETWORK is good.

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* Blue of Noon *

Posted by Web Manager on October 22, 2008

Georges Bataille 1935

“To a greater or lesser extent, everyone depends on stories, on novels, to discover the manifold truth of life.  Only such stories, read sometimes in a trance, have the power to confront a person with his fate.  This is why we must keep passionately striving after what constitutes a story: how should we orient our efforts to renew or rather, to perpetuate the novel? 

Many minds are no doubt preoccupied with various techniques that will compensate for the surfeit of familiar forms.  But what is the point in this – assuming that we wish to find out what a novel might be – unless first of all a ground is ascertained and clearly delineated?  A story that reveals the possibilities of life is not necessarily an appeal; but it does appeal to a moment of fury without which its author would remain blind to these possibilities, which are those of excess.  

. . . How can we linger over books to which their authors have manifestly not been driven?”

 — Georges Bataille, from the preface to the 1957 reprinting of his novel The Blue of Noon 

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Nobody Knows

Posted by Web Manager on October 19, 2008

Kore-eda Hirokazu 2004

 

An overt homage to Truffaut’s 400 BLOWS  (from the musical score to the final freeze frame), this is one of those rare gems in which I felt completely immersed in the filmmaker’s world. That world is a quiet one of small progressive movements within a modern and alienating reality. I really liked this movie.

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The American Friend

Posted by Web Manager on October 19, 2008

Wim Wenders 1977

From the director of PARIS, TEXAS and WINGS OF DESIRE – loved both. Unlike some friends, the AMERICAN FRIEND will not let you down.  The plot intrigue might be a little thrown together but the characters are clear and fun to watch. Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper are great together. That they look and move alike only adds to the strange affinity that develops between the two characters over the course of the film. Also, I’m pretty sure Hopper’s character was the physical basis for the character of Eli Cash in Wes Anderson’s THE ROYAL TENNBAUMS (played by Owen Wilson); the haircut, the eyeglasses, and the cowboy hat are spot on the same.  (geek-out: see also RUSHMORE, where the character of Dirk Calloway’s physical appearance resembles Rene, Antoine Doinelle’s friend in Truffaut’s FOUR HUNDRED BLOWS.)

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Broken English

Posted by Web Manager on October 17, 2008

Zoe Cassavetes 2007

I like watching Parker Posey on screen in almost anything, but I didn’t like this very much.  I thought the characters acted dumber than they were.  Maybe it was because they were drinking all the time.  That much I liked, and that alcohol wasn’t an obvious “issue” in the film but it still had a major impact on the events that unfolded and altered the course of the characters lives. This felt very real in terms of New York, where I think everyone drinks way more than they realize.

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A Man and a Woman (Un Homme et Une Femme)

Posted by Web Manager on October 15, 2008

Claude Lelouch (1966)

This highly stylized film has some sticking power.  I watched it at my parents’ house, and when my mother walked by while it was playing she recognized the music – from when she saw it in the theater 40 years ago.  Discussing the plot is difficult without spoiling it, partly because of the editing (by which the past is revealed in flashback conversations in the form of musical interludes depicting the content of these conversations) and partly because very little happens.  Still I enjoyed watching it, and not just because the leading actors are so very beautiful, but mostly because of that.  I also like when he stops for gas on the way back to Paris after the rally.

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