Monthly Archives: April 2010


Khargosh – 2

2010-04-28T09:00:53+00:00April 28th, 2010|Reviews|

I think something didn't make it across the cultural divide here. From my Western perspective, this movie socred low on cinematography, acting, characters, plot, credibility and score (there wasn't any). So far as I could tell, this was merely a love story without any romance.

Bluebeard – 8

2010-04-25T08:29:10+00:00April 25th, 2010|Reviews|

[MSPFF] A Renaissance jewel of a film from French director Catherine Breillat. Almost every shot could be a museum still, and every character had a charming face that, Clouet-like, filled the screen. The dialogue and pacing were perfect for the fairy tale portrayed and the postmodern addition of two young girls from the 1950s added [...]

Alamar – 6.5

2010-04-25T08:22:37+00:00April 25th, 2010|Reviews|

[MSPFF] Perfectly lovely Mexican portrait of a grandfather-father-and-son living off and learning about the sea - a gentle sea over a coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico. The ruggedly handsome looks of the father and the way they caught fish and lobster made the movie fun to watch. The characters' hermetic existence - "At [...]

Harlan – the Jew Suss – 3

2010-04-23T08:20:42+00:00April 23rd, 2010|Reviews|

[MSPIFF] A repetitive and poorly edited documentary about a movie director in Nazi Germany, the anti-Semitic film he made and the current views of his descendants. There was no coherent point and we didn't even get a very good sense of the underlying film. Just the same talking heads over and over, with nothing surprising [...]

Summer Pasture – 5

2010-04-23T08:16:08+00:00April 23rd, 2010|Reviews|

[MSPIFF] I have yet to see a film about Tibetan (or Mongolian) nomads that wasn't overwhelmingly beautiful, and this was no exception. Unfortunately, there was no story or drama, except for two minutes when the yaks went missing. When committing to film a summer in the life of a nomad family, the documentary filmmakers need [...]

Women Without Men – 8

2010-04-19T09:06:35+00:00April 19th, 2010|Reviews|

Far and away the most beautiful movie I have seen, or probably will see, this year, Shirin Neshat's study of Iran in 1953 packed a social and political wallop as well. The liner notes and the director's dialogue explained much that I would have missed, notably America's role in overthrowing democracy in Iran 50 years [...]

Red Riding 1974, 1980, 1983 – 6.8

2010-04-19T08:56:37+00:00April 19th, 2010|Reviews|

Long on style, short on sense, these three made-for-TV crime dramas had a Twin Peaks flavor to them, with suspenseful music and an overriding sensation of never knowing exactly what was going on. Partly this was due to the Yorkshire accent, which begged for subtitling, but mostly it was due to the misdirection, which withheld [...]

The Runaways – 5

2010-04-06T10:13:34+00:00April 6th, 2010|Reviews|

On my list of rock'n'roll biopics, this would come in at #27. Every well-worn element was present: dysfunctional family, rebellious teens, Svengali producer, drugs, clashing egos, band breakup, good (not great) soundtrack. On the other hand, I would be happy watching Kristen Stewart read the phonebook, so seeing her play hard-rocking Joan Jett was a [...]

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans – 7.5

2010-04-03T15:12:05+00:00April 3rd, 2010|Reviews|

Totally over-the-top performance by Nicolas Cage, one of my favorite ott actors, in film by Werner Herzog, my favorite ott director. Corrupt on the outside, with great police instincts on the inside, our lieutenant with the consuming drug addiction found new ways to be hysterical in every scene and somehow made me root for his [...]