Archives for December 2007

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WALK HARD

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Biopics about rock stars, or shall we simply say popular musicians, are often spun from the same thread because they often concern the same kind of person. They're the classic underdog stories, rife with family-inflicted scars, warped Freudian dynamics and cyclical rehabbing and drug-taking. These predictable but somewhat engrossing turns of the rock star ethos are gleefully ... more >

THE GORE PROBLEM: SWEENEY TODD

(BY ALI NADERZAD) A great show has rolled into town, with fantastical landscapes of 19th century London, tormented characters who entice one another into committing misdeeds big and small, and blood--a lot of blood. Blood by the bucketloads. But this is hardly surprising if you consider that this Sweeney Todd is, in a funny way, the stepchild of Tim Burton (he directed it) and Helena Bonham Carter ... more >

JUNO

(BY ALI NADERZAD) One of the good things about living in the 21st century is that we can confront most taboo issues, like teenage pregnancy, head on. At least that's the bet director Jason Reitman took when he made the sweetly hilarious Juno, out in theatres now. What makes Juno an instant gem is its sense of humor: this serious but self-unaware movie recalls Judd Apatow and Steve Carrell. Michael ... more >

DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

(BY ALI NADERZAD) At over 50, Julian Schnabel has made three films. Each one concerns itself with an artist--Schnabel works with what he knows. His most recent one is better than the other two combined. Forget that, even. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is magnificent: a fluent, powerful film. What got Elle Edito Bauby on a hospital bed? A massive stroke, which vanquished his every motor ... more >

ON SLATE IN 2008

(BY ALI NADERZAD) As the end of the year looms large, SCREEN COMMENT looks at some of what's on slate for next year, in no particular order: Josh Brolin thrilled with two well-executed roles in American Gangster and No Country for Old Men. Patricia Clarkson is currently shooting Married Life, a romantic drama set in 1940s, with Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper. Her tongue-in-cheek performance in ... more >

THE KITE RUNNER

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Ever noticed how New York's streets in movies so closely resemble Toronto's? It seems similar transmutations have been occurring between Iran and Afghanistan. Whenever Iranian characters are portrayed on screen, it is often by Afghani actors--until now, at least. Marc Forster's The Kite Runner, slated for release this November, was adapted from the best-selling novel of the same ... more >

GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

(BY ALI NADERZAD) All eyes are on the Globes this morning as this year's nominees are announced, and to little surprise. No Country For Old Men is a likely nominee in this year's crop of contenders for Best Drama. In fact, this award season could turn out to be a real coup for the Coen Brothers as long as no annoying scandal erupts. One thing that No Country might have against him is its lack of ... more >