Archives for January 2008

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3-D CINEMA MAKING A COMEBACK

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) It's hard to believe that in the early fifties 3-D movies were considered, briefly, the wave of the future. Audiences dutifully wore the dark plastic glasses that gave three dimensions to the images on the screen and sat through now-classics such as Vincent Price in House of Wax (1953; which boasted another first, stereo sound outside Cinerama, another format that remained the ... more >

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Film won the Palme D'Or in 2007 and a number of other awards after that
Anamaria Marinca, Vlad Ivanov and Laura Vasiliu
Directed by Cristian Mungiu

In “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days” ("4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile" in the Romanian original), director Cristian Mungiu illustrates the difficulties faced by Romanians with a story about a black market abortion. Without conceit or a message being passed on, we become witnesses to how an average life in Romania can be affected by daily pressures under Ceaucescu’s Romania and how mundane goals like ... more >

Alice’s House

Which secrets lie behind the door?
Carla Ribas, Berta Zemel and Vinicius Zinn
Directed by Chico Teixeira

Certain films, like Chico Teixeira's Alice's House, currently enjoying a limited theatre run nationwide, give us an unobstructed view onto the mundane lives of others. Because their lives are usually mundane, especially the people who live on the other side of town. Overcrowded apartments, men eating voraciously in silence (making diner conversation is not key), the occasional tiff breaking ... more >

Cloverfield

Something has found us
Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas and T.J. Miller
Directed by Matt Reeves

Cloverfield ought to come with a warning label: leave off the extra butter on your pop-corn, for it might be too much to handle for your stomach. The entire film is shot by a handheld camera belonging to one of the friends attending a going away party for one of their best mates. And Hud (T.J. Miller) is no P.T. Anderson. In fact, the jittery shots seem almost purposeful, as if they were ... more >

FOCUS ON FILMMAKERS: CAO HAMBURGER

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Cao Hamburger has written and shot a series for HBO called Sons of Carnaval and one childrens' feature film called Castle Ra-Tim-Bum (1999). His film The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, about what happens when a young boy is left to his own device in a strange neighborhood of Sao Paulo by his political activist parents, has been making a lot of noise on the festival circuit. A ... more >

HEATH LEDGER: A LOOK BACK

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Australian-born Heath Ledger died today at the Manhattan apartment of Marie-Kate Olsen. Pills were found scattered near his bed which indicate a possible overdose. The actor had also been suffering from pneumonia. It's a tragic end for a young actor (he was only 28) who challenged himself and the status quo when choosing roles. A native of Perth, his ambitions of acting first ... more >

AND THE NOMINATION GOES TO…

(BY ALI NADERZAD) The Academy Awards nominees have been announced! Excitement! Triumph! Controversy! Disappointment . . . Some names are missing from the Foreign Film category, including Cristian Mungiu's haunting 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. In the Best Picture category, the thriller Michael Clayton shares the race with Juno, Atonement, No Country for Old Men ... more >