Archives for March 2008

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FILMMAKER IN DISTRESS

What happens when things go seriously awry during a shoot? Filmmaker Michael Brown answered our call for What's Your On The Job Horror Story? with a tale about trudging to the top of Mount Everest with a SONY 900r HD camera. Brown is best known for his film work on Mount Everest having made it four times to the summit. He brought the first HD cam to the top while directing and shooting the ... more >

A FEW DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Every once in a while staying at home and renting a movie is a brilliant idea, even if you live in New York City. That's what I did recently when I saw A Few Days in September, a Selected Film at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. What attracted me to the movie, besides the fact that it was at Venice, was its eclectic cast: John Turturro, Juliette Binoche and Nick Nolte. The lure of ... more >

TRIBECA FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH BABY MAMA

(BY ALI NADERZAD) This year's Tribeca Film Festival will open with a lighthearted comedy about two women who share a pregnancy. To be more exact, one acts as surrogate mother to the other's child. Kate Holbrook, 37 (Tina Fey) is a career-oriented Übermensch who is determined to have a child on her own. Her plans go awry after she discovers that she has a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant. ... more >

UMA THURMAN IN LIFE BEFORE HER EYES

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Vadim Perelman's The Life Before Her Eyes will be released on April 18th (Magnolia Pics) and will star Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood. This film, like his previous one, is about people with secrets and a world that's burdened with a darker subtext than meets the eye. Perelman's characters and their transgressions are a little reminiscent of those in Francois Ozon's films. ... more >

THERE’S SOMEONE AT THE DOOR (A REVIEW OF FUNNY GAMES)

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Director Michael Haneke's Funny Games starring Tim Roth, Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt was released this Friday. Have you seen it? If not, and especially if you did not see the first Funny Games (1997) by the same director, then you ought to. It’s suspenseful and there's even a certain brilliance in it, but be prepared for unchecked wickedness. A upper middle-class family of three ... more >

YOU MAY SAY THAT I’M A DREAMER (A REVIEW OF CHICAGO 10)

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) Abbie Hoffman died at age 52 by swallowing 150 phenobarbital pills—probably a suicide though the accident thesis was never quite ruled out. A few years later, Jerry Rubin was hit by a car while jaywalking in LA, Bobby Seale, etc. etc. You would read these actual facts in the where are they now—or, more aptly, where are they not now—at the end of a lesser film. But with Chicago ... more >

IN FOCUS: MUMBAI CINEMA

(by Anupama Chopra) Indians suffer from a particularly virulent case of movie madness. Their country produces the largest number of films in the world--800-odd a year. Of these, about 200 come from Bollywood, or the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Bollywood is a magical space, brimming with color, stars and songs. Bollywood films unapologetically mix genres, styles, ... more >