Archives for June 2008

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WANTED (BUT NOT DESIRED)

Grade: D Cast: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, Terence Stamp. Director: Timur Bekmambetov (By Kevin Bowen) If each film has its own cinematic vocabulary, then Wanted would mainly consist of the seven words they wouldn’t let George Carlin say on television. It’s not just that the comic book feature, directed by Russian Timur Bekmambetov, doesn’t flinch ... more >

THE DAWN OF ANIMATED REALISM? WALL-E

Grade: B . Directed by: Andrew Stanton (By Kevin Bowen) So, what, you want me to admit it? Fine, I’ll get the admissions out of the way. Wall-E is a brilliantly executed, technically impressive animated feature about the last pollution-cleaning robot on an abandoned, trash-heap future Earth. God bless the blistered fingers that ran around a keyboard to create its astounding level of animated ... more >

FRENCH HEART-STOPPER: TELL NO ONE

(BY ALI NADERZAD) After the success of his debut feature, My Idol, director Guillaume Canet brings to the screen his adaption of Harlan Coben's best-seller Tell No One, slated for release in early July 2008. Canet, visiting recently in New York City, said, "I felt invested by the story. Each time I meet an actor I like, I want to work with them. With this story, I had lots of parts to hand out!" ... more >

Harmony Korine

"I need to believe in something to get through the day. That’s my own thing"

There’s a weariness about Harmony Korine as he stands against a urinal in the Soho Grand Hotel. I suggest to him that we have the interview out in the garden since the hotel's lounge is as hot as a proofing oven. He straightens himself up, says, “Fine, man, whatever.” Life for Korine has been swirling downward after Julien Donkey-boy came out in 1999. After the meltdown he walked away from ... more >

SERGEI BODROV’S MONGOL

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) A delicate love story flowering amidst carnage and mayhem, powerful armies facing off in bloody battles, widescreen snowy peaks and steppes, hero overcoming all odds, have we seen all this over and over? Yes and no. This is not just another epic but the story of the first thirty years of the life of Timujin who would continue on to become one of the fiercest and most ... more >

MOTHER NATURE’S EVIL SIDE: THE HAPPENING

The Happening [R] Grade: C Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Betty Buckley. Director: M. Night Shyamalan. (BY KEVIN BOWEN) There’s a scene early in M. Night Shyamalan’s brilliantly bad, ingeniously insipid The Happening that will set the tone for the rest of the film. In a world of zombie-like mass suicides, standing in an eerie traffic jam, a dead-eyed police officer ... more >

CYD CHARISSE DEAD AT 86

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) Quick, the silver screen’s most legendary legs! The French call perfectly proportioned lower limbs jambes de star, but there aren’t that many. Funny, come to think of it, that the cinema, with so many perfectly beautiful women, would not have that many renowned for their legs. The no-contest of course is Marlene Dietrich, the German über star for whom the word sultry should ... more >