Archives for July 2008

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EGYPTIAN FILMMAKER HELD THE KEYS TO THE WORLD

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) Very few individuals are peerless, very few stand to represent an entire art form in some part of the world. Is Shakespeare the greatest writer who ever lived? Rembrandt the greatest painter? Cinema has a plethora of hugely talented directors, particularly in the West where the form was born. (Among these Western countries, Sweden is possibly the exception, with one single ... more >

MAMMA MIA: WE DECIDE SO YOU WON’T HAVE TO

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) Reasons to see Mamma Mia: 1. Meryl Streep 2. The gorgeous, but gorgeous Greek islands. 3. Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, their Englishness and Welshness and good looks and good manners always a treat. 4. A couple of good songs. 5. Energetic Bollywoodish choreography. Reasons not to see Mamma Mia: 1. Meryl Streep, the greatest actress of our times and one of the greatest of ... more >

TRAVELS WITH WERNER: ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) In The Gods Must Be Crazy Xi the little bushman travels to the end of the world so he can drop off the edge the coke bottle that has brought strife into his Kalahari desert hut village. The end of the world is that mythical space which, if we could reach it, would give us the new life we all crave, the one where mistakes would be forgotten and achievement no longer out of ... more >

DIRTY HARRY REINCARNATED: THE DARK KNIGHT

(By Kevin Bowen) The Dark Knight [PG-13] Grade: A Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine. Director: Christopher Nolan. At the beginning of this decade, did anyone foresee that some of the most ambitious American filmmaking would come in the form of action films? No, I didn’t think so. Not in the heyday of the arthouse craze. ... more >

THE LANDSCAPE OF MEMORY: JELLYFISH

(By Kevin Bowen) Jellyfish (Mezudot) [No rating] Grade: B Cast: Sarah Adler, Nikol Leidman, Gera Sandler, Noa Knoller, Ma-nenita De Latorre, Zaharira Harifai, Ilanit Ben Yaakov Director: Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret How do the critics love thee? Let us count the "waves." China. Scandinavia. Iran. Mexico. Korea. Romania. All of these places have, in the past two decades, been termed to have ... more >