Archives for April 2009



“In the electric mist”

Detective Robicheaux is on the prowl
John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard and Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

There are several versions of Bertrand Tavernier’s “In the Electric Mist” floating about, appropriately enough given the title. Don’t know which one I’ve just seen but it is safe to assume that they are all as confusing. I would advise avoiding trying to tie together the several story lines, sitting back and enjoying the New Orleans setting, the great performances by John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard ... more >


A preview of things to come

The festival which Robert de Niro and Jane Rosenthal launched to help revive the namesake neighborhood after the September 11th attacks is 8 years young this year (the Tribeca Film Center had been founded by them in 1989). I remember attending the inaugural concert in Hudson River Park in 2002, at which De Niro gave his impassioned speech and lighted paper balloons floated above us. The Tribeca ... more >

Paris 36

A little walk down memory lane
Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac and Kad Merad
Directed by Christophe Barratier

The first beauty of Faubourg 36 – aka Paris 36, or whatever we uncultured Barbarian Americans are calling it – is that the story of the film is wrapped into the story of the story. Dedicated but talent-short amateur performers keep the paint fresh at a Paris people’s theater in 1936. A Hitler-loving meanie financier treats the theater as a socialist bug to be crushed under his jackboot. ... more >