Archives for June 2009

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Here come the autobots. Again.
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel
Directed by Michael Bay

  I won't judge you solely on the fact that you want to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I'm sure there are good deeds in you past that can somewhat atone for it. But I'm not sure there is any level of sainthood that can fully cleanse yourself from this. The sole innovation of Michael Bay's giant metamorphosing alien robot epic is somehow turning a Gremlin hatchback into a ... more >

Home

You've never seen a doc quite like this one

How often does a film, no matter how important, affect the result of elections? “Home,” the stirring documentary made on the environmental issues regarding our planet by famed photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has done just that. In last Sunday’s European parliamentary elections, the ecologist movement has made incredible strides, credit tens of millions of viewers in a single day. ... more >

FIRST PICS: Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton has revisited Alice in Wonderland. Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter will star. To reprise today's theme of 'strange bedfellows,' notice anything strange about that cast? Depp and Bonham Carter, yay, but Anne Hathaway? How did this come about? Although she has had a famous career in the movies and was part of some of the highest-profile titles to be rolled out of ... more >

Mohsen Makhmalbaf in Paris

Street demonstrations just got more interesting

The life and work of Mohsen Makhmalbaf would make great material for a novel. Makhmalbaf, one of the three top directors of the Iranian cinema (the other two being Abbass Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi) was born in 1957 in one of the poorer districts of Tehran in South Tehran. He grew up running from one petty job to another to support his mother while, already wanting to put an end to injustice, as ... more >

Peter Greenaway in Venice

At the Biennale

That old farceur Peter Greenaway continues to enjoy legitimacy and relevance. The trained painter who directed Drowning by Numbers has mounted a light and-sound exhibit at the Venice Biennale which appears to be quite exceptional. This is not his first revisitation of Renaissance art. In 2007 and 2008 he mounted other exhibits in Italy as part of a series of works entitled 'Nine Classical ... more >

NEDA X.

By ALI NADERZAD - I need to veer off course a little to bring up the situation in Iran, specifically the amateur videos which have been going viral. This is an event in which everyone has front-row seats. Having this much access to the visuals from Tehran is extraordinary and it's thanks to demonstrators with a camera and an internet connection. State news agencies hardly discuss the protests and ... more >

Whatever Works

A sharper, wittier Woody Allen
Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson
Directed by Woody Allen

Whenever a new Woody Allen film arrives, I meet it with a certain discomfort. No matter how eloquently or ineloquently he handles his favorite ongoing theme –the role of chance, fate, luck in the universe –you know it is a ninety-minute attempt to escape culpability for that most infamous romantic episode in his life. What? Leave my partner for her teenage daughter? It’s just random chance. ... more >