Archives for September 2009

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The Baader Meinhof Complex-REVIEW

The Red Army Faction in the 60s and 70s-a new filmic document
Martina Gedeck and Moritz Bleibtreu
Directed by Uli Edel

Attempting to come to terms with its past is new for Germany. Only for a decade or so have real discussions started not only on Nazism but on more recent events in the country’s troubled history. Such would be the ascent of the Baader-Meinhof gang or Rote armee Fraktion (RAF) that, in the late 1960s and the 1970s, terrorized the establishment and went on a spree of bank robberies, kidnappings, ... more >

Roman Polanski Arrested

But you can still watch "The Ghost Writer," in theatres now

Roman Polanski has been arrested in Europe. What news! It's incredible that thirty years later that incident still haunts him and captivates popular imagination. Polanski, 76, had lived in France for decades to avoid being arrested if he enters the U.S. He declined to collect his Academy Award for Best Director in person when he won it for "The Pianist" in 2003. He was en route to the Zurich ... more >

Fame

Sweeping musical numbers. Sort of.
Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth and Megan Mullally
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen

Was one Fame not enough? Oh, sing the answer in one voice, please. I must admit to being derelict in my film reviewing duties by never having seen the 1980 original. It doesn't really jump out on my must-see old movies list alongside Citizen Kane and Jules and Jim. I'll concede there might be films worth remaking. But most films worth re-introducing to a new generation would be unthinkable to ... more >

Bright Young Filmmakers: Gabe Taraboulsy

A new director profile

Native Montrealer Gab Taraboulsy told Screen Comment,"I just wrapped production on "Recycle Me", and it was a thrilling experience. In film school, you're taught pretty quickly to keep things simple and respect the three rules of production: no children, no animals, and no exterior locations. We broke all those rules. As post-production now starts, we'll see if the gamble paid off." Gab ... more >

Julia

In case you missed it
Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek and Kate del Castillo
Directed by Erick Zonca

Who are our top actors and actresses? In December Screen Comment will be publishing our Best-Of lists (films and actors) and Tilda Swinton, who plays Julia Harris in Erick Zonka's 'Julia' will appear prominently at the top. I just finished watching Julia and was reminded, once again, why Swinton is one of my favorite actors. She plays an alcoholic who loses her job and is forced into AA meetings ... more >

The Informant!

Coming at you from the lunatic fringe

Today is Friday and I'm super excited about something. Things, in fact. One of the more interesting among these is the fact that tonight I will get to see Matt Damon in "The Informant." Some of you might be wondering why a film critic of international notoriety like myself (ha!) has to wait until theatrical release day to see a film and you might be right in asking this. Promotion, marketing and ... more >

500 Days of Summer

In case you missed it
Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Geoffrey Arend
Directed by Marc Webb

  These 500 days span, in haphazard order, boy-thinks-he-meets-girl to boy-doesn’t- get-girl. This last literally as well as metaphorically. To Tom Hansen (acted superlatively by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as to most folks, words like “love,” “boyfriend-girlfriend,” “couple,” define easily graspable concepts. Unfortunately, Tom–who studied to be an architect but instead spends his days in a ... more >