Archives for March 2011

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Circo

A must-see documentary
(documentary)
Directed by Aaron Schock

From its premise alone, "Circo," Aaron Schock's documentary about the struggles of a traveling, multi-generation family circus, seems to have "small" written all over it. With all the horror stories you hear about crime, poverty and industrial exploitation in Mexico, a story about one little tight-knit brood, acting out this insufferably cheesy form of entertainment seems doomed to fade fast in ... more >

A stranger we loved

Farley Granger leaves us

Hitchcock fans, it's time to mourn; Farley Granger has passed on at the of age 85. Known in his later years for his turn in "Hawaii 5-0," "The Six Million Dollar Man," and "Love Boat," Granger's star first rose in 1948, when he headlined the strange (and strangely short) Hitchcock picture "Rope" with John Dall and Jimmy Stewart. His reputation really soared, however, after he landed the top ... more >

Sucker Punch

Fantastic meet boring
Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish
Directed by Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder’s shortcomings as a director come through loud and clear in "Sucker Punch," a video game in search of a film. Emily Browning plays Baby Doll, a young woman committed to a mental institution by her evil step-father--or is it an upscale gentlemen's club? Baby tends to escape into her dream world a lot and for some reason a strip club where the evil psychiatrists and orderlies (Carla ... more >

Elizabeth Taylor leaves us

Elizabeth Taylor who just died at age 79 evokes words that seem to have been created just for her. Violet eyes: Who ever heard of violet eyes? And how disturbing can it be to look into them? How many men would drown in them? (At last count, the eight who married her, including Richard Burton, twice.) Legend: In Hollywood’s heyday, there was an entire pantheon of those, gradually pared down ... more >

Certified Copy

A Cannes Festival 2010 selection film
Juliette Binoche and William Shimell
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

“Certified Copy” is a film by Abbas Kiarostami which means that it’s s-l-o-w. Slow enough to make you fidget in your seat. Slow enough to take you back to the days of the interminable scenes of couples-- walking apart from each other and not talking—in those excruciating Antonioni films of the sixties. Slow enough to give you time to wonder about the nature of cinema. Should it be entertaining? ... more >

Paul

E.T. phone Comedy Central
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen
Directed by Greg Mottola

“Paul” is another alien movie that feels like ET just phoned it in from home. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) play Graeme and Clive, two British comic book geeks who decide to go on a tour of America’s famous alien tourist spots (think area 51). They come face to face with the real thing when they meet Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), a little green alien who escaped from a government lab and ... more >

Limitless

A trippy transformation movie
Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro
Directed by Neil Burger

Has there been some secret value to a flipped-out Charlie Sheen declaring himself the Nietzschean uebermensch, living by a porn star code that mere mortals could only hope to appreciate? I would say yes. In his little henpecked heart, every man would love to stand on top of a building waving a machete against the world. The cubicle chorus of a billion Internet clicks equates to an army of sad ... more >