Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Funny Games, Michael Haneke, 2007
Haneke's shot-for-shot Engligh language remake of his own domestic terror largely maintains the brutal intensity of the original. Its mimickry, for instance, of the older film's centerpiece 10 minute take, which radiates utter despair, is no less devastating here. The question remains, however, why Haneke would undertake such a literal translation of his own work?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Boarding Gate, Olivier Assayas, 2007
Saturday, June 21, 2008
La Fille coupée en deux (Girl Cut in Two), Claude Chabrol, 2007
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Une vieille maîtresse (The Last Mistress), Catharine Breillat, 2007
Breillat's film, following in relatively close succession from Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterly and Jacques Rivette's The Duchess of Langeais, confirms a recent and quite specific trend in French cinema towards lavish period epics of forbidden love. Much as with those films, Breillat creates a patient work that allows for her characters' indiscretions (notably punctated by the director's trademark carnality) to unspool in an artfully and fully rendered world.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
He Walked by Night, Alfred Werker / Anthony Mann (uncredited), 1948
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Marina Zenovich, 2008
Zenovich marshalls an impressive array of archival footage and freshly staged interviews to craft a strikingly efficient relation of Polanski's notorious convicton (and subsequent flight) for unlawful sex with a minor. The tragic, and in many ways heartbreaking series of events, though, remains no less unsettling for this clarity.