Sunday, November 30, 2008
Redbelt, David Mamet, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Zoo, Robinson Devor, 2007
Self-described by the filmmakers as a "thought experiment," Devor and screenwriter Charles Mudede's stark investigation of/meditation on a controversial 2005 bestiality incident can scarcely be termed documentary. While the director's construction is unquestionably artful it is likewise ethically suspect.
Splinter, Toby Wilkins, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Un conte de Noel (Christmas Tale), Arnaud Desplechin, 2008
Desplechin's domestic epic is a glorious tangle of neuroses and insinuations, all accented by the director's strange, staccato rhythms. Thankfully, Desplechin's dysfunctional Vuillard clan is not so precious, hopeless, or insufferable as the creations of stateside contemporaries Noah Baumbach and the like.