Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Making the Cine

For the past few years, GreenCine's David Hudson has linked to the maj-
ority of my Siffblog reviews. These
are the most recent occurences:

"Kathy Fennessy, writing at the Siffblog, is reminded of 70s-era sitcoms: "If anything, My Brother's Wedding is even funnier than a boxed set of Sanford and Son, Good Times, or What's Happening....Burnett's targets may be similar—shiftless sons, judgmental parents—but the combination of real people, authentic locations, and higher-stakes situations only makes the humor seem that much richer"... The Mumble Without a Cause series rolls on at the Northwest Film Forum through October 3 and, at the Siffblog, Kathy Fennessy's caught up with Hannah Takes the Stairs. Well, she's not won over: "I didn't find the scenario implausible. Nor did I think the acting was terrible. I just didn't care"... The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens Friday and runs through October 21 and, at the Siffblog, Kathy Fennessy previews André Techiné's The Witnesses, "an elegy for lives lost in vain. And forgotten. 'Life-affirming' may be a stretch, but The Witnesses is anything but depressing"... "When I think about Lumet and the tragedy, I flash back to Long Days Journey into Night (1962)," writes Kathy Fennessy at the Siffblog. "More so than his '70s-era police pictures and corruption classics (Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Network, etc), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead evokes Eugene O'Neill, Anton Chekhov, William Shakespeare, and even a few of those Greek guys"... Kathy Fennessy at the Siffblog on The Landlord: "Though Harold and Maude would secure his reputation the following year—once it caught on, that is—[Hal] Ashby's first film proves he had the touch from the start." At the Northwest Film Forum from Friday through Thursday.

Endnote: Thanks, David. Thanks, GreenCine. Before the Dev-
il Knows You're Dead continues at The Egyptian Theatre, The Landlord opens at The Northwest Film Forum this Friday, and
My Brother's Wedding is now available on DVD with Charles
Burnett's first film, Killer of Sheep. Images from the archives.

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