Sunday, March 02, 2008

A Fistful
of Film
(and Music)

These are the reviews and assignments I'm working on this month.

Amazon DVDs: The Air I Breathe (introspective thriller with Forest Whitaker and Brendan Fraser), Five Days [two-disc set] (British miniseries with Janet McTeer), My Boy Jack (with Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe as Rudyard Kipling's son), The Color of Freedom (Mandela docudrama with Dennis Haysbert), and Un-
stable Fables - 3 Pigs and a Baby
(animation from Henson Co.).

Amazon Theatricals: Run Fat Boy Run (with Simon Pegg), Snow Angels (fourth feature from George Washington's David Gordon Green), Shelter, Son of Rambow (from SIFF '07), and Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib).

Still playing: Caramel, Charlie Bartlett, Chicago 10, City of Men, and Penelope. CD reviews of Teedo,
Vendetta Valentine, Dub Pistols,
Voyager One, Jill Cunniff, Lucy
, Fad Gadget/Frank Tovey,
the Dirtbombs, Monade, Ut, the
Dreamscapes Project
, and [munk].

Siffblog: Michael Haneke's US remake of Funny Games, Jean-
Luc Godard's long-lost La Chinoise, and an interview with Green (whose filmography includes All the Real Girls and Undertow).

Video Librarian: The Last Emperor - Criterion Collection [four-
disc set] (click here for my Amazon review), Tell Me You Love Me
- The Complete First Season [four-disc set], Pierrot le Fou - Criter-
ion Collection (click here for my Siffblog review), American Car-
ny, Ziggy Marley - Love Is My Religion, Bugs! A Rainforest Ad-
venture, Lost in Beijing, Summer Palace, Origin: Spirits of the
Past, G.I. Jesus, Blue Man Group - How to be a Megastar, Hip
Hop Awards 2007, and Robyn Hitchcock - Sex, Food, Death...and Insects.

Above: Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto in 1967's La Chinoise.

Endnote: I'm included among the thank-you's in the re-
vised edition of Bob Cumbow's The Films of Sergio Leone
(along with a number of other friends and associates). It's
an honor to be associated with either gentleman. Speaking
of fistfuls, Rhino's Ennio Morricone anthology is subtitled
A Fistful of Film Music; more recently, Seth Gordon sub-
titled his King of Kong doc, A Fistful of Quarters. Images
from Britannica Junior Encyclopaedia and

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