These are the reviews
and other assignments
I'm working on this month.
Amazon DVDs: The Small Back Room - Criterion Collection (Powell & Pressburger), Billy the Kid (profile of a 15-year-old with Aspergers syndrome), The Last Days of Left Eye, and Le Deuxième Soufflé (Jean-Pierre Melville directs Lino Ventura).
Amazon Theatricals: Burn After Reading (the Coen
Bros direct their favorite actors), Flash of Genius
(Greg Kinnear's inventor takes on the auto indus-
try), Igor (animated fable featuring the voices of
John Cusack and Steve Buscemi), Battle in Seat-
tle (docudrama about the WTO protests), Miracle
at St. Anna (Spike Lee takes on WWII), Nick and
Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Michael Cera and
Kat Dennings), and I.O.U.S.A. (Patrick Cread-
on's debt-oriented follow-up to Wordplay).
Still playing or yet to open: Bottle Shock, Brideshead Revisited, Hamlet 2,
Man on Wire, Ping Pong Playa, The Rocker, and Lakeview Terrace (9/19).
Siffblog: The continuation of an interview with
Frozen River's Courtney Hunt and the
start of one with Towelhead's Alan Ball.
Video Librarian: Absolutely Irish, The Blue Elephant,
Edgar & Ellen: Mad Scientists (Nicktoons), Jon & Kate
Plus Eight (reality series), The Last Days of Left Eye,
and Words for the Dying (John Cale and Brian Eno).
Endnote: Powell image from The BFI, from whom I just won
a copy of David Mamet's Bambi vs. Godzilla. Thanks, BFI!