Saturday, December 31, 2011

Movies
for Music
Lovers:
2011
Edition



Click here
for the
2010
edition


Some of these films premiered in the US in 2010, but didn't make
their way to Seattle until this year, in which case I deferred to lo-
cal release dates. Some missed the city altogether, in which case I
caught up via DVD, Blu-ray, or download. Altogether, I saw over
250 titles, and wrote about most of them for Amazon, Siffblog,
Line Out, and Video Librarian (the links lead to my reviews).

Just as my 2011 music list revolves around post-punk, a post-
punk vibe runs through many of these films. Animals also a-
bound, as do animalistic human beings, like Ryan Gosling's
Driver
with his scorpion jacket (a clue to his true nature).

The Tops:
1. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
2. Poetry (Lee Chang-dong)
3. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
4. Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki)
5. Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga)
6. Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
7. The Skin I Live In / La Piel Que Habito (Pedro Almodóvar)
8. Project Nim (James Marsh)
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)
10. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives /
Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chat (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)



Runners-up:
1. The Descendants (Alexander Payne)
2. Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)
3. A Screaming Man / Un Homme
Qui Crie
(Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)

4. The Help (Tate Taylor)
5. Beginners (Mike Mills)
6. Weekend (Alexander Haigh)
7. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
8. Le Quattro Volte (Michelangelo Frammartino)
9. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
10. The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman)



Note: I enjoyed The Help. I realize I'm supposed to hate it, but
I can't stand it when people do my thinking for me or assume that
I don't know anything about African or African American cinema.

I can like The Help and I can like A Screaming Man, too. The thing
is: Tate Taylor's mainstream movie got to me in a way Mahamat-Saleh
Haroun's art house entry
didn't. Which doesn't make it the superior
picture; just one that had more personal resonance. I live for '50s-style
melodramas about ordinary women, especially those who triumph
over their small-minded oppressors, whether they're white, black, or
red-eyed space aliens. The critical opprobrium heaped on this film
carried a trace of misogyny that made me deeply uncomfortable.

Apparently, I'm not supposed to like The Artist either, in part because
Harvey Weinstein produced it. But he didn't direct it, and the story
centers on a man who refuses to compromise or to impose his will on
others--un-Harvey-like qualities. In the film, he triumphs over adver-
sity. In real life, it doesn't always work that way, but The Artist and
Hugo are movies about movies and their makers. Not their producers.




Second Runners-up:
1. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
2. Moneyball (Bennett Miller)
3. The Princess of Montpensier (Bertrand Tavernier)
4. Norwegian Wood (Tran Anh Hung)
5. Hanna (Joe Wright)
6. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
7. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson)
9. The Yellow Sea (Na Hong-jin)
10. Winnie the Pooh (Don Hall and Stephen J. Anderson)

Openings: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opens at the Metro Cinemas
(and other theaters) on 1/6 and A Separation on 2/3 (venue TBA).




Worthy of note: 50/50 (Jonathan Levine), The Arbor (Clio
Barnard), Aurora (Cristi Puiu), Bellflower (Evan Glodell), Car-
ancho
(Pablo Trapero), Circumstance (Maryam Keshavarz),
Contagion (Steven Soderbergh), Curling (Denis Côté), Gods / Dioses (Josué Méndez), The Guard (John Michael McDonagh),
Henry's Crime
(Malcolm Venville), The Girl / Flickan (Fredrik
Edfeldt), Hideaway / Le Refuge (François Ozon), The Ides of
March
(George Clooney), Kaboom (Gregg Araki), The Piano in
a Factory
(Zhang Meng), Putty Hill (Matt Porterfield), The Rum Diary (Bruce Robinson), Submarine (Richard Ayoade), Toast
(S.J. Clarkson), The Tree (Julie Bertuccelli), Vampire*, Vanishing
on 7th Street
(Brad Anderson), The War Horse (Steven Spielberg), Warrior (Gavin O'Connor), Win Win (Tom McCarthy), X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn), and Young Adult (Jason Reitman).

* I left out the director and don't want to reformat the whole paragraph. Vampire
is the first English-language effort from All About Lily Chou Chou's Shunji Iwai
.



They've done better: A Dangerous Method (David Cron-
enberg), The Future (Miranda July), My Week with Marilyn
(Richard Curtis),
The Sleeping Beauty (Catherine Breillat), Take
Shelter
(Jeff Nichols), and The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick).



Top documentaries:
1. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of
a Tribe Called Quest
(Michael Rapaport)
2. How to Die in Oregon (Peter D. Richardson)
3. Tabloid (Errol Morris)
4. Page One: Inside the New York Times (Andrew Rossi)
5. Tie: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
and Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog)
6. The Woodmans (C. Scott Willis)
7. Ne Chien Range (Pedro Costa)
8. Nénette (Nicolas Philibert)
9. Public Speaking (Martin Scorsese)
10. Bobby Fischer Against the World (Liz Garbus)



Worthy of note: Bill Cunningham New York (Richard Press),
Broken Doors (Goro Toshima), Color Me Obsessed (
Gorman Be-
chard), Crooked Beauty (Ken Paul Rosenthal), Girls on the Wall
(Heather Ross), (POM Wonderful Presents) The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Morgan Spurlock), Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today (Stuart Schulberg), Pearl Jam Twenty (Cameron Crowe), Rachel
(Simone Bitton), Silver Girls / Frauenzimmer (Saara Alia Waas-
ner), Sin by Silence (Olivia Klaus), Still Bill (Damani Baker and
Alex Vlack), The Weird World of Blowfly (Jonathan Furmanski).




Reissues and Rediscoveries:
1. Kuroneko - The Criterion Collection (Kaneto Shindo)
2. Cronos - The Criterion Collection (Guillermo del Toro)
3. Videodrome - Criterion Collection (David Cronenberg)
4. Raging Bull - 30th Anniversary Edition (Martin Scorsese)
5. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
6. Kes - The Criterion Collection (Ken Loach)
7. Prowler (Joseph Losey)
8. The Soft Skin (François Truffaut)
9. Four Nights with Anna (Jerzy Skolimowski)
10. Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories (David Kaplan)



Odds and Sods:
Bal /Honey (Semih Kaplanoğlu), Boardwalk
Empire - The Complete First Season
, The Double Life of Véron-
ique - The Criterion Collection
(Krzysztof Kieslowski), Master-
piece Classic - Downton Abbey
, Hamilton (Matt Porterfield),
The Hour, Season One, and Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes).



Missed (or haven't seen yet): 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike), A
Brighter Summer Day
/ Gu Ling Jie Shao Nian Sha Ren Shi Jian
(Edward Yang), The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg), Cap-
tain America
(Joe Johnston), Carnage (Roman Polanski), Cedar
Rapids
(Miguel Arteta), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David
Fincher),
Incendies (Denis Villeneuve), The Interrupters (Steve
James), J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood), Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan),
Margin Call
(J.C. Chandor), The Muppets (James Frawley), Mys-
teries of Lisbon
(Raul Ruiz), Nostalgia for the Light / Nostalgia de
la Luz
(Patricio Guzmán),
Shame (Steve McQueen), Source Code
(Duncan Jones), Sucker Punch (Zack Snyder), Terri (Azazel Jac-
obs), Tomboy (Céline Sciamma), The Trip (Michael Winterbot-
tom
), and We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay).



Note: Tomboy, which played the 2011 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, opens at SIFF Cinema on 1/6. Certified Copy, Nostalgia for the Light, and Of Gods and Men made my 2010 "missed" list...and I still haven't caught up with any of them yet. Looking forward to it.




Yes, I did see...Bridesmaids. And I sure didn't laugh much, but I'm glad that Jill Clayburgh, perfectly cast as Kristin Wiig's mother, went out with a hit. Clayburgh's daughter (with David Rabe), Lily Rabe, who also got her start on the stage, proves her own mettle in Christopher Munch's Letters from the Big Man, an animal-oriented film almost as strange as Uncle Boonmee.



A final thought: Shame on The New Yorker's David Denby
for breaking the review embargo regarding Fincher's The Girl
with the Dragon Tattoo
--but more so for his spoiler regard-
ing The Skin I Live In. And shame on his colleague, Richard
Brody
, for spreading the disease by quoting from Denby's Skin
review (though I still enjoyed Brody's comments about Tom
Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol). Critics!



Endnote: A work in progress. Drive image from Collider.
Songs for Cineastes: 2011 Edition



Click here for the 2010 edition.

To clear up
any confu-
sion: This
isn't a list
of film
scores or
soundtracks. It's a list of music recommended for movie lovers
such as myself. Some independent film fans prefer mainstream
movie fare. Similarly, some art house aficionados prefer major-la-
bel music. There's nothing wrong with that; I just can't relate to it
(and try to avoid giving the Man my money whenever possible).

If you share my taste in movies, there's a good chance you might
share my taste in music. And to further clarify matters, I've drop-
ped Swingin' from the title of these posts, i.e. Songs for Swing-
in' Cineastes. I thought it was funny, and I can't resist a Frank
Sinatra
reference, but I think I'm gonna make 2012 about par-
ing things down and eliminating some of the gobbledegook.

Links lead to my reviews for AndMoreAgain and Line Out.



The Tops:
1. Total Control - Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
2. Moon Duo - Mazes (Sacred Bones)
3. The Dirtbombs - Party Store (In the Red)
4. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (Sub Pop)
5. Tie: Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread (Drag
City) and Singles 2007-2010 (Goner)
6. Soft Moon - Total Decay EP (Captured Tracks)
7. Psychic Ills - Hazed Dream (Sacred Bones)
8. Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls (Slumberland)
9. Widowspeak - Widowspeak (Captured Tracks)
10. Meg Baird - Seasons on Earth (Drag City)

Note: I review Total Control live here.



Runners-up:
1. Girls Names - Dead to Me (Tough Love/Slumberland)
2. La Sera - La Sera (Hardly Art)
3. Sonny & the Sunsets - Hit After Hit (Fat Possum)
4. AM & Shawn Lee - Celestial Electric
(Eighteenth Street Lounge/Fontana)
5. Keren Ann - 101 (Blue Note/EMI)
6. Still Corners - Creatures of an Hour (Sub Pop)
7. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/Dream (In the Red)
8. Swiftumz - Don't Trip (Holy Mountain)
9. Cave - Neverendless (Drag City)
10. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This
World
(History Always Favours the Winners)

Note: listen to the entirety of An Empty Bliss here.



Worthy of note: Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams (Sub Pop),
the Fresh & Onlys - Secret Walls (Sacred Bones), Iceage - New
Brigade
(What's Your Rupture), Jacuzzi Boys - Glazin' (Hardly
Art), Jeffrey Lewis - A Turn in the Dream-Songs (Rough Trade),
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Sub Pop),
James Pants - self-titled (Stones Throw), The Strange Boys - Live Music (Rough Trade), Times New Viking - Dancer Equired (Merge),
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador), Vivian Girls -
Share the Joy (Polyvinyl Record Co.), Rusty Willoughby - Cobirds Unite (Local 638), and Wooden Shjips - West (Thrill Jockey).



Love what I heard (need to hear more): Alvarius B - Baroque Primitiva (Abduction), Charles Bradley - I Believe in Your Love (Daptone), Dirty Beaches - Badlands (Zoo Music), Kaleidoscope - self-titled (Shadoks), King Midas Sound - Without You (Hyperdub), The Men - Leave Home (Sacred Bones), Moon Wiring Club - A Spare Tabby at the Cat's Wedding (Gecophonic), Nouvelle Vague - Couleurs Sur Paris (Kwaidan), Peaking Lights - 936 (Not Not Fun), Roll the Dice - In Dust (Leaf), Sea Pinks - Dead Seas (CF/Recs), Various Artists - Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 19-
70-1978
(Now-Again), Various Artists - Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-87 (Strut), and Various Ar-
tists - Wallahi Le Zein! Wezin Jakwar & Guitar (Latitudes).



Top reissues:
1. El Rego - El Rego (Daptone)
2. Various Artists - C'est Chic: French
Girl Singers of the 1960s
(Ace International)
3. The Fabulous Three - Best of... (Truth & Soul)
4. Melvin Davis - Detroit Soul Ambassador (Vampi Soul)
5. Index - Black Album + Red Album + Yesterday & Today (Lion)



On my list: Can - Tago Mago: 40th Anniversary (Mute), The
Fall
- This Nation's Saving Grace: Omnibus Edition (Beggars Ban-
quet), Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - The 1st Album (Ana-
log Africa), Brenda Ray - Walatta (EM Japan), The Red Crayola -
God Bless the Red Krayola
and Parable of Arable Land (Snapper-
Charly), ROB - Funky Rob Way (Analog Africa), Talk Talk -
Laughing Stock
(Ba Da Bing), Vagrants - I Can't Make a Friend
(LitA), and Willie Wright - Telling the Truth (Numero Group).



Top singles (I like pop, too):
1. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep" (Columbia)
2. Lady Gaga - "Born This Way" (Interscope)
3. James Blake - Tie: "A Limit to Your Love"
and "The Wilhelm Scream" (Atlas/A&M)
4. The Horrors - "Still Life" (XL Recordings)
5. TV on the Radio - "Caffeinated Consciousness" (Interscope)
6. Tie: Spoek Mathambo - "She's Lost Control" (Sub
Pop) and Luis & the Wildfires - "Digital" (Wild/Norton)
7. The Pack a.d. - "Haunt You" (Mint)
8. Radiohead - “Lotus Flower” (TBD)
9. Bill Callahan - "America" (Drag City)
10. Cate Le Bon - "It Puts Me to Work" (The Control Group)



Worthy of note: Black Bananas with Kurt Vile - "Before They
Make Me Run" (Drag City), Field Music - "(I Keep Thinking about)
A New Thing" (Memphis Industries), Lykke Li - "Youth Knows No
Pain" (Atlantic), Neverever - "Wedding Day" (Slumberland), and
Young Magic - Tie: "Sparkly" and "Slip Time" (Carpark Records).

Labels of the year: Sacred Bones, Slumberland, and Sub Pop.

Bonus: Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad (paperback edition). Some of the music biz details ring true, some don't, but Egan is a brilliant structuralist, who ties all the disparate stories and eras together in an ingenious manner.

Rest in peace: Trish Keenan of Broadcast. Too fucking soon.



Endnote: The usual disclaimer applies. This list doesn't represent
the best music of the year, but the best of the music I heard (I'm
primarily a film writer, and my movie list provides a more accur-
ate snapshot of my taste). Given unlimited time, financial resour-
ces, and industry connections--which I have in the smallest of
quantities--it might look different. Except for Henge Beat.

Image: My pic of Total Control's Dan Stewart at the Crocodile.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

December Reviews

December
Reviews


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


Amazon DVDs: Griff the Invisible (with Ryan Kwanten), No Strings Attached (with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher),
and Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [Blu-ray].

Amazon Theatricals: Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and
A Separation (from the director of Fireworks Wednesday).

Still playing (or yet to open): 50/50, Contagion, The Descendants,
Dri
ve, The Help, Hugo, Into the Abyss, Melancholia, The Skin I Live In.

Armchair Commentary: Best Art House & International.

KCTS 9: on-line original interview ("Grunge: Mem-
ories of Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney").



Line Out:
More Treasures from the Factory Archives,
This Is for Kelly O, California Dreamin' with Neverever,
Still Corners - "Into the Trees," Reading & Performance
with Bill See
, Frankie Rose's Interstellar Overdrive, The
Fabric of Our Lives
, Ain't Sweet No More: Remember-
ing Grunge
, The Truth About Year-End Music Lists,
Too Sexy for Their Computers, Just in Time for the
Holidaze - More Merch
, Riffing with David, Eugene,
and Chris
, El Rego's Beautiful Life, Young Magic -
"Sparkly," Home Alive Documentary, The Men
Announce New Album
, Top CD Stacks of 2011,
What I Didn't Get for Christmas, Cate Le Bon-
"Fold the Cloth," My Sunshine: A Segall Set.

Siffblog: Hipsters / Stilyagi (at the Egyptian).

Video Librarian: CD Highway [six-disc set], Eastern
Voices
, I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive, The Piano in a Fac-
tory
, Boardwalk Empire - The Complete First Season [5-
disc set]
, Mildred Pierce [two-disc set], Putty Hill - Col-
lector's Edition
[two-disc set], When Strangers Click,
Placebo - We Come in Pieces
[Blu-ray], God Bless
Ozzy Osbourne
[Blu-ray], Daddy Longlegs, and
Deep Purple with Or
chestra [Blu-ray].



Endnote: ACR image from Amazon/SoundUnwound.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

November Reviews

November
Reviews



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



Amazon DVD: The Tree (with Charlotte Gainsbourg).

Amazon Theatricals: Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss,
Alexander Payne's The Descendants (with George Cloon-
ey), and Martin Scorsese's Hugo (with Asa Butterfield).

Still playing (or yet to open): 50/50, Contagion, Drive, The Help,
Melancholia,
The Rum Diary, The Skin I Live In, and Weekend.



Line Out: Graveyard Smash: Thee Cormans - "Open
the Gates," The Darkest of Waves: Soft Moon - Total De-
cay
, Fucked Forever: SpokAnarchy!, Back for the Attack
with Black Bananas
, In the Blue TV Screen Light: James
Blake vs. Joni Mitchell
, German-Engineered to Fit Your
Life: Rheingold, Tasseomancy - "Heavy Sleep," Hungry
Like the Wolf: Cate Le Bon, Turning on the Charm with
Brian and Bob
, A New Thing from Field Music, Don't
Ever Fade Away
, Exotic Sounds of Young Magic &
Martin Denny
, Life Lessons with Mark E. Smith,
They've Lost Control, Music Films at the NWFF:
Winter 2011-12
, Fleet Foxes - "Shrine / An Ar-
gument
," Two Weeks Barbershop: They Cut
Heads
, U Daft Piece of Slack Shit, Trish Kee-
nan Tribute Album
, Blowfly's On-Screen
Freak Party
, Air, Scorsese, Méliès, and
the Moon
, Let's Get Small, Y'all, and
Total Control in Total Control.



SIFF: Love Crime and My Afternoons with Marguerite.

Video Librarian: From Trash to Tunes, Girls on the Wall, Pink
Saris
, Queen of the Sun - What Are the Bees Telling Us?, Riot Acts -
Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance
, Silver Girls,
Women in the Dirt
, Yogiños - Yoga for Youth: Vishnu's OHMazing
Journeys
, Fambul Tok, Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power Live,
Mr. Nice
, Out Late, A Passionate Woman [2-disc set], The Tree.




Endnote: Image from Wikipedia (screen grab from
video taken at the Soft Moon show on Feb. 6th, 2011).

Saturday, October 01, 2011

October Reviews

October Reviews


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




Amazon DVD: Smurfs Holiday Celebration, Bedlam - Sea-
son 1
[two-disc set], and Whitechapel - The Ripper Returns.

Amazon Theatricals: Lars Von Trier's Melancholia (with
Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg), Pedro Almodóvar's
The Skin I Live In, and The Rum Diary (with Johnny Depp).

Still playing (or yet to open): 50/50, Contagion,
Drive,
The Help, Sarah's Key, Warrior, and Weekend.



Line Out: Les Bonnes Femmes - C'est Chic: French Girl Singers
of the
1960s
(including Anna Karina), Cats & Dogs - Jacuzzi Boys vs. Superchunk, Why Bowie Is the Best, Running up That Hill: Kathryn Calder - Bright and Vivid, No Escaping the Seeds of Cabaret Voltaire, Cult Boyfriend: Jeffrey Lewis - A Turn in the Dream-Songs, Licensed to Ill: Psychic Ills - Hazed Dream, Her Name Is Earl: Shelby Earl - Burn the Boats, Wayne Coyne's Christmas Tip, Havin' a Ball with Marie Osmond, Pictures at an Exhibition, She Hit Me and I Was Glad: Anika Live, Nice and Sleazy: The Strange Boys - Live Music, New Sounds & Visions
from AM & Lee
, Wade in the Water: Seattle Music on PBS, Shit
Hits the Fans in New Replacements Doc
, We Are (Not) Invisible: Mannequin Men - Mannequin Men, They Hang Brightly...Again, Change Nothing II: Earshot Jazz, and The Pack a.d. - "Haunt You."



Video Librarian: Desperate Housewives - The Complete
Seventh Season
[five-disc set], Bal, Carmel, Dum Maaro Dum,
Happy Endings - The Complete First Season
[2-disc set], Grey's
Anatomy - The Complete Seventh Season
[six-disc set], Little
Sparrows
, Raising Hope - Season One [three-disc set], Rejoice
& Shout
, Sleeping Beauty, Taylor Swift - Journey to Fearless.



Endnote: Image (Karina in 1967's Anna) from Fouchtra!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Movie of
the Month:
Part 31



I recently
reviewed
the follow-
ing DVD
for Video Librarian, and thought the results were worth sharing.


BAL (HONEY) [***1/2]
(Semih Kaplanoğlu, Turkey, 2010, 103 mins.)

In the conclusion to Semih Kaplanoğlu's Yusuf Trilogy (Yum-
urta
and Süt), a farming family faces the end of their way of life.

Bal
centers on future poet Yusuf Özbek (Bora Altas, excellent),
a diminutive six-year-old with a stammer and a jingling, Charlie
Chaplin-like walk who lives in a mountain village in northern Tur-
key where he enjoys a close relationship with his beekeeper fath-
er, Yakup (Erdal Besikçioglu), who teaches him about the region-
al flora, and a perfunctory one with his mother, Zehra (Tülin Öz-
en), who does more care-taking and housekeeping than socializ-
ing and teaching (the tinkling comes from the bells he wears).

Kaplanoğlu proceeds through Yusuf's days at school, where he
doesn't quite fit in, and at home, where he helps Yakup to collect
honey from the tall trees. Once, according to his father, Yusuf ate
too much at one time, and it made him dizzy. The writer/direct-
or divulges such details slowly and organically, concentrating
on quiet moments rather than exposition-heavy sequences.



Through this patient technique, he reveals that Yusuf has trouble
reading, that Yakup is an epileptic, and that the family is Muslim.

As the honey supply diminishes, Yakup has to travel farther
away, on his own, to collect the substance that provides for his
family, leaving his anxious wife and son to fend for themselv-
es. This dilemma fuels the film's primary source of tension.

Throughout, Kaplanoglu exhibits an excellent eye for com-
position, and Baris Özbicer’s cinematography brings out the
rich greens and browns of Yusuf’s surroundings. The scene
in which the moon's reflection pulsates in a bucket of water
is particularly magical. Bal won the top prize, the Golden
Bear, at 2010's Berlin Film Festival. Highly recommended.

Click here for Movie of the Month, Part 30: Dioses




Endnote: Slightly revised from the origin-
al text. Image of Bora Altas from indieWIRE.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Reviews

September
Reviews




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





Amazon DVDs: Bill Cunningham New York, The 5th Quar-
ter
(with Aidan Quinn), Henry's Crime (with Keanu Reeves),
The Hour (with Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, and Dominic
West) [two-disc set], Secret Diary of a Call Girl - The Final
Season
, and Parenthood - Season Two [five-disc set].

Amazon Theatricals: Steven Soderbergh's Contagion (with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law) and Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan).



Still playing (or yet to open): 50/50, Cave of Forgotten
Dreams
,
Circumstance, The Help, Sarah's Key, Warrior, Week-
end
, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men - 1st Class
, and The Yellow Sea.

Line Out: Queen - Sheer Heart Attack, the Fabulous
Three - The Best of the Fabulous Three, Gathering No Moss -
Merry Clayton
, the Jacuzzi Boys - Glazin', I Thought I Heard
Her Calling My Name
, Ty Segall Week, Northern Soul Man -
Melvin Davis, Paris - The Devil Made Me Do It, Totally
Wired
, the Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams, Meg Baird -
Seasons on Earth
, Pedro Costa & Jeanne Balibar, Thee
Oh Sees + David Shrigley = $$$
, Sky Saxon Meets
Fred Flintstone
, Dum Dum Girls - "Bedroom
Eyes,"
and Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls.



SIFFBlog: Brigitte et Brigette, Cold Souls, A Colt Is My Passport,
Deep End, The Gang's All Here, Love Streams, The Pornograph-
ers
, Tonite Let's All Make Love in London, and interviews with
Alan Ball and Keith Fulton (posts I'm in the process of updating).

Video Librarian: The Arbor, Me Too, Parenthood - Season
Two
[five-disc set], Running Wilde - Season One [two-disc set],
True Adolescents
, Accidental Icon - The Real Gidget Story, A
Cinderella Story - Once upon a Song
, Cougar Town - The Com-
plete Second Season
[five-disc set], Gossip Girl - The Complete
Fourth Season
[5-disc set], Ne Chien Range, Hung - The Com-
plete Second Season
[two-disc set], and Life, Above All.



Endnote: Queen image from 8notes.com.