After ingratiating the Right with his last film “World Trade Center,”
even going so far as hiring the Swift Boaters to
promote it, Oliver Stone now has proposed a couple of new projects that look
like he’s trying to fuck with them. Or maybe he’s stilll fucking with the left,
who have already been feeling somewhat betrayed by his political inconsistency.
attempts at possible literary sources and pretentious stabs at auteuristic
allusions go nowhere, things pick up when the subject turns to dead Polish
directors, what it means when you’re tongue turns black, and Freedom Fries. Let’s
PK: Have you
read “Swann in Love?” Because this seems to be a really intense portrait of
someone who’s morbidly jealous.
She’s been writing film scripts for 20 years, and I’m sure
every one of them is better that that for “The Invasion” or “The Nanny Diaries” or 90% of the other movies made these days.
She’s made films with some of the world’s best directors -- Jean-Luc Godard,
Leos Carax, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Richard Linklater. She’s got a degree from
NYU’s film school and has a dirty mind.
Two films being released in the next two weeks deal with terrorist -- some
really alien -- germ warfare attacks resulting in apocalyptic pandemics. What
can it mean? Maybe it’s time to break out the duct tape.
One of those films, “Right at Your Door,” opens August 24 and I’ll have a
review of that film in that issue. The other, “The Invasion,” opens this
Friday, but did not screen in time for our deadline.
Perhaps in tribute to the late Michaelangelo Antoinioni and the immortal
Purple Paper Scene in “Blow-Up,” IFC has recently released a list of the 50
sexiest scenes in cinema. Oddly, the
Purple Paper Scene is not among them. Maybe they felt it was such an obvious
choice it didn’t need to be mentioned. On the other hand, the list also omits
other films that I feel deserve consideration.
Some accuse me of reading too much politics into popular movies. I
plead guilty, but I’m not alone. Take conservative critic John Podhoretz’s
recent appreciation of the life and career of Ingmar Bergman in the July 31 “New York Post.”
“Bergman used motion pictures to explore grand and grandiloquent
themes - the fear of death, the horrors of old age, the mysteries of womanhood,
the disasters of marriage, the trauma of living without God.
What about ducks? Rats, walruses, pigs, dogs, killer whales,
mice, bugs -- they all have their movies. Why not ducks? They’re cute, goofy,
have nice beaks and webbed feet. They quack and walk funny. Why no movie?
What about Donald and Daffy? Mere sidekicks, and annoying to
boot. “Duck Tales” in 1999? Scrooge McDuck is about as lovable and popular as
Congratulations to the Red Sox for obtaining Cy Young Award-winning
ace reliever Eric Gagne. But are they sure it isn’t really the riising goof-ball star, Seth Rogen? Either way, Sox fans hope their new acquisition doesn’t get knocked