The Good, the Bad, the Weird (two-and-a-half stars)
130 MINUTES | KOREAN + MANDARIN
+ JAPANESE | SOMERVILLE THEATRE: APRIL 26 @ 9:30 P.M.
There's a little of each of
the title qualities in Korean director Kim Jee-woon's revision of Sergio
Leone's classic, but not enough to warrant its punishing two hours plus length.
Looking for Eric (three stars)
117 MINUTES | SOMERVILLE THEATRE: APRIL 25 @ 2:30 P.M.
Like Fatih Akin and "Soul Kitchen" below, Ken Loach, the doyen of
British neo-realism, also deserves a
break, in his case from the heavy-lifting of his grim, kitchen sink working
class lamrnts such as "Sweet Sixteen" and
doomed Irish Rebellion period tragedies such as "The Wind That Shakes the
The Independent Film Festival of Boston started yesterday, and it's stuffed with so much fine viewing that reviews overflow into this blog space. Here's one we couldn't fit into the print edition of our coverage:
Soul Kitchen (two and a half stars)
GERMAN | 99 MINUTES | SOMERVILLE THEATRE: APRIL 24 @ 10:PM
Roger Ebert not long ago twittered his opinion that 3-D was,
ultimately, "a distracting, annoying, anti-realistic, juvenile abomination to
use as an excuse for higher prices."
After seeing "A Christmas Carol,"
"Alice in Wonderland," and "Clash of
the Titans" (I'm
not including "Avatar" because
it turns out that the press screen I attended had faulty projection; on the
other hand I am not eager to see it again properly), I'd have to agree.
noted in this "Huffington Post" item
by Virginia M. Moncrieff, the Iranian authorities, after holding Panahi
prisoner for over six weeks, have finally disclosed their charge against him:
he's accused of making an "anti-government movie" in his home.
I'd like to thank Mr. Simpson for his comment on my posting yesterday
(see below) as it provides a text book study of the rhetorical devices employed by some
right wing thinkers (and left wingers too, to be honest, but they have not adopted them as a fundamental strategy) in arguing the issues. All very timely, given the Tea
Party demonstration (and counter demonstration from Tea Party Poopers)
occurring today at the Boston Common (see photos).
I can only imagine that Jafar Panahi's ordeal in prison would be
intensified if and when he learns that his cause is being exploited by American
right wingers in an attempt to malign "liberal" Hollywood.
In an item entitled "Tale of Two
Directors Part One: Hollywood Supports Child Rapist, Ignores Imprisoned Iranian
Filmmaker Jafar Panahi" on Andrew Breitbart's "Big Hollywood"
website, blogger John T.
As is his wont with films of this kind, Anthony Lane's review
of "Clash of the Titans" is highly entertaining. But I could hardly let stand a
gratuitous swipe he takes at one of the great sci-fi films of the 90s, Paul
Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" (1997), which he dismisses as
"thrillingly brainless." Hardly.
Meanwhile, though information is not very forthcoming and
Panahi remains incommunicado, his wife reports that the director has been
enduring Abu Ghraib-like conditions, stuck in a tiny cell without enough room
to lie down.
There will be a memorial tomorrow at Boston University for Karen Schmeer, the great
local film editor who died tragically last January just
shy of her 40th birthday.
It takes place in Room 101, the BU College of Communication,
640 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, starting a 6 p.m. with
a gathering of friends and family.