Now that the Iraq War is over we can focus more of our anxiety,
outrage, and depression on another flummoxed and bloody miscue, the war in Afghanistan.
Already Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's "Restrepo" has recounted with harrowing detail of the day-to-day trials and heroism of an
American outpost in one of the country's
In a sense documentarians are the blue collar workers of the
cinema world, doing the hard labor, getting their hands dirty dealing with
reality, confronting the tough problems to make sure the system works.
And so that's one reason why "The DocYard", the documentary series
at the Brattle Theatre, is
such a fitting name.
run for your life.
Unless it's in the upcoming movie adaptation of David Dosa,
M.D.'s bestselling book,
"Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of and Ordinary Cat .
A feline resident at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Oscar has the "gift" (or is it a curse?
much potential for dramatic conflict here) of curling up in bed with the next
patient with an appointment with the Grim Reaper.
This is kind of short notice, but if you respond by 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time today you can participate in what First Look Studios describes as the "first press day exclusively conducted within social media platforms with the acclaimed director, Werner Herzog, on behalf of his September 14
DVD release of MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE? Herzog will
respond in real-time to questions tweeted to the First Look Studios' twitter
account, @1stlookstudios, with his responses posted on the First Look Studios'
Youtube channel, http://www.
For Fatih Akin, it's not such a long way from
washing dishes to making an epic. Here he talks about who inspires
him and what he aspires to.
PK: Adam Bousdoukos, who was also in "Short
Sharp Shock," looks a little like ...
FA: Jim Morrison?
PK: True, but I was thinking more Brendan
FA: He's my best friend.
Like the food served up at the title bistro in his latest
release "Soul Kitchen" (opens August 27), German-Turkish Fatih Akin's work is a
fusion of tastes and traditions. As might be expected, in previous films like his
much-lauded "Head-On" (2004) and "Edge of Heaven" (2007) he shows elements of Turkish directors such as Niri Bilge Ceylan
and of German directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder
and Wim Wenders
Speaking of R ratings, what the hell are those people at the MPAA
thinking? They recently labeled "A Film Unfinished," a holocaust documentary by
Yael Hersonski with an R for "disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity,"
and is therefore deemed unsuitable for viewers
under 17 unless accompanied by an adult.
"The Other Guys" might
be the funniest movie of the summer (I haven't seen "Eat Pray Love" yet), but
according to this mtv.com article titled
"The Other Guys': Five Secrets Revealed" it might have been even funnier if
they weren't holding out for a PG-13 rating (unlike, say "The Hangover," which
was rated R).
On the one hand the great director Jafar Panahi, released on
parole last May after three months held in jail for his
opposition to the regime, now might be allowed to attend the Venice Film Festival in September. There he will present his short film "The
Accordion," which, according to an
article on "The Independent" website, "recounts the adventures of two young
street musicians who can no longer play after an incident."
I finally got around to seeing Debra Granik's critically
acclaimed (95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes;
90 on Metacritic ) "Winter's
Bone," an adaptation of Daniel Woodrell's novel, and I had a couple of reactions.
The first was: how nice that another woman joins the ranks
of this year's touted independent directors along with Lisa Cholodenko and
"You are watching a star being born," says "Kick-Ass"
director Matthew Vaughn about Chloe Moretz in the voice-over commentary to the
DVD and Blu-ray disc release of the movie, which is out today.
he's absolutely right. Once she appears on screen as Mindy, a.k.a. Hit-Girl,
the 11-year-old costumed vigilante superhero, even Nicolas Cage, who plays her
superhero father Big Daddy, can't keep up.