Tarsem's newest film, Immortals, opens Friday, and already I'm
wondering how this film will be misinterpreted.
director first made his bones in advertising, a medium where often,
astonishing imagery - birds perched on an invisible wire, giant
umbrellas hovering over cities - are used to push a cynically simple
message: buy our product.
Last Saturday I conducted a phone interview with Werner
Herzog, who was in San Francisco
promoting his new film "Into the Abyss." He seemed in good spirits, that
despite the fact that, as I learned later, the city had just undergone an
I guess it was an "insignificant" earthquake (3.2 on the
Richter scale), like the bullet he described as "insignificant" when he was
shot in an on-the-air interview
In what might be every
Republican's worst nightmare, the aliens in John Carpenter's They Live (1988)
are not only illegal, but they've disguised themselves as rich people! They've
infiltrated the seats of power and delude the masses with the media and
advertising, even as they suck up billions of dollars of taxpayers' money!
Until, that is, some right-thinking dude gets a pair of magic glasses and sees
the truth! Time to lock and load and take this country back.
No matter what country
you're from, telling your parents you're gay can be difficult. Assi Azar,
popular Israeli TV personality, host of that country's Big Brother program, and named
by Out magazine as one of the 100 most influential gay people
in the world, shares what he went through in his moving but funny documentary, Mom & Dad: I Have Something To Tell You (2010).
Lars von Triers's new film "Melancholia" will have its work cut out for it to be
as transgressive as his last one, "Antichrist" (though the director might have
outdone himself in his boorishness promoting the film ).
But this story of a miserable well-to-do family joining the rest of us 99%-ers
in a world-ending collision with another planet should live up to its title.
Forget The Town. Local drug dealer
turned recovered addict and filmmaker Johnny Hickey's violent cautionary tale Oxy-Morons is about as compelling - and
disturbing - a portrayal of the meaner streets of Charlestown as we've seen in a while. The
film, based on Hickey's real life experiences, screens tonight at Royale,
preceded by a cocktail hour and Q&A with Hickey and our own Chris
Faraone (whose feature about Hickey "The Secret Life of a Charlestown
Drug Dealer" ran in the Phoenix this past February.
Tony Scott may
have directed it, but True Romance (1993) might be
Quentin Tarantino's best movie. He wrote the screenplay about a dorky guy, not
unlike himself, who falls in love with a hip sex worker, grabs a suitcase full
of cocaine, and takes on all comers. Sounds dumb, but it glints with brilliant,