Apr 18, 2010

Next Week

UK DVD [19/4]
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Crazy Love
I don’t really want to tell you anything about this film, which relates the story of how Burt and Linda Pugach, who have known each other for fifty years, ended up getting married. It is a story so completely outlandish that nobody would dare make it up. This is a compelling documentary about two frankly unique people.

US DVD [20/4]
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The Lovely Bones
Really recommended purely for Saoirse Ronan’s performance, which really keeps Peter Jackson’s otherwise pretty awful movie afloat. It’s a bad week for US DVD releases.

Oh, and something called Avatar, which can go fuck itself.

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I’ve discussed this on a couple of occasions already. Hopefully I’ll be bringing you a review from another perspective (that of my friend Guy, who I’m dragging to it this coming Friday) in the future. The bottom line is this; Dogtooth is a truly original, strange and haunting piece of work, and marks director Yorgos Lanthimos as a real talent. You MUST see it if you get the chance.

Life During Wartime
Todd Solondz’ spiritual sequel to Happiness (which sees an all new cast playing the same characters), hasn’t had the warmest of critical welcomes, but I saw it at last year’s LFF, and thought it was extremely interesting and exceptionally well acted throughout. It is, incidentally, almost worth going just to see Ally Sheedy’s priceless cameo appearance.

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Frederick Wiseman is one of the legends of documentary cinema, and I’ve heard great things about this long, but apparently engrossing, study of the Paris Opera ballet from several people whose opinions I hold in very high regard. I’ll be seeing it anyway, because my love for The Red Shoes has really made me interested in ballet (watching it, that is).

No, it's not porn. Melonfarmers (named for a dubbed alternative for motherfucker, used in a TV screening of Alex Cox' Repo Man) is a brilliant anti-censorship site which, as well as covering the BBFC and MPAA casts a net over any free expression stories and concerns the world over. It's a great repositry of information and a campaigning site that manages not to be self-righteous.

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