We discuss a handful of movies with themes of lost time, looped time, and nostalgia – Looper, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Liberal Arts – plus a little more about The Master, among other things.
As with James Dean, it is interesting to speculate what David Foster Wallace might have accomplished if if he had not committed suicide on Friday, September 11th, 2008. Wallace might have written an “ironic” and self-conscious group review of the two or three critical studies that were published while he was still alive. As a fan of […]
P.T. Anderson’s The Master – epic waste of time or multilayered portrait of America’s post-war quest for meaning? Also discussed: the disturbing but compelling Compliance, the lousy Eastwood finale Trouble with the Curve, Resident Evil: Retribution (directed by the other Paul Anderson), Arbitrage, the NW Film Center’s noir series, and just who was it who stole the American dream?
The NW Film Center’s noir series, “Dangerous Desires”; the best way to see The Seven Samurai in revival; The Bachelorette as a refreshing antidote to the wave of “women can be funny too” movies; the Yakuza classic Branded to Kill; the Shaw Brothers’Crippled Avengers at Portland’s Hollywood Theater; and another look at Sleepwalk with Me.
What if Paul Thomas Anderson directed Resident Evil: Retribution? In that alternate universe, Alice (Mila Jovovich) would find herself in a new environment, one in which a powerful leader charismatically controlled some followers. Battle-scarred and tormented by the past, she would temporarily find solace under the guidance of the guru, until finally turning against him or […]
Elements of Arbitrage will seem familiar to many viewers. At the center of the story is a car accident involving a businessman and a mistress that will remind some people of the catalyst moment inBonfire of the Vanities. The tone and look of the film will remind them of other films in the New Sobriety found in […]
DK Holm and Mona Bowen discuss Marina Abramovic and Robert Bresson at the Northwest Film Center; Turn Me On, Dammit, at the Clinton St Theater; the nesting-doll narrative of The Words, starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana; the action movie The Cold Light of Day, starring Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis; Hit and Run starring Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell; Iron Sky starring the […]