MUSEUM (Museo) ★★★★½
D: Alonso Ruizpalacios.
S: Gael García Bernal, Leonardo Ortizgris, Alfredo Castro, Simon Russell Beale, Bernardo Velasco, Leticia Brédice, Ilse Salas, Lisa Owen.
A different kind of heist movie. Whizz-bang energy. Filled with panache, and anger at colonial theft. Has a ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL meta knowingness.
TOUCH ME NOT [stars embargo]
D: Adina Pintilie.
S: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann, Hanna Hofmann, Seani Love, Irmena Chichikova.
Pompous and self-congratulatory. Lacks real insight. Is a deeply annoying cinema experience. Examining intimacy quandaries deserved better than this waste of time.
The press conference for the ace UNSANE:
- director Steven Soderbergh
- actor Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project, Humpday)
Soderbergh gave a filmmaking masterclass.
MY BROTHER’S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT (Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot) ★½☆☆☆
D: Philip Gröning.
S: Josef Mattes, Julia Zange, Urs Jucker, Stefan Konarske, Zita Aretz, Karolina Porcari, Vitus Zeplichal.
They are both tedious idiots. A pretty interminable 174 minute sibling drama. Unending cod-philosophy that even makes recent Terrence Malick movies seem vaguely profound.
OLD LOVE ★★★½☆
D: Park Kiyong.
S: Yoo Jung-ah, Kim Tae-hoon, Kim Moonhee.
A surprise meeting after decades. Bone-deep melancholy and regrets hang in the air, enhanced by vivid cinematography. I love a vague and ambiguous ending, but this might be slightly too oblique.
D: Steven Soderbergh (Logan Lucky, Behind the Candelabra, Side Effects, Magic Mike, Haywire, Contagion, The Informant!, The Girlfriend Experience, Che: Part Two, Che: Part One, Ocean’s 13, The Good German, Bubble, Ocean’s 12, Solaris, Full Frontal, Ocean’s 11, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, The Limey, Out of Sight, King of the Hill; Sex, Lies, and Videotape).
S: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving.
Soderbergh's gripping, brilliantly shot, thriller made on an iPhone. Weaves in:
-Damnation of insurance systems relationship to healthcare.
-Impact on women of stalkers.
-The way psychiatric patient credibility is undermined.
At the press conference for DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT:
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Udo Kier
- director Gus Van Sant
DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT ★★★★☆
D: Gus Van Sant (Promised Land, Restless, Milk, Paranoid Park, Last Days, Elephant, Gerry, Finding Forrester, Good Will Hunting, To Die For, My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy, Mala Noche).
S: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier.
Joyous bitter-sweet hippy biopic of cartoonist John Callahan. Gus Van Sant returns to MILK form, though it's not in the same league as AMERICAN SPLENDOR (but then what is?).
THE WEAK ONES (Los débiles) ★★★★☆
Ds: Raúl Rico, Eduardo Giralt Brun.
S: José Luis Lizárraga, Eduardo Martínez, Javier Díaz Dalannais, Javier Chimaldi, Joshua Estrada.
An unusual 65-minute, modern Mexican revenge western, full of characters with wisecracking mouths. A bit of MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME is thrown in too. Directors to watch.
D: Tilman Singer.
S: Luana Velis, Jan Bluthardt, Julia Riedler, Nadja Stübiger, Johannes Benecke.
Stylish German horror starts promisingly, but is unscary and becomes silly. Attention-grabbing soundtrack and sound design are wasted on ill thought out story and unconvincing performances.
PIG (Khook) ★★★★½
D: Mani Haghighi (A Dragon Arrives!).
S: Hasan Majuni, Leila Hatami, Leili Rashidi, Parinaz Izadyar, Ali Bagheri.
A filmmaker is blacklisted by the government, while his fellow directors are being murdered by an unknown serial killer. An excellent dark comedy with so many targets in its cross hairs.
U - JULY 22 (Utøya 22. juli) ★★★★½
D: Erik Poppe (1,000 Times Good Night).
S: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Brede Fristad, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourne, Solveig Koløen Birkeland, Sorosh Sadat, Ada Eide.
Heartbreaking and distressing. A gut punch.
One single take. Technically stunning. Director Erik Poppe now in the same league as Cuarón, Schipper and Iñárritu.
3 DAYS IN QUIBERON (3 Tage in Quiberon) ★★½☆☆
D: Emily Atef.
S: Marie Bäumer, Birgit Minichmayr, Charly Hübner, Robert Gwisdek, Denis Lavant.
Certainly not THE END OF THE TOUR. Says little new about the price of fame. Feels like a monotonous play.
SEASON OF THE DEVIL (Ang panahon ng halimaw) ★☆☆☆☆
D: Lav Diaz (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery; Norte, the End of History).
S: Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Pinky Amador, Bituin Escalante, Hazel Orencio, Joel Saracho, Bart Guingona, Angel Aquino, Lilit Reyes, Don Melvin Boongaling.
234 minutes. I made it to about 1 hour 15 minutes. My first ever cinema walk out. Tedious. Pretentious. Repetitive.
Out to own today:
THE PRAYER (La prière) ★★★½☆
D: Cédric Kahn (Regrets).
S: Anthony Bajon, Damien Chapelle, Alex Brendemühl, Louise Grinberg, Hanna Schygulla.
Societies tend to discard these characters. A lovely, empathetic story. Humanistic and compassionate, with an ace ending.
DAUGHTER OF MINE (Figlia mia) ★★★★☆
D: Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin).
S: Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier.
Compellingly restless, in your face camerawork reflects lead. Give director Laura Bispur a blockbuster already. Heightened melodrama handled skilfully.
THE REAL ESTATE (Toppen av ingenting) ★★★☆☆
Ds: Måns Månsson, Axel Petersén (Avalon).
S: Léonore Ekstrand, Christer Levin, Christian Saldert, Olof Rhodin, Carl Johan Merner, Don Bennechi.
Satire on property business, peopled by grotesques. Even though less than 90 minutes, does not use runtime effectively. Is too superficial, but uses horror movie stylings.
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