Saturday, May 31, 2008


Given that I write more reviews than what you see here, below is a list of non-Criterion films I covered in the past month that may be of interest to Criterion fans.


* Priceless, a romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou that has a plot worthy of Preston Sturges, but none of the wit.

* Redbelt, the mildly disappointing mixed martial arts movie from David Mamet.


* La Chinoise, Jean-Luc Godard agitprop about student protesters and their obsession with Mao.

* The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto, seven gorgeous stop-motions cartoons from an innovative Japanese director.

* Le Gai Savoir, Jean-Luc Godard's redefining of 1969 cinema as he knew it.

* Independents: A Guide for the Creative Spirit, an indie documentary about indie comic book creators. Craig Thompson is soooooo dreamy!

* Lost in Beijing, Li Yu's disappointing follow-up to Dam Street, about a love quartet in modern-day China.

* Marvin Gaye - What's Going On/Greatest Hits Live '76: Collectors' Edition, a double-pack bringing together a documentary about the soul singer and one of his mid-period concerts.

* La Roue, a staggering early French silent picture from Abel Gance, telling the literary-tinged tale of a trainyard family.

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