Sunday, May 31, 2009


If you're looking for something to do this Thursday, come out and see the gallery show featuring artwork for my next book with Joëlle Jones, You Have Killed Me. Details here.


* 12, a truly awful Russian remake of 12 Angry Men.

* The Brothers Bloom, the second film from Brick's Rian Johnson is the movie to see this weekend. The trailer only touches on it, it doesn't do it justice. With Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, and Rinko Kikuchi.

* Rudo y Cursi, a cute sports movie reuniting the stars of Y tu mama tambien.

* Star Trek--holy crap, this was really good! And I don't even like Star Trek! Who'd have thunk?!

* Terminator Salvation, a total letdown. The franchise is dead. But you're going to go see it anyway, so if nothing else, heed my advice and bring a neck pillow, because you're going to want to take a nap.

* Up! Oh, Pixar, how do you keep doing it? I love you so.

And don't forget Revanche, which has been playing in New York and has already been reviewed on this site.


* 3 Seconds Before Explosion, a fun but formulaic 1960s crime movie from Japan that doesn't quite live up to the promise of its name.

* Alexandra, a hypnotizing portrait of the state of things by Alexander Sokurov.

* El Dorado - The Centennial Collection, a fun latter-day western from Howard Hawks, starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan.

* Enchanted April, an old Merchant Ivory wannabe. The magic is gone.

* Girl on a Motorcycle, wherein the 1960s drives up its own ass, taking Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon with it.

* Just Another Love Story, an uneven crime film from Denmark.

* Man Hunt, Fritz Lang's 1941 thriller about a man who would've killed Hitler, but found himself on the run instead.

* Two 1980s films from Alain Resnais: Mélo, an emotionally powerful drama of infidelity, and Love Unto Death, which turns out to be overly intellectual and kind of dull.

* Revolutionary Road, Sam Mendes' literary adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio and the divine Kate Winslet is one of my favorite films from 2008.

* Wendy and Lucy, a quiet portrait of solitude and struggle with a stand-out performance from Michelle Williams.

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