One piece of business: I broke my own philosophy and joined a club that would have me as a member...
Online Film Critics Society: Jamie S. Rich: "MEDIA AFFILIATION DVD Talk Criterion Confessions Confessions of a Pop Fan LOCATION Portland, OR ABOUT JAMIE Jamie S. Rich is a novelist ..."
So, yay that!
Now, on to the reviews:
* Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, the amazing tale of a film director and the movie that burned away. For two nights only at the NW Film Center!
* Howl, the story of the Allen Ginsberg poem, with James Franco as Ginsberg. Plus, cartoons.
* I'm Still Here, Joaquin Phoenix takes one to the face.
* Lebanon, a tense Israeli war movie that takes place entirely inside a tank. Trust me, you want to catch this one. It's riveting.
* Let Me In, an exercise in redundancy. I'm debating between "No thanks, I'd rather stay outside," and "Fine, but once you're in, stay in!"
* Machete, Robert Rodriguez's new movie is probably exactly what you think it is.
* The Social Network--Sorkin? Fincher? Me and this movie are totally friends.
* The Town, Ben Affleck has made the best Michael Mann movie this century. (Bring it, nerds!) Check out my friend Plastorm's review, too.
* Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, though not as incisive as the original, it's pretty good...until Oliver Stone loses his erection. He needs movie viagra.
* A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop, Zhang Yimou's flaccid remake of Blood Simple. And by "flaccid," I mean "limp." Like a noodle. Haw! Get it?
* Ajami, called the Israeli Pulp Fiction by some, its narrative acrobatics left me a little cold.
* Bored to Death: The Complete First Season, Jason Schwartzman is great in the Jonathan Ames-created TV show. Modern literary rom com mashed-up with the private detective genre.
* The Exploding Girl, a quiet peek into the life of one girl. Starring Zoe Kazan in a career-making performance.
* The Law, this late '50s genre-buster from Jules Dassin is wicked fun. Gina Lollobrigida can pull a knife on me any time.
* Leonard Cohen - Bird On a Wire, the "lost" chronicle of the bard's 1972 concert tour has been found, and it's essential viewing.
* None but the Lonely Heart, an edgy Cary Grant performance makes this Clifford Odets production.
* One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Collector's Edition, a very cool new packaging of an exceptional movie.
* The Secret in Their Eyes, the literary thriller took this year's Foreign Language Oscar for Argentina, and it's still good on DVD.
* Secretary, a sweet romance in weird kid's clothing. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader are amazing, but this Blu-Ray reissue could have been better.
* Shirin, a fascinating experiment from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami turns the moviegoing experience around on the audience.
* Soundtrack for a Revolution, a good but unfocused documentary about the music of the Civil Rights movement, with contemporary artists doing new versions of the old songs.