Saturday, September 3, 2011


I am a little more than halfway through the 28th Eclipse box, The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara, but in the meantime, here are the other films I reviewed in August...


* Colombiana, with Zoe Saldana as an assassin kills everyone. EVERYONE!

* The Future: Miranda July is as kitten as a cat, but I'm not as smitten as that.

* Our Idiot Brother, a surprisingly genial, if slack-paced comedy bolstered by a strong cast, including Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones, and more.

* Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I found it really boring for about the first 2/3, but everyone else loves it. I'm right, of course, but make up your own mind. :)

* Senna: You will enjoy a documentary about car racing. No lie.


* Daguerreotypes, a 1975 documentary from Agnes Varda, capturing the local color in the neighborhood she still calls home.

* Dark Days - 10th Anniversary Edition, a well-done reissue of the documentary chronicling homeless people living in New York's subway tunnels.

* David Holzman's Diary: Special Edition, Jim McBride's seminal indie movie from the late 1960s.

* A Fistful of Dollars, the stylistically explosive beginning of the Leone/Eastwood "Man with No Name" films.

* Let's Do It Again, a musical remake of The Awful Truth starring Jane Wyman and Ray Milland.

* The Muppets Take a Manhattan, third time is not a charm for the venerable comedy troupe.

* One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich, a trio of Russian-themed documentaries, including Chris Marker's tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky.

* Park Benches, a disconnected French comedy that never comes together. Dammit, Catherine Deneuve, why were you in this?!

* The Purple Gang, a 1950s gangster picture with a young Robert Blake as a Detroit tough guy.

* Strike: Remastered Edition, the first feature from Soviet cinema pioneer Sergei Eisenstein.

* Three Hours to Kill, a solid 1950s Western, playing with a deadline a la High Noon.

* Win Win, a well-meaning family drama that falls short of its intended mark. Starring Paul Giamatti.

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