MY SECRET IS MY SILENCE
IN THE THEATRES...
I haven't actually been out to see much in the past weeks. My cold this week has laid me up something fierce. I lost my voice yesterday and have been generally miserable.
I did go see Miss Potter last week, the new movie with Renee Zelwegger as Beatrix Potter. I call it "Finding Neverland for girls," though I actually liked this one better. It's not so downbeat, and I really liked the animation they did with the Potter drawings. If there had been more of that, I might have found it better than woefully average. As it was, this little capsule was about as much of a review as it inspired, so I didn't write it up in full.
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Border Radio - Criterion Collection,the time capsule indie about L.A. punk rockers, featuring John Doe and Dave Alvin
* Chungking Express/Fallen Angels, an exquisite new Korean edition of a Wong Kar-Wai double A-side
* Extras - The Complete First Season, a riff on the outlandishness of the entertainment industry by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant also has some true heart to it
* Factotum, the DVD release of Bent Hamer's adaptation of the Charles Bukowski novel, with Matt Dillon as Hank Chinaski
* The Great Happiness Space, a chilling documentary about the male host business in Osaka
* The King and the Clown - Limited Edition, a massive set of Korea's biggest film from 2005, a historical romance.
* Martin - The Complete First Season, presenting the original 27 episodes of the Martin Lawrence sitcom
* Mouchette - Criterion Collection, an examination of human cruelty as it's visited on a young girl, courtesy of French master Robert Bresson
* Paradise Kiss, vol. 1, an update to my previous review of the Ai Yazawa-based anime
I must admit, I find it rather daunting to review films sometimes, particularly when it's an important release by a master like Robert Bresson. The Wong Kar-Wai double-set had my knees really knocking. I just don't even know where to begin when it comes to films I love that much, and I am so fearful of getting it wrong or looking foolish. I put my best effort in, and know I can barely touch the surface of what is there to talk about. It's a matter of gritting one's teeth, swinging blind, and hoping you hit something of substance.
Current Soundtrack: Roddy Woomble, My Secret is My Silence
Current Mood: still sick
All text (c) 2007 Jamie S. Rich