THIS WEEK IN THEATRES...
It's a good time to be going to the movies...
* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher's astounding adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story of a man born old and aging backwards. Elegant, engrossing, simply amazing.
* Defiance, a cookie-cutter WWII exodus, with a standout performance from Liev Schreiber but little else to distinguish it.
* Revolutionary Road, a brutal tale of a loveless marriage, directed by Sam Mendes and brought to emotionally devastating life by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett.
* Waltz With Bashir, an animated documentary about the Lebanon War. Yes, it's as interesting as it sounds. (Trailer below.)
* The Wrestler, wherein Mickey Rourke redeems a career squandered, Marisa Tomei proves she is still phenomenal, and Darren Aronofsky pulls back on the style and shows us how good of a storyteller he can be.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
It's all sci-fi this week...
* The rest of the Monsters & Madmen box, First Man Into Space and The Atomic Submarine.
* Robinson Crusoe on Mars, which is what it sounds like, Daniel Defoe in space.
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Burn After Reading, the Coens lead a phenomenal cast through a darkly comic, impenetrable plot. Loved it so much, I watched it again the day after I reviewed it.
* DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation, a disappointing experiment in cinematic remixing that never gets beyond the concept stage.
* Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews, the program that inspired the new movie.
Current Soundtrack: Ladyhawke, Ladyhawke; misc Camera Obscura
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