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Thursday, April 02, 2009

ENDLESS SUMMER OF THE DAMNED



THIS WEEK IN THEATRES...

* Adventureland, a welcome surprise. So much more than the trailers suggest. Noah Baumbach meets Judd Apatow.


UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...

* Danton, Andrzej Wajda unleashes Gerard Depardieu in a post-French Revolution political drama.

THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...

I just realized that a good portion of these films have some connection to WWII. Was March named WWII movie month and no one told me?

* The Bielski Brothers: Jerusalem in the Woods, a History Channel documentary that gets us a tad bit closer to the story behind Defiance, but is still a little...lacking.

* Il Generale Della Rovere, a wonderful WWII picture from Roberto Rossellini and starring Vittorio De Sica. (Also at Criterion Confessions.)

* The Kaiser's Lackey, a 1950s East German satire that has lost some of its bite over the years, thought it still retains its artistic vigor.

* The Last Metro, featuring more WWII and more Depardieu. Plus, Catherine Deneuve. The film is set in the Parisian theatre district during the Occupation. Directed by Francois Truffaut, which is really all you need to know. (Also at Criterion Confessions.)

* The Robe, the overwrought, overripe religious picture is only really notable for being the first studio production released in Cinemascope.

* Jean Genet's Un chant d'amour, the controversial French writer's 1950 experiment in cinema.

* The Venture Bros.: Season 3, another hilarious collection from the cartoon every geek should love.



Current Soundtrack: more PB&J; some Beastie Boys

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2 comments:

mark said...

have you seen Hot Rod?

Bill Hader was on Bill Simmons' podcast this week or last plugging adventureland and mentioned Hot Rod as being a kind of predecesor to the new movie.

Jut curious as I've not seen it.

Subatomic Matt said...

Adventureland was fantastic. Chynna Clugston posted about it on facebook and I went out and saw it that afternoon.

I want to see another movie like that.