* Away We Go, the Sam Mendes-helmed comedy with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph is mostly good, but the literary pretensions of authors Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida sometimes get in the way.
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Au Bonheur des Dames, Julien Duvivier's 1930 silent adaptation of Emile Zola is visually stunning but a little weak in the end.
* Bergman Island - Criterion Collection, a documentary portrait of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in his later years. (Also at Criterion Confessions.)
* Life is a Bed of Roses, continuing my look at Alain Resnais' '80s output, and continuing my disappointment.
* Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, an incredible music documentary profiling an enigmatic performer. Walker is a favorite of mine, and I see Tristan in my books taking on more and more of his traits.
* The Strange One, a 1950s drama penned by Calder Willingham and showing hazing at a military college. Features a stand-out performance by a young Ben Gazzara in his first film.
In honor of Mr. Walker and Mr. Bergman...
Bergman's The Seventh Seal is the next movie in my queue to review for Confessions.
Current Soundtrack: Clipse, "I'm Good;" The Zombies, "Care of Cell 44 (Backing Track)/Friends of Mine;" Oasis, "The Shock of the Lightning (Primal Scream Remix)"
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