* The Baader Meinhof Complex, an involving docudrama about the 1970s campagins of the European terrorist organization, what Luke Haines called a "Hate Socialist Collective." Opens this weekend in Portland at Cinema 21.
* The Informant!, my favorite movie of recent memory and one of the best of the year. Steven Soderbergh delivers another winner in this offbeat comedy starring Matt Damon.
Jason Bailey also has a good review of the film on his blog.
* World's Greatest Dad, an unfunny black comedy from director Bobcat Goldthwait and Robin Williams. I am surprised by the reviews of this, as I am apparently the only one who found it execrable. I didn't laugh at all, and seeing Robin Williams' penis...well, that speaks for itself.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* The Human Condition, the epic Japanese movie detailing a pro-Communist soldier's travails in World War II. Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Mad Monster Party: Special Edition, a new reissue of the Rankin-Bass horror send-up, one of my favorite movies from my childhood.
* That Hamilton Woman - Criterion Collection, wherein Alexander Korda teams Hollywood's most scandalous couple, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, to play one of history's most scandalous couples, Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton. (Also at Criterion Confessions.)
* Treeless Mountain, the second feature from director So Yong Kim. This quiet tale of two young sisters and their private world is wonderfully observed and poignant.
Current Soundtrack: The Monkees, Greatest Hits disc 2 - another socialist collective, those guys