NEW IN THEATRES...
* Ruby Sparks, a would-be deconstruction of the "manic pixie girl" concept that doesn't have the gumption to take it all the way. Noble debut writing effort from actress Zoe Cassavetes, however, and she's also really good in the movie.
* Total Recall, a surprisingly action-packed remake with Colin Farrell. Go watch the punching and the shooting and don't worry about it.
Also, if you're in Portland, the NW Film Center is starting Mark Cousins' epic movie about movies, The Story of Film: An Odyssey this week. It's five parts, spread over all of August. I wrote it up for the Portland Mercury. Amongst the many things you'll learn from the movie is the fun fact that this is considered the first ever close-up in all of cinema:
I have begun to review Francois Truffaut's series The Adventures of Antoine Doinel, a landmark of French cinema.
* The 400 Blows
* Antoine and Colette/Stolen Kisses
THIS WEEK IN BD/DVD REVIEWS...
* The Last of England, Derek Jarman's post-apocalyptic poem. A vision of the future from the vantage point of the 1980s.
* Rio Grande, a pre-Quiet Man teaming of John Wayne, John Ford, and Maureen O'Hara.
Current Soundtrack: Nolan Porter, No Apologies
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