Waltz with Bashir 4/21/09
As much as this film is embedded in Middle Eastern, and particularly Israeli, concerns, I don't feel I brought much away from it on that front, however.
Grizzly Man 4/07/09
Werner Herzog goes on his own journey throughout this film, meeting many irreverent & loving commentators on Treadwell's life, as he attempts to understand a man who is his polar opposite when it comes to seeing love in nature's maw.
The Story of the Weeping Camel 4/07/09
I can't give it the ballistic rating that it's quietly wonderful ending deserves, given that the majority of the film has an essence captured in many other solid 'hinterland' documentaries, but i would say ignore the faux-tears of the camel, and let the Mongolian wind cast its quiet spell over you.
The Lives of Others 4/07/09
I wasn't completely sold on a couple of the artier influences our thespian couple had on our moribund spy, but everything else lived up to the director's aspirations for me - namely recreating the paranoia and lurking brutality of those times with fidelity, while championing the role art has in vocally taking on repressive taboos.
My Winnipeg 2/14/09
Guy Maddin is trying to 'film his way out' of his ice-clad hometown, charting its idiosyncrasies, its slumbering trends and exotic gynocracies, all the elements that have kept him its semi-willing prisoner, never letting him quite build the momentum to escape its peculiarly familiar folds.
The Happiness of the Katakuris 11/19/08
There's a thrifty static nature to Miike's camera in most of these scenes, but his gonzo nature in pushing through the concepts involved makes the whole thing breathe.
A Canterbury Tale 9/13/07
War, worship & cinema 'discernship' get bundled up into a neat little travelling sack as events progress, but the reduction of rural 'sprawl' to tall propoganda tale still leaves the feeling that you've breathed in more fresh air than hot.