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Paranoid Park
Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park (credit: Scott Green)

Of the movies in theaters and newly available on DVD this weekend, here's what I like, with links to my reviews, if any. And don't forget that Daylight Saving Time goes into effect this weekend.

Opening This Weekend

Wow, the multiplex is a dead zone, but around the fringes we have:

  • Paranoid Park — Gus Van Sant's latest film drifts ever so slightly back toward narrative filmmaking, which makes it easier to enjoy in the moment but maybe a little less rewarding.
    [trailer, my podcast comments from New York and J. Robert's from TIFF, see also: my chat with Van Sant in the March issue of Paste Magazine (Michael Jackson's glove on the cover)]
  • Snow Angels — It may be my favorite of David Gordon Green's films, although it took me some time to come to that realization. It's his most conventional in structure, but it's still an odd mix of elements.
    [trailer, listen to my chat with Green on this weekend's podcast, see also: my review in the March Paste]
  • Married Life — I resisted this period drama by Ira Sachs, trying unsuccessfully to fit it into the noir-ish or screwballsy mold that it seems to ask for, but by the end I appreciated it, mildly, as something else entirely.
    [trailer, review]

Continuing, in Preferential Order

  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [trailer]

  • The Unforeseen [trailer, see also: my review in the April issue of Paste]

  • There Will Be Blood [trailer, brief comments on the podcast]

  • Taxi to the Dark Side [trailer]

  • Honeydripper — John Sayles' best film in years [trailer]

  • Chicago 10 [trailer, capsule review]

  • Michael Clayton [trailer, see also: my capsule review in the March Paste]

  • Persepolis [trailer, J. Robert's interview with the director on the podcast]

  • Be Kind Rewind [trailer, review]

Minor Amusements

No Thanks

New on DVD

  • My Kid Could Paint That [trailer, discussion on the podcast]
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead — Sidney Lumet turns Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke into reservoir dogs. [trailer]

Where I'll Be This Week (Bay Area)

The PFA is having an amazing run, with the Pedro Costa series bleeding into the Welles retrospective. Meanwhile, Peter Bogdanovich is introducing each of his films at the Castro.

Posted by davis | Link | Other Weekends
Reader Comments
March 7, 2008, 09:22 AM

You know this is an open invitation to stalk you?

March 7, 2008, 11:00 AM

Or do I simply want to see Vantage Point and 10,000 BC again, creating an elaborate diversion to hide my tracks? One can never be sure....

March 7, 2008, 03:29 PM

Well there's nothing like hiding one's movements under mammoth tracks. BTW, I was so hoping 10,000 B.C. was going to be entertaining; but, after your Paste review, no way. I'll just stalk you instead; that's much more entertaining.

March 7, 2008, 03:38 PM

That kind of movie isn't really my thing, you know, but I was aware of that going in, and I was fully prepared for some good brainless fun. I can appreciate that. I even bought a hot dog and some Whoppers! But then.

March 7, 2008, 03:41 PM

Brian comments here that SFMOMA is showing El Topo on Saturday at 3pm. I haven't seen it. I'm considering that as an alternate to the above. I also neglected to mention Paper Moon on Saturday afternoon at the Castro.