Of the movies in theaters and newly available on DVD this weekend, here's what I like, with links to my reviews, if any. I haven't seen any of the new films opening this week, although I am going to catch Drillbit Taylor. Will report back. Meanwhile ...
In preferential order:
Nothing particularly interesting this week, although last week I overlooked:
It's a great week for a couple of favorite French filmmakers, and it also includes a hair-pulling conundrum for progressive film fans, on the 27th. I'll be at some combination of the following:
Rob, I dig this weekly feature of yours, surveying and alerting us to film-cultural happenings both local and larger. What a cool idea.
Here are a couple of new DVD releases this week that I'm eager to see: Alberto Lattuada's Mafioso (1962) and Marlon Riggs's Tongues Untied (1989).
Ah, thanks for the tip, Girish. I noticed those two on the release calendar, but I haven't seen either one. I have a stack of unwatched DVDs at home, and I have to admit that I've just been skimming the new releases.
Rob, great shot from Marienbad (love the use of the mirror in that scene). I didn't know there was a new print. Good news! I had to order the R2 DVD just to have a decent quality image. I hope that print makes the rounds to Southern Califonia. I'd go to every screening if it were possible.
Rob, do you think I'd enjoy Taxi to the Dark Side? It just opened at our one art theater?
I'm not sure if enjoy is the word, but I think you'd appreciate it.
As a film, it's mostly a standard TV-style documentary. But I've been trying to see all of the Iraq-related movies, and this is one of the best, earning points for thoroughness, sheer amount of information, and the elegant way it connects dots. It's maybe a little overwhelming, but I liked it better than No End in Sight (which is pretty good, too), because I learned a lot of things that I hadn't heard elsewhere.
Of course it's infuriating. You should probably check it out if you feel like getting your ire up.
Darren, I think you'd like Taxi a lot. It's genuinely thought-provoking. Unlike Rob, I didn't find myself getting angry as much as I was just terribly sad at the end. No End in Sight made me angry, in a good way.
I feel quite remiss not having mentioned it on my own blog, but tonight's Film on Film Foundation screenings of two Jonas Mekas features is not on the PFA calendar. I'm hoping to go; we'll see if hopes pan out.
Wow, I haven't heard of this group. Here's a link. Looks like they have screenings at the Roxie sometimes, too. Seems like a good calendar to monitor.
I won't make it to tonight's program, though. Rats.
I've been to one of their Roxie screenings (a well-attended program of Isadore Isou's Venom & Eternity and Christopher MacClaine's The End, and have mentioned a few others on my blog. I'm waffling over tonight. I haven't seen a movie all weekend though, so I may end up leaning that way...