Posted on March 13, 2009 by roberthorton
Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week:
The Betrayal. “The Academy blew it.”
Everlasting Moments. “Fleeting bits of truth and beauty.”
The Last House on the Left. “Everybody seems to be standing around stupefied all the time.”
Crossing Over. “Incongruities piling on top of each other.”
Race to Witch Mountain. “Wouldn’t you just shape-shift yourself into something more palatable?”
Beauty in Trouble. “Wine with cola dumped in it.”
And TV-wise: I talk about The Betrayal and a couple of bad Paul Newman DVDs on ArtZone in Studio with Nancy Guppy. Watch here; the film bit comes on around 3:49 into it.
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Posted on March 3, 2009 by roberthorton
Crossing Over (Wayne Kramer, 2009). Kramer’s The Cooler was the kind of thing that made you feel like he could make a good one as long as he didn’t have something important to say. Crossing Over wants to say something important. (full review 3/13)
Phoebe in Wonderland (Daniel Barnz, 2008). Elle Fanning, younger sister of Dakota, plays a kid with an unusual connection to theater and the world. Uh, the Fannings have a very talented family. (full review 3/6)
Diary of a Lost Girl (G.W. Pabst, 1929). Pabst and Louise Brooks followed Pandora’s Box with this more familiar melodrama, which still provides much flavor of Weimar Germany. That flavor is in Pabst’s films like nobody else’s, with apologies to Murnau and Lang, far greater directors overall.
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