Notorious Last Chance Che (Weekly Links)

Reviews I filed for this week’s Herald.

Che. “Call it the anti-Oliver Stone approach.”

Defiance. “There’s something uncanny in the setting.”

Last Chance Harvey. “Hoffman takes a singular approach to romantic comedy: he’s annoying.”

Chandni Chowk to China. “There is much nonsense to savor.”

Paul Blart: Mall Cop. “He brandishes his cop-stache with great pride.”

Hotel for Dogs. “A statement from the Dog Pound Anti-Defamation Society is called for.”

Notorious. “There shall not be a Jim Carrey comedy called The Godfather .”

And an interview with Defiance director Ed Zwick: here.

Movie Diary 1/10/2009


You don't mess with the Mabuse

Hotel for Dogs (Thor Freudenthal, 2009). A good lesson for the kids: break into the the dog pound, where employees are evil, and let the dogs into a condemned hotel in a sketchy part of town. Dog people will love it anyway. (full review 1/16)

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (Fritz Lang, 1922). Such a strong influence on everything from Scarface to The 39 Steps to The Dark Knight, it’s somewhat surprising this film isn’t mentioned more often as a kind of “founding work” of the movies. But the 4 1/2 hour running time might have something to do with it. And please note: Dr. Mabuse himself disapproves of the Expressionist aesthetic.