Funny Soul Loop (Weekly Links)

Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week.

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Soul Power: Miriam Makeba

Funny People. “Can’t be accused of committee thinking.”

Soul Power. “Great, sweltering stuff.”

In the Loop. “Profanity into an art form.”

Shrink. “There’s something vain about letting yourself look this bad.”

Movie Diary 6/8/2009

soulpower2Soul Power (Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, 2009). More footage from the When We Were Kings events in Zaire in 1974, this time focusing on the soul-music festival that featured James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, et al. It has splendid footage of Muhammad Ali, and the Spinners doing “One of a Kind (Love Affair)” in 100-degree heat, which pretty much sealed the deal for me. Wonderful.

Kaifeck Murder (Esther Gronenborn, 2008). A German exercise in spooky build-up in an isolated rural area. M. Night Shyamalstein? Alas, this movie exhibits only the tricks of the genre, and nothing like film style. (Screens at SIFF 6/13 and 6/14)