From GreenCine Daily...
"Warner's new nine-film box set Classic Musicals From the Dream Factory Volume 3 features four Eleanor Powell films, and they are a reminder of just what audiences attended musicals for," writes Sean Axmaker.
Wishing King Kong a happy 75th: Robert Cashill and Ted Pigeon.
"Spalding Gray was a towering figure in 1980s avant-garde theater, a performer whose relationship with his own stage persona was so unique it spawned a new genre of playwriting." Teddy Blanks introduces a package at Not Coming to a Theater Near You that features reviews of Swimming to Cambodia, Monster in a Box and Gray's Anatomy.
Also at NCTATNY, Chet Mellema admires Platform's "unassuming affront to the cavernous social dichotomies found in China during the 1980s, as the country begins to transition from a forced communal mindset to an acknowledgement, of sorts, of the individual. Along the way, the film addresses a kaleidoscope of issues, including the roles and contributions of the artist in a labor-intensive society; the onslaught of capitalism and its side effects; youthful longing to travel and seek other locales; familial, generational and class divides; and the influx of Westernized pop culture on a people virgin to such influence."
"John Carpenter's mastery of hard-boiled genre tropes may be no more evident than in his 1976 masterwork Assault on Precinct 13, a neo-western bathed in urban decay and 70s racial tensions that packs - in 90 minutes, no less - more insight into life lessons and moral codes of honor (do unto others, etc) than most filmmakers achieve in an entire career." Rob Humanick.
Also: "Lions for Lambs is talky, preachy, obvious, but it's also honest, to-the-point, frank, and anything but simplistic, avoiding not only the disingenuously visceral point making of the likes of United 93, but also (and more importantly) the distancing apathy of so many films that it deliberately seeks to counter."
Guy Savage at Noir of the Week: "The Homme Fatale in Sudden Fear."
For Stop Smiling, Mark Mordue talks with Andrew Dominik about The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte has been out on a R1 DVD for some time, but Eureka's just released an R2 version as part of its Masters of Cinema series and the DVD is "an exquisite piece of work," writes Glenn Kenny. As for the film itself, though, "Pauline Kael called La Notte, Last Year at Marienbad and La Dolce Vita 'The Come-Dressed-As-The-Sick-Soul-of-Europe Parties,' and as far as La Notte is concerned she has a point."
DVD roundups: Sean Axmaker, DVD Talk and Harry Knowles.
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