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"Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."-- Now, Voyager.
#285 | May 5, 2009
Aaron Hillis was fortunate enough to have an extended conversation with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and shares that extension with us: "Who knew that a Jarmusch film could be the most divisive of the year thus far? I'm not ready to address The Limits of Control and all the knee-jerk, unconstructive naysayings I've read that don't actually engage with what the film is or how it does (or doesn't) work, at least until I see it a second time, since I was too mesmerized by the experience to take many notes. In lieu of that, I present to you the extended version of an interview I did with Jarmusch for" More >>
In This Dispatch:
  • What's New: Wendy & Lucy, Momma's Man, and more.
  • What We're Watching: Profit Motive and the .Whispering Wind [+interview!], Under the Bombs, Enchanted April.
  • Explore: Guy and Madeline podcast; Tribeca and SFIFF reviews.
Kelly Reichardt's second feature, simplistically put, about a young woman and her missing dog, is "a tender, tough, uncompromising film," wrote Sean Axmaker, "photographed with a disarming directness and seeming simplicity that looks almost naked next to the dramatic constructions of most films. It just makes her precariousness all the more real." Adds J Hoberman, of the lead performance, "[Michelle] Williams delivers a sensationally nuanced performance that, were it not so resolutely undramatic, would constitute an aria of stoical misery." GC's Craig Phillips had it on his best of 08 list: "manages to be sad yet hopeful in the smallest of ways."
Azazel Jacobs' independent film chronicles the story of a young husband and father who stops off at his parents’ loft during a business trip to New York and finds himself emotionally unable to leave. "Beautiful, wise, and poker-faced comedy of discombobulation," wrote Owen Glieberman. Adds the LA Times Kevin Thomas: "Mastery of tone is everything here, and Azazel's control, combined with his wit, perception, discretion and easy command of the visual and of his cast makes Momma's Man a gem."
What We're Watching
A calm, beautiful and wordless testament to fallen rebels and radicals through American history from colonial times to the present, this film consists of elegantly composed images of gravesites and public shrines. A.O. Scott in the NY Times called this hour long documentary "a moving and intriguing reverie." The GreenCine Daily collected more review snippets. Now Kevin Lee and Keith Uhlich have given us a very provocative, in-depth interview with the film's maker, John Gianvito. Read more >>
Eye-opening in a number of ways, not to mention what it will do to your mind and heart, Under the Bombs(Sous les bombes) -- Lebanon's official selection for this past year's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar -- is a first-rate film in every respect. It is only the second movie to be directed and written (this time with co-writer Michel LÚviant ) by Philippe Aractingi, which makes its surety of tone and pacing even more review >>
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Mike Newell's charming British comedy has long been a staff favorite, but never on DVD here in the US until now. It was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for the wonderful Joan Plowright, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It's set in Italy, where four British women of different backgrounds have come on holiday, and "the sensual bloom of the Italian countryside, gracefully evoked by cinematographer Rex Maidment, loosens inhibitions and creates a strong bond among the women," wrote Peter Travers. "Peter Baines, who adapted Elizabeth Von Arnim's 1922 novel, has a knack for showing the strength women derive from each other. Though all the performances are beautifully realized, [Polly] Walker is a stunning standout."
They don't make musicals like MGM used to decades ago, so you have to hand it to Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench writer/director Damien Chazelle for channeling the spirit of innovators like Stanley Donen and even Michel Legrand in his gritty but beautiful, 16mm black-and-white debut. Chazelle chatted with Aaron for a new podcast.

Now playing at GreenCine Daily: Reports from two prominent, concurrent film festivals on opposite coasts. Craig Phillips and Jeffrey Anderson review six new films at the 52nd SFIFF. Meanwhile, Andrew Grant closes out this year's Tribeca Film Festival with a spotlight on two narrative debuts that screened at the fest.

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