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#432 | March 13, 2012
SXSW 2012: Critic's Notebook #1
It's King Kelly's world. We just live in it. In Andrew Neel's hectic feature, a teenage sexpot—played by Louisa Krause, in a radical (and rad!) gear-shift from her role as Lizzie Olsen's docile indoctrinator in Martha Marcy May Marlene—riots through the world as the director and star of her own 24-hour reality event: Her life is a performance is an unending digital stream, piped from her cell phone to an audience of pervs with screen names like Poo Bare and a laughing chorus of YouTube commenters. The film, which premiered at the 2012 edition of the South by Southwest Film Festival, might have been tailored specifically for the event's mushrooming interactive component (now reported to be a bigger draw than the film and music portions combined). In this first dispatch from the festival, Steve Dollar also covers Bobcat Goldhwait's God Bless America and [REC] 3: Genesis. Read more >>
In This Dispatch:
  • What's New: Melancholia, The Swell Season, and more. 
  • What We're Watching: J. Edgar, A Dangerous Method.
  • Explore: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, 2012. 
  • Contest: SFIAAFF30 Ticket Giveaway!
Lars von Trier returns to grandiose form in this rumination on depression and the end of the world for Melancholia, in which "in a mere eight minutes he creates something of a spellbinding beauty—a flash-forward of sorts, which concludes, of course, with an apocalyptic collision of planets—that can nail a viewer to their seat for the next two hours," writes Steve Dollar. "Firmly rooted in the filmmaker's esoteric, frustrating, provoking, demanding narrative style, the movie is also amazingly romantic - lush, ripe, rich, delicious," adds Betsy Sharkey of the LA Times. Also on GreenCine: an interview with the film's co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg
Melancholia
Fans who fell in love with Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard over their sweet indie doc Once (or after Marketa's endearing Oscars acceptance speech) will be thrilled and heartbroken over this documentary following their 2-year tour and romantic relationship. Movieline's Alison Wilmore says, "The beautiful near love story of the (Once) and the real-life romance between Hansard and Irglová allows for a bit of bleed between who they actually are and who they played on-screen, and a clear part of the appeal of seeing them perform, for some audience members, is the way it seems to allow the story of the film to continue... It's an eloquent summation of the complexities and strength of their bond, and a poetic cap to the pair's fictional and real ups and downs over two films."
The Swell Season
What We're Watching
J. Edgar
Clint Eastwood more or less established the modern-day biopic formula back with Bird (1988), though it was not a formula back then; the proof is that the movie only received one Oscar nomination, for its sound design. Two years ago, Eastwood revisited the biopic genre with the interesting, if not entirely successful Invictus; if anything, that movie simply bit off more than it could chew. Now Eastwood is back with a third biopic, J. Edgar (also on Blu-Ray), and given the first two, there was no reason for high hopes. Read more >>
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A Dangerous Method
At times, and very briefly, as I watched David Cronenberg's new movie A Dangerous Method -- about Freud and Jung, their relationship, a female patient whom they "shared" for a time and another, male, whom one analyst passed to his peer -- the 1962 John Huston film Freud would flicker through my mind. This was brief, yes, because I wanted nothing to distract me from the excellent work at hand. But I could not help but marvel at how much movies have grown up -- in terms of subject matter and how it is handled -- in the nearly half-century between the two films. That is to say, when cinema actually takes the trouble to make real and intelligent use of what is permitted, now that so many barriers have fallen in regard to what may be shown and discussed on screen, what marvels we can sometimes be served. Read more >>
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RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2012: Critic's Notebook (Low Life, Smugglers' Songs)

 Nicolas Klotz and Elizabeth Percival's Low Life is a hybrid horror film about illegal immigration laced with academic dialogue, scored by a thumpingly contemporary dubstep/witch-house soundtrack. The subjects are students and squatters, who gather nightly to applaud tango dancing in small bars, party in converted lofts, and face off against the police on ideological grounds.  Read more >>
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2012: Critic's Notebook
Contests!
There's still time to win vouchers for The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), presented by the Center for Asian American Media! San Jose screenings start shortly, so those in the East Bay area can enjoy a chance to win vouchers to see any film in this portion of the SFIAAFF. Read more >>
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