"You fall in love with someone, and there's this moment where you just want to consume each other and not be individuals anymore. We had that so strongly that we felt we wanted to pursue that, and not just talk about it, but live it."  -  The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
#465 | October 30, 2012
Deviled Egg
DVD of the Week: Rosemary's Baby (Criterion). Roman Polanski's 1968 chiller has become so much a part of cinematic language and lore that watching it afresh—on a newly released Criterion Blu-ray and DVD—is to savor the pervasive influence of the film as a pop-cultural standard. A box-office sensation that brought Paramount Studios back from the grave, it's not as though the movie ever lacked for appreciation. It racked up $33 million, the eighth highest-grossing title in a year ruled by 2001: A Space Odyssey, just a few mil ahead of Planet of the Apes and Night of the Living Dead. Read more >>
In This Dispatch:
  • What's New: Polisse, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jane, and more.
  • What We're Watching: Foreign Parts, Magic Mike, Elena.
  • Explore: Retro Active: Memories of Murder. 
The Boston Globe's Wesley Morris had some pretty emotional reactions to this cop thriller from France. "I wanted to stand up and cheer...All the tears I shed were hard-earned. So were all the laughing and clapping and eye-covering...Polisse is so like those shows that it’s utterly unlike them. It’s raw where, say, SVU is slick. It’s personal where CSI is histrionically forensic. It’s funny where NCIS can be labored." Joe Morgenstern also notes the film's fever pitch: "What makes it such a singular experience is the convergence of fine acting, moral urgency and a willingness to linger on moments of great intensity."
Steve Dollar summarizes:"This kaleidoscopic documentary explores the (sur)reality of the English musician, performance artist and provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his companion of 15 years, the late Lady Jaye Breyer. When Lady Jane died in 2007, she was part of an ongoing collaboration with her mate to become a single 'pandrogynous' entity." "What makes all this compelling is that the industrial music pioneer P-Orridge (whose concerts shine) is so well spoken. And so human. Rarely do films offer such intimate insights into the inner workings of a true artist," writes SF Gate's David Lewis
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
Also out todayRosemary's Baby (Criterion)Safety Not GuaranteedRuby SparksElena (reviewed below), and The Campaign.

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What We're Watching

foreign parts
Foreign Parts (directed by the team of Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki) has all the makings of a groan-inducing activist documentary along the lines of Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s The Garden or (worse) a ghoulish voyeur’s-eye-view of extreme poverty in America. Instead, Paravel/Sniadecki have pulled off the rare verite documentary that manages a formal grace and doesn’t patronize or fetishize its subjects. Read more >>
More like this  Dark DaysWaste Land

magic mike
The anomalous smash of the year, Magic Mike's transgressions are mild but—in the context of a summer Hollywood piece of counter-programming—bold. The main selling point is naked male bodies: not, notably, of muscled heroes in various poses of violence, but in dance numbers only slightly raunchier than the average Step Up number. Beefcake bro Channing Tatum strips down in a role based on his experiences as a 19-year-old male stripper, a spectacle with the potential to make heterosexual American men nervous. Read more >>
More like this  SpreadThe Full Monty

Elena is didactic filmmaking and in interviews, director Andrei Zvyagintsev hasn't been shy in explicitly stating his fundamental criticism of the contemporary Russian underclass. "This is how they will behave," he noted in an interview conducted at the film's Cannes premiere. "At one point we considered calling the film The Invasion of the Barbarians." "They" are the title character's (Nadezhda Markina) son Sergei (Aleksey Rozin) and his family, notably grandson Sasha (Igor Orgutsov), whose grades are so bad he'll end up serving mandatory army time unless the right college officials are bribed. Read more >>

[This week's "Retro Active" pick is inspired by Luis Prieto's remake Pusher.] Frank (Kim Bodnia) is headed for disaster from the outset of Pusher, as evidenced by his introduction via a tracking shot from behind his left shoulder as he moves from the bright exterior of a Copenhagen street into the deep, dark confines of a local establishment. A low-level drug dealer working alongside Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen), a wild partner with "Respect" tattooed across the back of his shaved skull, Frank figures himself a big shot, and in that mistaken assumption, he functions as something of a noir antihero, doomed by his own hubris. Read more >>
RETRO ACTIVE: Pusher (1996)

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