"I am here to inform these modern times of the grammatical era’s end and the beginning of flamboyance especially in cinema. "  -  Weekend (Criterion)
#467 | November 13, 2012
DOC NYC 2012: Critic's Notebook
Now in its third year, DOC NYC is an omnibus fest: Its 115 shorts and features mark an effort to create a populist documentary summit that plays strongly to specific constituencies within the ever-expanding culture that non-fiction filmmaking has become. Steve Dollar reports from the fest on The Central Park Five, in which Ken Burns (in league with daughter Sarah and David McMahon, her husband and longtime Burns associate) prowls Errol Morris/Werner Herzog turf to explore how five teenaged black and Hispanic boys spent a collective 33 ½ years in jail, falsely convicted in the infamous 1989 Central Park Jogger case. Also, radical activist-turned FBI snitch doc Informant, Shepard & Dark, and Only the Young. Read more >>
In This Dispatch:
  • What's New: Dark Horse, 2 Days in New York, and more.
  • What We're Watching: The Life and Death of a Porno Gang, The Forgiveness of Blood (Criterion), We Can't Go Home Again.
  • Explore: Film of the Week: Burning Hot Summer
We've asked it before: Is Welcome to the Dollhouse auteur Todd Solondz a misanthrope, or a humanist whose characters just happen to engage in ugly, perverse, cruel behavior? The NY Time's A.O. Scott answers: "He surveys the human geography of his native suburbia with what looks like unbridled disgust but is actually an unquenchable and steadfast love. Dark Horse may be his warmest, most generous movie, but it also casts a beam of empathy backward, illuminating the baffled, benighted, icky souls who have populated Mr. Solondz’s universe from the start." Another look by J. Hoberman for Tablet Mag: "With its lovingly detailed caricatures, fondness for extreme scenarios, and snarky nerd’s-eye view of ordinary misery, cinema Solondz is a successor to the underground comix of the 1970s."
Julie Delpy is back in the role crafted 2007's 2 Days in Paris with this "matchless New York romantic comedy with language full of smarts and crudeness...a hilarious 48-hour portrait of an atypical modern family." (Caitlin Colford, Paste Magazine). SF Gate's Mick LaSalle praises, "Delpy shows real skill in her ability to take things to the edge, while keeping the actions clear and the comic beats crisp and clean...If Delpy's first film announced that she was someone capable of directing a movie, her second announces that her greatest talent might really be as a comedy director, a seriously good one." 
Also out today: 2 new Criterion treatments: Godard's Weekend and Pier Paolo Pasolini's Trilogy of Life (The Decameron / The Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights), The Watch, We Can't Go Home Again & Don't Expect Too MuchBraveThey Call It Myanmar: Lifting The CurtainThe Raw and the Cooked, The Island President, Savages, and Hong Sang-Soo's The Day He Arrives.

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What We're Watching

Sunday Bloody Sunday
What was I expecting from this Balkans movie? Something in the way of the infamous A Serbian Film: lots of transgression and sex, adding up to mostly slick/sick exploitation. There is a lot of transgression and sex in The Life and Death of a Porno Gang, the Serbian film from writer/director Mladen Djordjevic, but by the finale of this amazing movie, it has risen so far above mere exploitation that I think the word will no longer cross your mind. Read more >>

forgiveness of blood
Soon after eschewing socialism in the early ‘90s, Albania was one of the first countries to re-form a representative government. However, many Albanians returned to an older form of self-governance: the Kanun. A set of moral laws dating back at least to the fifteenth century, the Kanun is essentially a ratification of common courtesies and basic principles, transcending political or religious affiliation. Read more >>

can't go home again
One of the more anticipated sidebar items is the immaculate restoration of Nicholas Ray's 1976 "student film" We Can't Go Home Again, the product of five years of labor. Eight years after essentially collapsing on the set of 1963's 55 Days at Peking and long after having exhausted studio goodwill with his drug use and erratic reliability, Ray wound up teaching for a spell at upstate New York's Harpur College. Over the years, Ray had a lot of wild ideas the studios wouldn't let him indulge...  Read more >>

DVD of the Week: Burning Hot Summer. French auteur Philippe Garrel's work has always been a tough sell. He began in experimental cinema in the '60s, personally processing his first short, and only gradually worked his way towards narrative. His American "breakthrough"—2005's Regular Lovers, four decades into his career—is a nearly three-hour, black-and-white, Academy-ratio portrait of May '68's discontented survivors.  Read more >>

Blood Feuds


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