"Don't make me throw this hummus... it's spicy!   -  ParaNorman
#469 | November 27, 2012
INTERVIEW: Kier-La Janisse
Interview: Kier-La Janisse. Montreal-based film critic and programmer Kier-La Janisse explores how her own life as an adopted child with disruptive behavioral issues is intricately wired to a particular strain of cinephilia in "House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films" (FAB Press; $29.99). On one level, Janisse offers a spirited, incisive, and refreshingly plain-spoken analysis of movies that range from widely discussed auteurist psychodramas (3 Women, The Devils, Audition, Antichrist) to more furtive enthusiasms of the sort once tucked away in the back corner of the kind of video stores where she once worked. Read more >>
In This Dispatch:
  • What's New: ParaNorman, Burning in the Sun, and more.
  • What We're Watching: Lawless.
  • Explore: RETRO ACTIVE: Red Dawn.
The boy sees dead people, but it's not the twist at the end, the ghosts are this outsider's friends in this film from the same production studio as Coraline. Manohla Dargis calls it "beautiful-looking, charmingly heartfelt," also noting "the meticulously detailed pictorial beauty, which turns each scene into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight." Physical sets and puppets along with new 3D Printing technology were utilized instead of the typical use of CGI. The LA Time's Betsy Sharkey adds, "the style of film itself evokes a kind of pop-up book fairy tale quality that beckons you inside"
ParaNorman
The fact that the 26 year-old man profiled in this doc (Daniel Dembele) can build solar panels from scrap is powerful and surprising enough, but the film inspires more conversation than that, says Film-Forward. "Director Cambria Matlow found in Mali a young man whose personal story and drive to succeed so parallels Barack Obama’s that the film’s sociological insights almost outweigh the accomplishment of bringing cheap electricity to poor villages." TrustMovies, who has been following the film since it was a 20 minute short, agrees, calling it “Riveting…the ramifications are extraordinary.”
Burning in the Sun
Also out todayLawless (also on Blu-Ray); 18-minute experimental nunsploitation film and the only film ever banned outright in the UK solely on the grounds of blasphemy Visions of Ecstasy (also contains the director's other works); and Men In Black 3.

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What We're Watching

lawless
"Ungh." Every time Tom Hardy grunts in Lawless, it's a Rick Ross-level event, a laconic warning from a hard man not to be messed with on any account. It's 1931, and Forrest Bondurant (Hardy) is a bootlegger prospering in Franklin County, Virginia. Affluence is relative: in the middle of gross poverty, the obdurate Bondurant brothers are a few cuts above because they own a roadside diner/bar and drive long distances to sell moonshine, paying the police as they must. The arrival of "lawman" Charley Rakes (Guy Pearce) poses a problem, since the Chicago transplant wants a bigger cut than proud Forrest will agree to. Proud rural brothers vs. corrupt urban cop, game on. Read more >>
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Explore
[This week's "Retro Active" pick is inspired by the North Korean-centric remake Red Dawn.] Of all the places to invade America, Colorado—cutoff from any reasonable air or naval support—would seem a pretty terrible choice. But don't tell that to Red Dawn, John Milius' eminently ridiculous time capsule of Cold War paranoia and teenybopper play-acting, which finds small-town Colorado overrun by Russian and Cuban soldiers. Read more >>
RETRO ACTIVE: Red Dawn

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