Cinema Mishmash

A personal and random look at movies, past and present

Cinema Mishmash random header image

Entries from June 2006

Slacker

June 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Inspired by the recent viewing of I Vitelloni (Italian slang for “the slackers”), and by the recent DVD release of Richard Linklater’s second feature, Dazed and Confused, I decided it was high time I viewed his first feature, Slacker (1991), a rambling stream of consciousness strung together by various characters throughout Linklater’s beloved Austin, Texas. [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Director · Ensemble

I Vitelloni

June 15th, 2006 · No Comments

“Vitelloni” is Italian for “slacker,” and with I Vitelloni (1953) director Federico Fellini explores idle youth embodied by a group of young men in a provincial town, characters Fellini seems to know extremely well. There can be no surprise, then, that the companion documentary on the Criterion DVD suggests that the young director and his [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Director · Ensemble · Foreign Language

Rent

June 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Please shoot me with 525,600 bullets. How do you measure just how unbelievably bad a movie can be? Sorry, all you fans of the musical out there (and apparently you are legion). I never had any interest. And yet, I thought, through the benevolent power of cinematic adaptation, that mystical force that can transform any [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Ensemble · Musical

The Son (Le Fils)

June 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Jean-Piere and Luc Dardennes won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival with L’Enfant, a film I missed during its cinematic release a few months back despite great interest (there’s a long list in that category). My anticipation is heightened further after seeing the previous entry from these Belgian brothers: The Son, which [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Director · Foreign Language