Cinema Mishmash

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Entries from March 2007


March 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I was recently party to a discussion on the subject of artist biopics with a group of local artists and professors, one of whom has taught, from time to time, an art history course entirely through the medium of film. The students watch a film based upon the life of a famous artist (e.g. Frida, [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Drama


March 15th, 2007 · No Comments

The British mockumentary Confetti is not, despite its best intentions, a Christopher Guest movie. While entertaining and at times quite funny, Confetti has the unintended consequence of showing — by comparison — just how talented Guest (Best In Show, Waiting For Guffman, A Mighty Wind, This is Spinal Tap [script], and recently For Your Consideration) [...]

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Tags: Comedy


March 13th, 2007 · No Comments

At the beginning of the DVD presentation of Tideland, director Terry Gilliam removes any doubt that the film isn’t for everyone by, well, appearing on screen and telling us that the film isn’t for everyone. Those familiar with the work of this disastrously brilliant director, whose body of work (The Fisher King, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama

Letters From Iwo Jima

March 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Rounding out World War II week at the Mishmash we have the second of Clint Eastwood’s pair of Iwo Jima stories, this time from the Japanese perspective. Although suggested to be “the other side of the story,” the relationship between Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers is actually slight. This is not [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Director · Drama · Foreign Language · War

The Lives of Others

March 3rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

The December 2006 issue of Sight & Sound contained a feature declaring a renaissance of German cinema, suggesting that there is something exciting happening among the country’s young filmmakers. Considering that Germany’s ugly political history often threatens to overshadow the beauty found in its rich artistic history, it is a fitting achievement that with his [...]

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Tags: Drama · Foreign Language · Romance · Thriller