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Entries from April 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

April 30th, 2007 · No Comments

I have little to add to the dialogue about An Inconvenient Truth. As Oscar-winners go, it fully fits the “will win” category — as opposed to “should win.” And that’s not a comment about the superiority of its competitors, only one of which I’ve seen, but simply an observation that there isn’t anything remarkable about [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Documentary · Family

Notes on a Scandal

April 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Screenwriter Patrick Marber had his hands full adapting a novel entitled What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal. The story involves a newly-hired art teacher (played here by Cate Blanchett) involved in a sexual scandal involving one of her 15-year-old students. The first part of the novel’s title, dropped in the film adaptation, serves [...]

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Tags: Drama · Thriller

Black Book

April 15th, 2007 · No Comments

The two films I wanted to see this weekend were both only playing at the Music Box Theatre, the glamorous old lady of Chicago cinemas. For me, going to the Music Box is like going to the gym. I dread the concept because it seems like so much work (it’s “far away,” there’s no parking, [...]

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Tags: Crime/Noir · Drama · Foreign Language · Romance · War

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

April 15th, 2007 · No Comments

The second part of this afternoon’s Music Box double feature, Ken Loach’s Cannes award-winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley, is also a war film, also has a (much more secondary) romantic subplot, and could not be any more different than Black Book. Unlike Paul Verhoeven’s reputation as a hedonic provocateur, Loach’s work is known [...]

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Tags: Drama · Romance · War