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Entries from June 2007

Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961)

June 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Several years ago, I recall finding the title and Criterion DVD cover art for Cleo From 5 to 7 subtly provocative. But it wasn’t until now, the film’s storyline having taken on more personal relevance, that I got around to watching the film. Cleo was my introduction to Belgian-born French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda. [...]

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Tags: Drama · Foreign Language · Review · Romance

Vagabond (1985)

June 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Twenty-four years after Cleo From 5 to 7, with many films in between, Agnès Varda created another feminine profile, Vagabond. The films could not be more different stylistically, and after 46 years, Cleo holds up much better than Vagabond after only 22. Perhaps the 80’s (here in full force from dress to hairstyles to music) [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Drama · Foreign Language

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

June 8th, 2007 · No Comments

The third (and last?) of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, At World’s End, is exactly what it is supposed to be: mindless popcorn entertainment, full of outlandish explosions and impressive special effects. The film’s dour opening sequence suggests that some weightier ideas might lurk beneath the watery surface, but fear not, such aspirations are [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Capsule · Popcorn

The Lost City (2005)

June 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Director/composer/actor Andy Garcia has achieved a phenomenal feat in metaphorical art. Through an attempt to tell a story about a place in a desperate crisis of identity, purpose, and coherence (1950’s Cuba), he has created a movie which suffers the very same fate. The story is that of a cabaret owner, his extended family, the [...]

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Tags: Drama · Review

The Good German (2006)

June 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Despite his perhaps being the victim of the one-too-many curse of Hollywood’s obsession with franchise (in the recently-released Ocean’s 13), director Steven Soderbergh (The Limey, Solaris, Bubble) has shown, through the more personal projects he makes between studio paychecks, that his only recognizable formula is to continuously create new challenges for himself and his audience. [...]

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Tags: Crime/Noir · Director · Review · War