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Entries from August 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

August 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Director Paul Greengrass‘ work on the second installment of the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Supremacy, was bold and startling — an exhilarating progression for the visual and narrative language of the action genre. Nonetheless, one should rarely expect much from a third installment, especially in a summer season that has had more than its fair [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Director · Popcorn · Review

Alpha Dog (2006)

August 5th, 2007 · No Comments

The opinion of the legacy of late American indie filmmaker (and Hollywood actor) John Cassavetes seems to continue to grow, especially in the European film press. Although his filmmaking style and methods were considered maverick, he has left behind a small dynasty: his wife Gena Rowlands (whose Hollywood royalty is her own), daughter Zoe (whose [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Biographical · Crime/Noir · Drama · Review

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)

August 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

Cinema lost one of its giants this week. On Monday evening, I was reading in Sight & Sound about the London screening of a restored version of The Seventh Seal when I found my mind wandering about the 89-year-old director’s inevitable death, and what would happen in response. (Would there be retrospectives? Would there be [...]

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Tags: Director · Site News

Saraband (2005)

August 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

A Bergman Romance Revisited
Three Decades Later, Saraband Picks Up Where Scenes From A Marriage Left Off
[originally published in TENbyTENmagazine, Sept 2004]
Don’t try this at home: Johan comes home from work, crawls into bed, and announces to his faithful but unhappy wife, Marianne, that he’ll be leaving for Paris in the morning to live with his [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama · Foreign Language · Review · Romance