Archive for October, 2008

“L’Eclisse” – Chris Luedtke

Ah, here she lays: the final chapter in Michelangelo Antonioni’s unofficial “Incomunicability Trilogy.” The name of the trilogy is probably the best one could come up with for it. Incommunicability is exactly the focus in L’Eclisse, even more so than in its previous installments, L’Avventura and La Notte. Before getting into the review, I just [...]

“OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” – A.J. Hakari

From what I’ve viewed, there’s only so much a filmmaker can do with a spy spoof. In everything from Johnny English to Get Smart, the main gag seems to be portraying secret agents as hapless doofuses instead of the usual suave and debonair stereotype. After that, the bag of tricks tends to come up empty [...]

“An Autumn Afternoon” – A.J. Hakari

The ability to make a great film with relatively few ingredients is slowly becoming a lost art form. At the sake of sounding like a cantankerous old man (and at age 23, that’s an achievement), a scant number of modern films actually take the time to stop, smell the roses, and build a fascinating story [...]

“L’Avventura” – Chris Luedtke

Few things are as absorbing to be as humanity. The depth of it is intriguing — the things people do, what they say, rebuttal, response, regret. Everyone is a big stew pot of emotional charge, whether it be comedic, dramatic, sarcastic, spiteful, or loving. L’Avventura is a good example of humanity in the heat of [...]

“Fox and His Friends” – Chris Luedtke

I don’t think I’d be too out of league to say that Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of the more intriguing directors to ever grace this green earth. Fassbinder has gone on to do some of the most interesting films, regardless of whether they are good or not. Satan’s Brew, for example, is actually quite [...]