Maybe the old bit about a prophet not being accepted in his own land could have been upended if the prophets had had decent musical chops.
Side Shots Film Blog
by Phil Hall (reprinted from Film Threat, April 18, 2009)For the serious movie lover, there are few things more depressing than a theatre that is shut down. The rise of the conglomerate-owned multiplexes in the 1970s helped to speed the decline of many independently owned community theatres, and today many of the smaller venues exist […]
Been thinking about the effects of coffee and saw this Jim Jarmusch clip (from Coffee and Cigarettes) on alternative medicine recently. Good stuff. Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control is out this month. Here’s the trailer:
The Grand Inquisitor, from Underground Film: “A film by Eddie Muller. Legendary blacklisted Hollywood actress Marsha Hunt makes a stunning return to the screen in this haunting short film that writer-director Eddie Muller describes as ‘a noir fairy tale,’ based on actual events. A young woman (Leah Dashe) discovers a cache of used books she […]
Long banned or heavily edited, this legendary transgressive short masterpiece is finally available in the States in its complete form. As the only film directed by poet, playwright, novelist, criminal and Saint Jean Genet, it naturally is saturated with images and emotions even his own overheated writing could rarely evoke. Un Chant D’Amour, first released […]
Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One, a French thriller based on a bestselling American novel by Harlan Coben, is out on DVD this week.
This 1990 film borrows much from the NYC underground of the ’80s, but holds back from delivering more than cut-out characters expressing tentative emotions.
Thankfully, unlike those simpler films of lesser quality, many dynamics to Brokeback are still unchartered.
Based on a 2002 memoir by producer Art Linson (Fight Club, Into The Wild), What Just Happened? continues the line of self-obsessed Hollywood vehicles like The Player and Entourage, wherein the evils and shallowness of the business are brutally explored but nevertheless celebrated. Here, director Barry Levinson manages to get a good performance from Robert […]
One of the more odd theories to come out of recent speculation into multiple universes is the idea that there may be enough dimensions so that, somewhere, everything happens:You took a left instead of a right, you became a famous novelist, you bought the good car instead of the shitty one, etc. That would take […]
You might not think that there would be much information available about a performance artist whose entire catalog of work lasts about 40 minutes, and who vanished at sea. This release will dispel that notion. Here is Always Somewhere Else is not only a moving tribute of artist Bas Jan Ader, but a celebration of […]
Harry Langdon will be forever stuck in fourth place in the canon of silent film comics, always trailing Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. Still, he endures.
Sideshow Still Alive takes two paths to what it hopes is the same story.