Archive for January, 2009

It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the […]

After some spot-on impressions of political personalities and heavily pregnant rapping this past year, I would bet that not many people doubt Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s comedic talents. In 2008 Poehler became the first SNL cast member to earn an Emmy nomination, and Fey is running out of room on her mantle for all […]

Red concludes the Three Colors trilogy in Switzerland with Valentine, a student and part-time model living in Geneva whose sole contact with her family and her boyfriend is by phone. One night she hits a dog with her car and, not knowing what to do, she takes the wounded animal to its owner, a detached […]

Gray Matters offers a clever twist on the standard love triangle, but writer-director Sue Kramer bungles its execution with poor plotting. Coupled with a miscast lead and pointless secondary characters, the film fails to deliver on the promise of its premise. Gray shares a close, verging on co-dependent relationship with her brother, Sam. They usually […]

And they say goldfish have no memoryI guess their lives are much like mineAnd the little plastic castleIs a surprise every timeAnd it’s hard to say if they’re happyBut they don’t seem much to mind–Ani DiFranco, “Little Plastic Castle” Goldfish Memory is a surprisingly charming little independent film from Ireland that follows many romantic relationships […]

The second film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy, White follows Karol Karol (that’s not a typo), a hairdresser from Poland whose French wife divorces him, seemingly because they have not had sex since their marriage. Without a job or a place to stay, Karol resorts to playing music on his comb in a train […]

I don’t usually write about the crime novels that I read sometimes, but I just finished my first novel by Patricia Cornwell and felt compelled to make a comment. Plus, I’m trying not to be so ashamed of reading novels that are not published by McSweeney’s or usually compared to Pynchon. Unnatural Exposure is one […]

Blue tells a powerful story of grief and loss through the experiences of Julie, a woman whose husband and daughter die in a car crash that she survives. Unable to kill herself, Julie decides to sell her house and all her possessions to move into an anonymous apartment. In Julie’s case, liberty, which is represented […]

Is it just me or have an obscene amount of films about Nazis been released recently? Let’s see, there’s Valkyrie, the Tom Cruise flick about the failed assassination attempt on Hitler. Does anyone else think it was perhaps not the best move PR-wise for Tom to play a Nazi? He doesn’t exactly have the warm […]

Christian Bale (Batman Begins, American Psycho, Little Women, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Gabriel Byrne (Little Women, The Usual Suspects, Smilla’s Sense of Snow) Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down, The Cider House Rules, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) John Cusack (Grosse Point Blank, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Say Anything, High Fidelity) […]