SEDUCED AND ABANDONED:
A documentary about film financing. Director James Toback and Alec Baldwin go to Cannes, pitch a film concept and hobnob with a load of people in love with what they do/themselves. It looks like it might be fun – Hi, Ryan (phwoar) – and I suppose it’s a good thing to draw attention to the creative straitjacket that is Finance, but watching the trailer fresh I couldn’t help but wonder if Christopher Guest had made this. Everyone seems a bit too comic, too contrived and too self-congratulatory, even for movie people. Maybe these mockumentary-like performances make for a tonally interesting documentary (performers performing about performing so they can perform, etc.)? But that’s got to take the edge off any potentially important point being made about the state of the film industry, right? Let us watch and see.
A great looking drama set in newly sovereign Georgia, 1992. National conflict encircles two 14-year-old girls working through adolescence and some heavy socio-familial pressure. Tomas Hassar’s NPR review of In Bloom notes how the film’s “gripping accumulation of strain” recalls Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation. What a nicely modest trailer too – I’m sold a viewing just by that striking blocking toward the end.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON:
I really wanted to see this when it played at London film festival last year. By Hirokazu Kore-eda (I Wish). The critical consensus is that Kore-eda stands as cinema’s principle chronicler of everyday Japanese life; Ozu’s heir. He’s certainly got a knack for tapping that profound and poetic core of the quotidian. IMDb blurb: “Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.” As sensational as that dilemma might sound, I’m sure Like Father, Like Son‘s treatment of it is both delicate and provocative. Recommended in advance.
WALESA – MAN OF HOPE:
Lech Wałęsa (former President of Poland) biopic by the mighty Andrzej Wajda. Rumour has it that Gillette once offered Wałęsa a million dollars to ditch his cookie duster. Wałęsa refused. I don’t know if Wajda’s film depicts this (crossing fingers) but I do like the poster and know that Wajda knows how to make excellent films, particularly ones about the political evolution of his country. This is probably well worth seeing.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:
DAYS OF GRACE:
HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2:
THOR – DARK WORLD:
posted by William Goodey