New Releases: 23rd June

HER:

her-poster“A Spike Jonze love story” about a man who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system that has a female voice and personality.

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EXHIBITION:

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Phenomenal.

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AS I LAY DYING:

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A trying and cynical effort by James Franco. Because he has money, he keeps doing these ‘projects’. They invariably entail the pillaging of texts by – and hagiographies of – ‘fellow’ creatives: Hal Crane (The Broken Tower), Sal Mineo (Sal), River Phoenix (My Own Private River), Leathermen (Interior. Leather Bar.), there are more. In principle I don’t object to this. I can enjoy ripped off work and am open to glaring narcissism. The problem is that Franco isn’t a creative. The aforementioned films are weak, confused and full of pretense. Franco, with all that money in the banko, is a dingleberry. He is a dingleberry hanging from a calculated set of legacies that he has decided will constitute his practice, his ego and his arrogance. Accordingly his narcissism and his work (they’re actually the same thing) are uninteresting because they don’t refer back to anything more than the unexceptional curiosity of a literate and overpaid actor. The same goes for his academic, artworld and writerly endeavours. I’m running the risk of caring too much here and so to the film in hand. As I Lay Dying has Franco take on (he co-adapted the script) William Faulkner’s oft said ‘unfilmable’ novel. The original prose – damp and crinkly, nice – gets mangled; the film is dry, flat and inept.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE:

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posted by William Goodey

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