Thursday, August 23, 2012
The thing everyone says is that Zobel "implicates" the viewer. This is only half true. He would certainly like to implicate the viewer but he doesn't really know how. He gives us no choice but to watch passively what goes on, so, yeah, in that sense we're implicated, but he also lets us off the hook (not in the sense that we're not subjected to much unpleasantness though) by placing us in a superior position to everyone on screen. It's a bad faith manipulation that makes nonsense of any constructive purpose Zobel might imagine he's attempting.
So, yeah, I didn't like the movie for reasons stated above - and below in my review. But, in other, better news, there's also Premium Rush. Also, I tried my hand at another music review.
Premium Rush (Slant)
Why Stop Now (Slant)
Somewhere Between (Indiewire)
Henry Threadgill & Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (In Review Online)
Friday, August 10, 2012
The tween-oriented franchise Diary of a Wimpy Kid unveiled its latest hotly anticipated entry and I was on hand to report. But there was more to the last cinematic fortnight than Dog Days. Of special interest is the low-key doc Drought, a portrait of a communal Mexican village and the parched landscape and arid conditions that define its existence.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Slant)
The Babymakers (Slant)
Dreams of a Life (Slant)Drought (Slant)
It is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (Village Voice)
Supercapitalist (Time Out New York)
You've Been Trumped (Indiewire)