Archive for August, 2005

2004

August 21, 2005
Camera Cinema Club
USA
English
97 Minutes

A Character Driven Comedy — THE TALENT GIVEN US.

7.1 Metacritic

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2005

August 18, 2005
PBS – P.O.V.
USA
English

Bob Stern’s daughter tells his story after he takes his own life upon learning he is terminally ill.

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2005

August 17, 2005
Campbell CA — Camera 7
USA
English
89 Minutes

No Nudity. No Violence. Unspeakable Obscenity — THE ARISTOCRATS

7.0 Critical Consensus
7.1 Metacritic

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2005

August 10, 2005
San Jose — Camera 12
USA
English
116 minutes

Everybody Gotta Have A Dream — HUSTLE & FLOW.

6.8 Critical Consensus
6.8 Metacritic

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(THE CELEBRATION)
1998

August 10, 2005
IFC
Denmark / Sweden
Danish / German / English
105 minutes

Every Family Has A Secret — THE CELEBRATION.

At a formal dinner to celebrate a patriarch’s 60th birthday, his eldest son makes a speech claiming that his father [spoiler removed], and drove his twin sister [spoiler removed].

One son is a successful restaurant owner in Paris. The other son is a troubled womanizing, abusive, drunkard. One daughter is a singer and sexual adventurer. The other daughter is dead. All have been profoundly affected by their father, a man who owns and operates a posh hotel. The family and friends are gathered for a celebration in his honor. The eldest stands to deliver a speech, asks his father which slip of paper he should read, and sets about causing the most awkward, painful dinner party in movie history. Every actor is fantastic and this coupled with the Dogma style of filmmaking (natural light, handheld, no overdubbing), make it seem like we’re witnessing an actual family, having an actual dinner. The actors inhabit their roles to the point where I believed that when they end up leaving the party, they will still be their characters. Extremely well done.

*** Halliwells
9.1 Critical Consensus

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(IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE)
2000

February 15, 2001
October 18, 2003
August 4, 2005
DVD
Hong Kong / France / Thailand
Cantonese / Shanghainese / French
98 minutes

In Hong Kong in the early 1960s, a newspaper editor and a secretary form a tentative relationship after they discover that their respective partners are having an affair.

Perhaps the best movie ever about longing. Quiet, polite, frustrating longing. It seems to get better everytime I see it. “We won’t be like them”. Wong Kar Wai is a genius. Go see it. Feel it as you watch. Don’t read about it.

“You’re too polite”
“You notice things if you pay attention”
“I wonder how it started”
“My husband’s name is Chan”
“To be near her would be enough”
“I didn’t expect it to hurt so much”

*** Halliwells
*** Ebert
***^ Berardinelli
8.8 Critical Consensus
8.5 Metacritic

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2002

July 30, 2005
DVD
USA
English
82 minutes

Documentary about Jerry Seinfeld trying out new material after he vowed to never tell his old jokes again following an HBO special. We also follow a guy named Orny Adams who is just about to get his first shot on Letterman. Interesting to watch someone like Seinfeld when he has particularly bad nights on stage. He is nervous and he flubs jokes, just like the rookies do. Dozens of comedians make appearances.

6.3 Critical Consensus
6.2 Metacritic

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Written by Michael W. Cummins