There’s a new issue of Sight & Sound up â€” online are Ian Christie‘s on director Michael Powell‘s semi-fictional memoirs (how Chuck Barris), which are published for the first time in this month’s issue (but not online, alas!); Geoffrey Macnab on the third film in Aleksandr Sokurov‘s WWII tetrology, "The Sun"; Leslie Felperin on doc "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia"; Philip Kemp reviewing "The Night of Truth"; Ryan Gilbey reviewing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; and Brad Stevens taking at look at the Preston Sturges DVD box set.
Also â€” another issue of Firecracker. We haven’t had a chance to explore it all yet, but after a quick glance we’re intrigued by harrylimetheme‘s Ben Slater on "Ring of Fury," "the long lost Singapore kung fu movie. The only one of its kind ever made"; Erika Franklin‘s interview with Robin Shou; Anthony Holden‘s review of "Barefoot Gen," "one of the most devastating and profoundly humanistic films ever animated"; and Leung Wing-Fai‘s review of Tsui Hark’s "Seven Swords."
"Today, critics are so smart-ass about movies that pander to hipness that they worship the form’s hi-tech degradation and crippling banality." The ever-easygoing Armond White is pretty happy about KINO’s "Avant-garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and 30s" DVD.
indieWIRE announces that they’re partnering with Emerging Pictures to make use of their digital projectors to bring a series of films currently without distributors to theaters across the country. Among the films are Shane Meadows‘ highly praised "Dead Man’s Shoes," Brian Poyser‘s "Dear Pillow" and Andrew Wagner‘s "The Talent Given Us."
Mark Caro in the Chicago Tribune reports that "Duma," the Carroll Ballard children’s film that’s been championed by Roger Ebert and Stephanie Zacharek, and whose national release depends on its Chicago performance, had a mediocre opening weekend, averaging $5,800 per screen, about half of what Warner Independent would consider worthy of expanding on the basis of.
Marisa Guthrie in the New York Daily News reports on Kevin Smith‘s first on-screen kiss, which is taking place on the season finale of "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Smith will get to make out with Stacie Mistysyn, who was in the original 80s "Degrassi," of which Smith is a big fan.
If David Manning of the Ridgefield Press doesn’t exist, who’s to say that I do? Maybe I’m just a creation of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Or of the Christian Science Monitor. Sure, these things don’t particularly trouble you; you’re not taking any of this very seriously. But I’m the one who’s supposed to meet someone to see "The Aristocrats" tonight, and not existing is going to put a real crimp in the evening.
+ September 2005 (Sight & Sound)
+ Issue 9 (Firecracker)
+ AVANT-LARD (NY Press)
+ indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: Emerging Pictures and indieWIRE Partner to Bring Undistributed Films To Cities Across The U.S. (indieWIRE)
+ ‘Duma’ opener disappoints (Chicago Tribune)
+ Director gets a dream kiss on ‘Degrassi’ (NY Daily News)
+ The metaphysics of movie criticism (Christian Science Monitor)