Sight & Sound‘s October issue features Roman Polanski on the cover (his "Oliver Twist" is, by early accounts, startlingly conventional), though the interview isn’t online. What are online are Andrew Osmond‘s feature on "Howl’s Moving Castle" and Jonathan Romney‘s on Lucile Hadzihalilovic‘s debut film "Innocence" ("like Enid Blyton re-written by Kafka"), as well as Romney‘s review of Ingmar Bergman’s "Saraband," Richard Falcon‘s review of "A History of Violence" ("a fantastically sure-footed film both rooted in and wholly self-conscious about the powerful pleasures audiences take in violent Hollywood thrillers" â€” it’s easily getting the most advance praise of any fall film), and Kim Newman‘s review of "Land of the Dead."
We won’t pretend to have done more than glance over the content of Cinema Scope, Issue 24, but we’re already pleased as punch spiked with grain alcohol that there’s a piece by Scott Foundas on Andrew Bujalski, whose "Funny Ha Ha" we finally had the pleasure/squirming sense of recognition to see this past weekend.
Chosun Ilbo reports that Park Chan-wook’s "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" did manage to walk away from Venice with three unofficial honors: the Young Lion Award, Best Innovative Film Award and Cinema of the Future.
David Gritten at the Telegraph declares Cameron Crowe‘s "Elizabethtown" the "stinker of the festival" ("Think fingernails on blackboards. Crowe’s hero Billy Wilder must be spinning in his grave."), and we’re hearing similar things from Toronto.
And Joal Ryan at E! Online takes on the prickly issue of Sean Penn backlash backlash. Penn oddly and rather awesomely flew down to New Orleans, got a boat, and started rescuing people. Their are varying press reports as to how well this went.
+ October 2005 (Sight & Sound)
+ Issue 24 (Cinema Scope)
+ ‘Lady Vengeance’ Scoops Unofficial Prizes at Venice (Chosun Ilbo)
+ The runaway hit at Venice (Telegraph)
+ Salvaging Sean Penn’s Boat (E! Online)