The Slamdance lineup is has been announced â€” in addition to previously announced opening night film "Wassup Rockers" from "Kids"‘ Larry Clark, plenty of other promising-looking stuff, including Heidi Van Lier‘s "unromantic comedy" "Monday."
At the Independent, both David Thomson tackles Woody Allen twice (but neither time literally, not matter how much good money we’d pay): the first, on occasion of Allen’s 70th birthday, is a general overview of the filmmaker’s cultural legacy and the shifting tones of his films; the second, and more interesting, deals with "Match Point," which Thomson is all giggly for (or at least, as giggly as one can get for "the most cool, astringent and disturbing film Woody Allen has ever made"):
Such delicate material as this needs precise control, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt the reins in an Allen film so taut. There is a narrative suspense here that he has rarely possessed, or risked. It is so great that "Match Point" is the first film I’ve seen this year that positively requires a sequel (it would not be too hard, the one lead person who dies here could come back as a questioning sibling).
The must-read of the week thus far is Polly Toynbee‘s invective against C.S. Lewis’ "Chronicles of Narnia" that also encompasses the forthcoming film, and, eventually, Christianity (or at least elements of it) and Republicanism:
[H]ere in Narnia is the perfect Republican, muscular Christianity
for America – that warped, distorted neo-fascist strain that thinks
might is proof of right. I once heard the famous preacher Norman
Vincent Peel in New York expound a sermon that reassured his wealthy
congregation that they were made rich by God because they deserved it.
The godly will reap earthly reward because God is on the side of the
strong. This appears to be CS Lewis’s view, too. In the battle at the
end of the film, visually a great epic treat, the child crusaders are
crowned kings and queens for no particular reason. Intellectually, the
poor do not inherit Lewis’s earth.
And over at Radar, Derek de Koff, in honor of "Transamerica" and "Breakfast on Pluto," chats with a panel of drag queens and transvestite experts (we’re not sure where Joan Rivers fall there) about the many films featuring actors in drag.
+ 12th Annual Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2006 Line-Up (Official site)
+ Atlantic City (2005) (RogerEbert.com)
+ Happy Birthday, Allen Stuart Konigsberg (Independent)
+ Film Studies: Woody Allen’s back – and he’s grown up at last (Independent)
+ ‘Narnia represents everything that is most hateful about religion’ (Guardian)
+ It takes a zombie to speak out (LA Times)
+ Transgender Benders (Radar Online)