We apologize for being so out of commission Ã¢â‚¬â€ we’ve had a lot going on in our non-blog work for the past two weeks, but should be back soon.
This week on IFC News:
Potentially useful as a mediation video, "Five" is hardly just ultra-minimalism for its own sake. As always with Kiarostami, the film is a result of life-vs.-cinema interaction, and an integral factor in the "life" side of the equation is us; how we react, how our expectations are defied, how our minds may roam, in the viewing.
On the podcast, we parse the dubious genre that is the TV series movie.
Matt Singer reviews "Arctic Tale" here: "In the childhood logic of "Arctic Tale," that makes them heroes, even as they do some horrific, ferocious things. This leads to a truly creepy sequence wherein heartwarming music plays while two of the characters eat the third. Bambi’s mom’s got nothing on this stuff." He also reviews "The Sugar Curtain," here.
And Christopher Bonet has the list of what’s new in theaters.