This busy holiday week on IFC News:
Is there anything going on in the world today on a political level that you think may resonate with Dieter’s story?
We should be cautious, because there are an abundance of films that are anti-American or at least question American’s attitude in the world. Strangely enough, this is a film that praises the real qualities of America. In Dieter Dengler, you had the best you can find in America: courage, frontier spirit, loyalty, the joy of life. He’s the quintessential immigrant. He wanted to fly and America gave him wings. As you may know, I live in America, and it’s not for no reason. I like America, even though I see there’s trouble at the moment and turmoil. But in my opinion, America always has a kind of resilience and youthfulness to overcome all these things.
We pair up with Matt Singer to dig through our parents’ attics and come up with suggestions for 70s and 80s toy franchise film adaptations. Of a totally necessary "G.I. Joe" update (not counting the one currently in development): "As for the tone, we’re thinking ‘Armageddon’ with a dash of ‘The Right Stuff’ patriotism and some ‘Stripes’-style comedy from the Shipwreck character â€” is Ryan Reynolds available? We’ve already got the new version of the classic song written; we’re eyeing Linkin Park to record "Yo Joe! (2K7 Remix)."
There’s the "nature vs. nurture" argument, and I was always the nurture guy, that we really are influenced by our surroundings and become the people we are based on those influences. Now that I’m a parent, I don’t think that at all anymore. The day my oldest son was born, I felt like I knew who he was, and I feel like he’s become that person. All I can really do is screw that up. [laughs] It’s very scary that genes have so much to do with who we are â€” that’s a good and bad thing. It’s a stretch of the imagination and a primal fear that your kid is going to be a Joshua and associated with you whether it’s your fault or not, but I think it’s totally possible.
On the other hand, of course, we all hope in our hearts that if we plopped our middlebrow parents or neighbors or hockey-fan pals down in front of the right art film (someone, please, muster a better meta-genre title than this one), they’d see the truthfulness and wisdom and hidden beauty as we do. [Nuri Bilge] Ceylan‘s newest film, "Climates," is a good choice for the experiment â€” it couldn’t be clearer in its essaying the ordinary collapse of a long-term relationship, and yet the film communicates its emotional weather to us in ways that shock us with its secrets.
Matt Singer reviews "Rescue Dawn" ("the added information Dengler provided Herzog before his death might make the fictional ‘Rescue Dawn’ more truthful than the non-fiction ‘Little Dieter Needs to Fly,’ a very Herzogian notion indeed") here and "Joshua" ("one of the most effectively paranoid visions of New York City parenthood, well, ever") here.
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.