This week on IFC News:
Aaron Hillis interviews Mitchell Lichtenstein, the director of the infamous "vagina dentata" movie "Teeth":
Has the film had different reactions from men and women?
There are often guys who storm out at some point in the movie, which I
usually find satisfying. We were at a film festival recently, and I
came back for the last 15 minutes. After the dog incident, these two
guys stood up and walked out, saying, "Thanks for that." It was really
funny that they would last that long, and then five minutes before the
end, that was the last straw and they couldn’t take it anymore. Men
react differently to certain parts of the movie more viscerally than
women do, and I’ve heard about men who were disturbed about just how
into the movie their girlfriends were. [laughs]
Michael Atkinson does "Kz" and "Klimt." On the first, an excellent documentary on tourism at the Mauthausen concentration camp:
Bloomstein keeps quiet for most of the film, simply filming the calm, saturnine, hypnotic lecturers (many of them young men with SS grandfathers) as they matter-of-factly regale crowd after crowd of international vacationers with the grueling minutiae of what one calls the "stations of life" of a Mauthausen inmate. We also spy openly at the observers, mostly American high schoolers in their push-up bras, eyeliner and designer wear, who mostly go pale and sometimes grow faint from what they hear. "It’s an attack on your mind," one German adult mumbles over the crematoriums (after we see a serious but kitschy young couple take snapshots of each other by the open ovens), and this is Bloomstein’s real subject â€” the legacy of unempathizable, emaciated humanity the Nazis left behind, impossible to fathom but, as time goes by, more and more appallingly folded in with the other elements of our everyday culture. One might visit Mauthausen to learn about the functioning of evil, but our quotidian comfort and complacency remain unaffected â€” even the showerheads have been stolen as souvenirs.
R. Emmet Sweeney muses on how and why the Bourne trilogy became the action films of choice for cinephiles.
We felt provoked by the close of the Year of Unplanned Pregnancies to put together a list of five films in which women actually go through with abortions, and how their choice is represented in each film.
On the podcast, a discussion of the typical elements of the "Sundance film."
And Matt Singer reviews "Cassandra’s Dream" here ("agreeable, if fairly predictable") and "Teeth" here ("It feels like a missed opportunity. I’d like to call a mulligan on the whole movie. Can we just throw the whole thing out and start again from the beginning?").