At the BBC, Ray Furlong reports that "Into Great Silence" (the more delicious "Die Grosse Stille" in German) a near-wordless three-hour documentary about the extremely ascetic lives of Carthusian monks in the Alps, has become an unexpected hit in Germany.
Bujalski is the poet laureate of post-grad bobos from Brooklyn to Portland and every Urban Outfitted nabe in between. Like "Funny Ha Ha" (2003), his much-loved debut, "Mutual Appreciation" nails the walk and talk of twentysomething iPeople like nothing else. These movies get so deep in the heads of their shy, vigilant, sweet-natured protagonists that every passive-aggressive blip and conversational tic registers onscreen with beyond-doc authenticity. Bujalski gets his effect by tailor-making roles for friends, keeping plenty of space open for improvisation. But ultimately his talent is as mysterious as Cassavetes’, to whom he is so often compared it’s become a clichÃ©.
We’re now even more interested in and leery of the film, because if "Funny Ha Ha" hit so squirmingly close to home in its depiction of that meandering post-college period in life, we’re a little frightened of seeing Bujalski take on our very own Brooklyn ‘hood.
Alex Beam of the Boston Globe devotes a column to mocking "Brokeback Mountain" and the critical adoration its received, and manages to score some points regarding the media’s generally goggle-eyed and clueless fascination with how the film would play outside of the top five markets (not that we had any clue ourselves).
And in the Japan Times, Mark Schilling comes up with his list of the top ten domestic releases. He’s come up with a list of mainly indies (which makes it less likely that any will ever make it over here) â€” his top pick is Tatsushi Omori‘s "Germanium no Yoru (Whispering of the Gods)."