The best part of the new issue of Reverse Shot? The "Get Over It" section, in which the writers take aim at the past year’s critical sacred cows, among them "Brokeback Mountain," Park Chan-wook and "Grizzly Man." We don’t always agree with Reverse Shot‘s often pointy opinions (and we still love "Funny Ha-Ha," despite what Nick Pinkerton says) but lord, it’s nice to come across a dissenting voice. As always, much other stuff to sift through, among them a Neil Jordan symposium that includes an interview with the man, and Chris Wisniewski and Michael Koresky playing point/counterpoint over "Munich."
Also new: Spring 2006’s Cineaste, with Tony Pipolo on Robert Bresson, David Archibald interviewing "Tsotsi" director Gavin Hood, Rahul Hamid on "Lord of War" and "Syriana" ("Both try consciously to avoid the Manichean dualities so common to Hollywood films, and, ironically, both films have been criticized for precisely this reason: the characters are not likable enough, the plots are too complicated, and viewer emotions are not powerfully engaged. These films are damned if they do and damned if they don’t."), and Dan Georgakas reviewing Richard Schickel’s "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
And over at Slant, Ed Gonzalez has posted his collected "Top 10 Project" to date.