For American moviegoers it’s a thoroughly uncomfortable experience (not that it’s particularly comfortable for anyone else — the movie is brutal, bloody and terrifying).
But "28 Weeks Later" winds up suggesting that the self-hatred we are tempted to by our current de graded state is a moral copout, a way of ignoring the basic truth that no one who has ever hated his country has changed it.
It’s a great read, one we’d rather direct you to than sum up. On a vaguely similar topic, Rob Nelson at the Village Voice, on the topic of the Museum of the Moving Image’s horror retrospective, writes:
A quarter-century later, my adult defense of the genre is that horror is cinema in extremis: the point at which the notion of "entertainment" is called most compellingly into question, the mode that most fully collapses the barrier between screen and spectator, all but demanding not only a visceral response, but a theoretical or philosophical one. Great horrorâ€”Tobe Hooper‘s Chain Saw (1974), Wes Craven‘s The Last House on the Left (1972), Zombie‘s The Devil’s Rejects (2005), and, yes, Hostel (all of which are in the MoMI series)â€”goes further still to challenge the tenets of the society that spawned it. Globalizing the genre, Hostel, named for a Slovakian tourist trap, enhanced its resonance by grossing big worldwideâ€”even in Slovakia, where, Roth says, "our" fear of "their" loathing plays for shits and giggles.
Philip Kennicott at the Washington Post dedicates a sizable amount of space to Chinese doc "Please Vote for Me," which follows a third-grade campaign for class monitor in Wuhan and which is making its North American premiere at Silverdocs.
At indieWIRE, Anthony Kaufman checks in on the Romanian cinematic revolution.
"[A Beijing News] report said the cuts make the film difficult to follow. ‘The sudden debut of the captain confused the audience at the Beijing screening,’ the report said." Insert your own snide comment about the uncut version’s comprehensibility here: __________
+ This movie challenges what it means to be an American (Star-Ledger)
+ The Zeitgeist Made ‘Em Do It (Village Voice)
+ Of Tykes and Tyrants: Elementary Democracy (Washington Post)
+ Romania’s Cinematic Revolution: Struggling Against the Past (indieWIRE)
+ Japanese comic titans double the laughs (Japan Times)
+ China censors ‘cut’ Pirates film (BBC)