This week on IFC News:
That’s something I’m really interested in, this sense of worth and worthlessness. That’s more prevalent today than I’ve ever seen before. People are feeling that, my god, if Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan get this much attention for doing nothing, what am I? How can I be valued? That’s one thing it does, and the other is: "Well, let me have that, too! I want that." People don’t really feel comfortable today; I don’t think people have a sense of what their place is in the world. For a lot of people, the world has become a place with no value on it. That’s a tough thing for any human being to deal with.
Nick Schager picks out some of the recent roles in international productions that have been taken by American celebrities no longer so in-demand on the home front:
Coolio in "China Strike Force" (2000)
"A Lam-Bo-Geeni! It’s Eye-talian!" With those initial lines in Stanley Tong’s 2000 Chinese crime film, Coolio makes a bid for international cinematic superstardom. And fails. Hilariously, and often. Starring as a gangster named Coolio (presumably to keep confusion to a bare minimum) who’s in China for a big drug deal, Coolio delivers plenty of cheesy gangster boasts while seizing every opportunity to engage B-movie staple Mark Dacascos in playfully racist banter.
Michael Atkinson dips into Warner Home Video’s new five-disc film noir set to focus on Nicholas Ray’s superb "They Live by Night" ("moody, subtle and emotional vulnerable, it’s one of the greatest debuts in film history"), then moves on to David Fincher’s "Zodiac."
Matt Singer reviews "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" here ("[director Seth] Gordon has stumbled onto one of the most compelling nonfiction stories I have ever seen, and he has captured it beautifully"); and "Delirious" here.
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.