This week on IFC News:
Stephen Saito puts together a list of ten directors whose work on well-known film has been overshadowed by a better-known collaborator, including "The Empire Strikes Back"’s Irvin Kershner and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"’s Henry Selick.
On the podcast, we discuss snubs and surprises amongst this year’s semi-indie Oscar nominees.
Michael Atkinson does "Los Muertos" and "Quiet City." On the latter:
Katz’s aesthetic is, on one hand, Ozu by way of high-def (lots of lovely haiku cutaways to New York City skylines and textures), and on the other, decelerated realism (twentysomethings chatting aimlessly and guardedly). It’s easy to mock in the overview, but Katz has an eye for the in-between moments, and a satisfyingly subtle agenda for his films’ overall arcs.
Dan Persons interviews Nadine Labaki, the Lebanese director and star of "Caramel."
R. Emmet Sweeney sends his first dispatch from Rotterdam:
So far, I’ve seen five of the Tiger contenders, and the most impressive is "Waltz in Starlight,"
directed by noted Japanese still photographer Shingo Wakagi. A
shambling reminiscence about his witty grandfather and the lazy tempo
of their beachside town, "Starlight" nimbly mixes documentary
techniques with fiction to create the impression of a fine-tuned home
movie. Koishi Kim, a veteran manzai performer (a stand-up comic
in his native Japan), plays the acerbic gramps with studied
cantankerousness and glimpses of grace beneath. The others competing
for Tigers are less accomplished, including "Go with Peace Jamil," a head-scratcher that reduces the Sunni-Shiite conflict to shopworn action film clichÃ©s.
Matt Singer has two reviews from Sundance, of "August" and "Sleepwalking."
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.