The Berlin Film Festival has added nine more films to its line-up, including Mike Leigh’s "Happy-Go-Lucky" and Isabel Coixet’s Philip Roth adaptation "Elegy." And yet, nothing continues to draw the heart quite like the promise of Madonna’s directorial debut, whose "Filth and Wisdom" will screen in the "Panorama" avant garde section (!) of the festival, reports Reuters.
Nathan Lee at the Village Voice on Apichatpong Weerasethakul: "Distinguished by their inventive mix of fiction and documentary modes, Apichatpong’s eccentric narratives sparkle with fleeting natural phenomenon, unplanned gestures, happy discoveries."
Travis Emmett devises Jerry Bruckheimer’s laws of science in Esquire. We’re fond of "The Law of Jurisdictional Authority":
Your jurisdictional authority, on a scale of zero to
infinity (with zero being rent-a-cop and infinity being God), is
determined by the equation: JA = 196,935,000 x (a/t). This is
the surface area of the earth in square miles, multiplied by the number
of threatening asteroids in space (a), divided by the time in days (t)
Proof: With a single asteroid set to hit Earth in 18 days, the characters in the movie Armageddon
possess a deity-esque jurisdictional authority of 10.9 million. In
contrast, the Department of Homeland Security faces zero asteroids set
to hit Earth in zero days, nullifying its authority completely.
Ian Buruma at the New York Review of Books muses on Fassbinder’s "Berlin Alexanderplatz" and beyond.
And Sylvester Stallone is taking questions from the fanboy crowd at Ain’t It Cool News again. And yet, no screenings of "Rambo" for critics? Our heart, it is broken.
+ "Heart of Fire" added to Berlin lineup (Reuters)
+ Blissfully His (Village Voice)
+ Jerry Bruckheimer’s Laws of Science (Esquire)
+ The Genius of Berlin (New York Review of Books)
+ Stallone wants to hear more questions from you folks, cuz Heroes don’t die, they just Reload your Questions!!! (AICN)