Saturday, June 1, 2013
An ex-con sets out to avenge his brother's death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago.
Standard actioner, but straightforward and efficient and with a surprising twist ending.
Maltin **: "Saguinary revenger...Overpumped oil slick of a movie wallows in homage (clue: check out the assassin's ringtone), and looks as if it were edited with a strobe. Stirring perforances, though, by Chevelle SS, GTO, and Ferrari."
Friday, May 31, 2013
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.
Adaptation of Elfriede Jellinek's novel is a harrowing study of a despicable character, staged in a hieratic style with an amazing central performance, but without any irony supposedly present in the novel.
Halliwell (no star): "A gifted director and actress go astray in this intense, unlovely drama; if it has a point, it is that sex and music make unreasonable demands on those who take them seriously."
Maltin ***1/2: "Magnificent, and decidedly adult study...Huppert has the role of her career as a woman with unusual views on intimacy and sex; costar Magimel matches her intensity. Harrowing and haunting, but not entirely humorless."
[ Nota bene: I really didn't see any humor in it.]
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
According to The Wire: "Alongside Stockhausen's Gesang der Jünglinge and Ligeti's Requiem, Fa:m' Ahniesgwow is revealed as one of the great post Secod World War pieces, only a historical footnote because no one quite knew hot to deal with Helms's demands; the version by Sprechbohrer was five years in the making."