95 minutes, Colour
Principal Cast: Katrin Cartlidge, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colm Meaney, John Doman, Miranda Stuart-Rhyne, Maryanne Plunkett
|Katrin Cartlidge. That
should be enough, if you've seen her act. Tight lipped,
cool exterior. Fascinating. Unpredictable. The whole film
is spare, quiet, clean. Restrained. No orchestral score,
no car chases. Colm Meaney embodies a strange mix of
menace and apparent compassion. There are questions left
unanswered, nothing is spoon fed. Thank you, I am
Am somewhat unsettled by the way so many films I've seen with female leads are prostitutes. At least that's my impression. A quick scan of the last 25 films doesn't bear out this feeling, but there it is.
Cartlidge speaking American. What a fabulous voice, like the smell of dark coffee.
This was just what I needed this morning.
|Just spoke to a woman in line to see Apt Pupil. She came from San Francisco to attend the Festival. She said that she nodded off a bit during Claire Dolan. A bit flat and minimalist for her. She was debating whether to see Apt Pupil or a Moroccan film at 4:00. While she'd probably prefer to see the other, she didn't think she was up to reading subtitles on this 5-film day. Can't blame her. She said "32nd août" was worth watching. And that all the Irish films she'd seen this fest (3 of them) were good, including "Sweety Barrett" which I think Mom and Scott were only luke-warm on.|
87 minutes, Colour
Principal Cast: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Heino Ferch, Annin Rhode
|Moves like a locomotive.
Or rather, three locomotives. "If you were among the
few who saw 'Wintersleepers', you may have noticed a few
differences," Tykwer said after the film. "This
one's faster." No kidding. Right from the get-go
this moves and moves and doesn't really stop until the
Tykwer were there, dressed in black, and very chatty.
Q: I noticed you wrote
He said the film has been playing for five weeks in Germany, and reached #1 until "Godzilla" came along. "But for a film like this," he said, "it was extraordinary." He expects it to do ten times the business of "Wintersleepers." It's currently out with 400 prints in Germany.
Q: Can you tell us
about the painting in the casino?
Q: How many panes of
glass did you break?
Q: If approached to
make an English-language version, would you?
A general comment from Tykwer about Germany... There's been a slumping feeling in the country in recent years, a sense that no matter how hard you try, nothing changes. But this is starting to change, and "Lola" was in response to this, an expression of action and hope. You have to keep trying. Tykwer said that it was very important to him that the movie ends the way it does, with Lola succeeding.
Q: Did you film any
112 minutes, Colour
Principal Cast: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Bruce Davidson, Elias Koteas, Joshua Jackson, David Schwimmer
|I traded off "Heaven" for this
film just on the basis of timing. "Heaven"
overlapped the Q&A period for Lola. I spoke to a woman in line who
had flown in from San Francisco to attend the fest. Ah --
I've already talked about it.
I'd been looking forward to seeing the next film from Bryan Singer on the strength of "The Usual Suspects". "Apt Pupil" was ok, but not great. It came and went and that's about it. I wonder if its ordinariness is in contrast to "Usual Suspects" or due to it being based on a novella (or short story) by Stephen King. Or because the story plays it safe for the most part.
91 minutes, Colour
Principal Cast: Alison Elliot, Jared Harris, Lois Smith, Christopher Walken
|I had such high hopes for
this, again on the strength of the director's previous
two films: "The Rocking Horse Winner" and
"Nadja." But this was a dim and dismal failure
for me. It was almost worth it to see someone do
an impersonation of Christopher Walken. But not. Harry
liked it better than I did, but he was not thrilled
A couple of pages back, I wrote something about only being able to understand/see yourself using other people as mirrors. It turns out that I dislike irresponsible parents (featured in this film.) It really bothered me.
103 minutes, Colour
Principal Cast: William Baldwin, Anne Parillaud, Lisanne Falk, Graham Greene, Bulle Ogier
Rating: Very unsatisfactory
|Why did I pick this film?
It was dreadful beyond belief! The media was there on
account of William Baldwin's presence. Part was through,
Harry whispered, "Isn't that Anne Parillaud?" I
nodded. "I thought she could act, " he mused.
Before the film, Baldwin tells of how he got involved
with the project, and of a conversation with Ruiz days
before he was to go to Thailand to make a move in five
days. Not five days hence, five days shooting. After this
film, I asked Scott if this film was made in
five days too.
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