Best of March

Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
The Doom Generation (Greg Araki)
Pump up the Volume (Allan Moyle)
The Most Important Thing Love (Andrjez Zulawski)
The Circle (Jafar Panahi)
JCVD (Mabrouk El Mechri)
Kids (Larry Clark)
The Man with the Golden Arm (Otto Preminger)

4 responses to “Best of March

  1. You’ve had an angsty viewing month (or two, if we factor in “Ghost World”?)!

    I finally watched Romero’s “Diary of the Dead”, per my long-expressed intention to. I’m pleasantly impressed, though I can see room for improvement. Perhaps the final mansion set-piece didn’t quite add up as well as its set-up would lead one to hope (I didn’t understand why they didn’t go to the bathroom and ‘whack’ those two new zombies immediately), and some touches are gratuitous or, er, distasteful.

    Still, I thought the cast held up well and Romero used the verite premise to provide some suspenseful thrills more reminescent of “Dawn of the Dead” than any of its sequels had. The hospital, heroine’s home, and final sequences are pretty tense and, for all the bloodcurdling violence against zombies, it was kind of a relief that no humans got dismembered right before our eyes.

    I’m tempted to blog it, but the day I wrote a post-viewing essay on “Mother of Tears” I fell and sliced my forehead open (twelve stitches) so I’m *still* a little superstitious about that sort of thing, since the two derided sequels are sort of ‘twined’ in my mind. Knock on wood!

    I’ve been so exuberant of late, it’s weird to even watch a horror movie. Harshing the mellow, so to speak, in a non-stoner context.

    Actually, all this Van Sant and stuff makes me think you should fit in another viewing of “Ginger Snaps”, just in case you’re working a theme here!

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