Must See Movie of the Week

NEDS

NEDS

May 28, 2011 No Comments

by Jolyn Wagner Peter Mullan’s gritty and heartwrenching film begins sweetly with a fresh-faced Scottish schoolboy John McGill graduating middle school filled with dreams and ambition.  John is intelligent, sensitive and wants to write. He  appears at low risk to become a “non educated delinquent-NED” l like his older brother.  His descent into adolescent brutality and doom create a […]

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

May 16, 2011 No Comments

by Jolyn Wagner Comedy is not easy.  Comedy requires all of the elements of drama(originality,depth and daring,emotional truth) and the timing has to  be exact. It reminds me of Ginger Roger’s lament that she had to do everything that Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in heels. Kristin Wiig’s Bridesmaids achieves in heels.  Judd Apatow produced […]

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

May 10, 2011 No Comments

Werner Herzog cordially requests that you don your 3D glasses and join him on transcendent journey 32,000 years away.  This completely unique film offers a filmic access to the Clauvet Cave in Southern France discovered only a decade ago to contain the earliest cave paintings known.  Herzog’s unique style(Grizzly Man, Fitzcaraldo,Little Dieter Needs to Fly) is […]

In a Better World

In a Better World

May 8, 2011 No Comments

by Jolyn Wagner Susanne Bier’s Oscar winning film is actually titled “Haeven” in Danish..sounds like “heaven” but actually means “revenge”  Don’t confuse the two!  This is a complicated film that explores the nature of revenge–bullying actually–whether it plays out between lonely schoolboys or sadistic warlords–a scope that ultimately dimishes the film.   The film unfolds the […]

Certified Copy

Certified Copy

May 1, 2011 No Comments

by Jolyn Wagner When is a certified copy better than the original?  How does anyone distinguish one from the other in art?  In relationships? Abbas Kiarostami’s remarkable film centers around such questions.  Basically a man and a woman who may or may not know (or be married to) each other spend the length of the film […]

Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin

May 1, 2011 No Comments

This week the Detroit Film Theatre is presenting the newly restored print of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic film “The Battleship Potemkin.”   This 1925 masterpiece is a must see for those who have never experienced Potemkin on the big screen and a rare treat for those whose multiple viewings have not included the newly restored shots, intertitles […]

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