Bernard And Doris

I probably could enjoy Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes performing the Manhattan phone directory—which might be almost as edifying as this partly fictionalized HBO movie about Doris Duke, the socialite and philanthropist who died in 1993, and Bernard Lafferty, the gay Irishman who became her butler and best friend. Director Bob Balaban, known mainly as an actor, performed wonders with his features Parents (1989) and The Last Good Time (1994); he’s been directing TV ever since, and he does what he can with Hugh Costello’s arch script. 102 min. (JR)

Published on 31 Jan 2008 in Featured Texts, by admin

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The Profound Desire Of The Gods

One of the best and most ambitious features by Shohei Imamura, this farcical fable (1968), set on a tropical island, probably won

Published on 25 Jan 2008 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Still Life

Please go to http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2008/01/still-life/

Published on 24 Jan 2008 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by admin

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Times And Winds

Turkish filmmaker Reha Erdem has a feel for the light, shade, colors, and textures of a scenic mountain village, which he shoots gracefully in ‘Scope, often following people along various passageways. He also has a leisurely and not always convincing way of dealing with the troubled lives of three village kids, and his taste for pretentious music and portentous section headings suggest he doesn’t always know when to leave well enough alone. This 2006 feature works better in terms of mood than storytelling. In Turkish with subtitles. 110 min. (JR)

Published on 24 Jan 2008 in Featured Texts, by admin

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