Friday, September 28, 2007

Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

"Forty-eight years later, the film has lost none of its energy and continues to resonate with an ever-enlarging audience. Think of it as that guy/gal down the street that everyone knows and loves."

Read my review of Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups) here at The L Magazine online.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 4"

"The real value of this set lies beyond the worth of any individual film (Mystery Street, while fascinating, is uneven and dated) but in the reviving of such obscure curiosities alongside long out-of-print classics such as Nicholas Ray’s debut They Live By Night. Film noir was as much the creation of artists as it was hacks, of youthful innovation (Ray) and experienced craftsmanship (Andre de Toth, director of Crime Wave), and it is befitting that this box-set celebrates the union of such a cinematic myriad."

Read my full review of the "Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 4" DVD box-set here at The Brooklyn Rail online.

"The Last Winter" (2006)

"Fessenden imbues the natural-disaster genre with an ambiguity that neither preaches environmental awareness nor contents itself with the spectacle of nature’s special effects-ridden wrath (unlike Twister, Volcano or any of its late-90s brethren). There’s an ethereal evil akin to J-Horror, a mood that spells disaster without actually spelling it out, leaving much interpretation open to the spectator."

Read my full review of Larry Fessenden's The Last Winter here at The L Magazine online.

"UnAmerican Activities: The Films of Abraham Polonsky"

"The films of Abraham Polonsky are filled with the ambitious and the opportunistic, with double crosses and betrayals, and with capitalist corruption and exploitation. They are the stuff of McCarthy-inspired nightmares, laden with paranoia about the loss of one’s constitutional rights."

Read my full review of "UnAmerican Activities: The Films of Abraham Polonsky" here at The L Magazine online.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

"In The Shadow of the Moon" (2007)

"More than mere historical or scientific record, In the Shadow of the Moon is entrancing — and often exhilarating — as it returns the staid nostalgia of Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 to the level of mythology it deserves (Howard, ironically, helped distribute the film). Above all, it is the space footage itself that is so remarkable and captures, with a Lumiere-like simplicity, the majesty of moving images."

Click here to read my entire review of In The Shadow of the Moon at The L Magazine online.