Archives for the month of: May, 2013

French actress Sandrine Bonnaire’s documentary about the precipitous decline of her sister’s mental and physical state after spending five years in a psychiatric hospital before being diagnosed primarily with autism.

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Both devastating and hopeful, the film spends most of its time with Sabine, the sister, in her new life at a group home as she struggles to regain what she had lost. We also see the toll that attempting (and failing) to care for her has wrought on Read the rest of this entry »

Beloved/Les bien-aimés: I think I hated this movie. How is this possible? Catherine Deneuve, her daughter Chiara Mastroianni, director Milos Forman (!), French singing star Michel Delpech, and Paul Schneider from Parks & Rec (¡?¡) in a motherfucking musical!

The cast of Beloved assembles with director Christophe Honoré at Cannes. But behold: there is only room for Catherine Deneuve on the red carpet when Catherine Deneuve is on the red carpet.

Come on. You can have quintuple the size of the cast and there’s still only room for Deneuve on the red carpet.

Yes, but a meandering musical with an even more meandering score by Alex Beaupain, whom I enjoy on his solo records, but less so in his collaborations with Honoré, and I like this less than their last work, Love Songs, which I was already conflicted about. The script here tries hard for the personal within the epic, looping from sixties Paris (one of several nods to Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), to Czechoslovakia for the Russian invasion, back to Paris for some millennial ansgt, then off to Montreal for an Read the rest of this entry »

Alex Rivera’s 2008 sci-fi semi-allegorical story of U.S. imperialism in Mexico.

Near future scenario: Drones control dams – and the people dependent on them – in rural Oaxaca. A technophile, Memo (dewey-eyed Luis Fernando Peña), inadvertently draws the attention of U.S. monitors with disastrous consequences for is family, and he ends up drifting to Tijuana, a center for installing and connecting “nodes,” ports in human bodies that allow Mexicans to provide cut-rate manual labor in the U.S. without crossing the border by plugging into a system corporeally and doing traditional immigrant work like construction – but in a once-removed capacity, controlling robots through the nodes network, a new means of economic imperialism in the information age.

Instead of migrant farm workers in strawberry fields or undocumented immigrants doing construction on rooftops, Mexican workers cross the border virtually, supplying cheap labor without physical – or political – presence.

Leonor Varela plays a character Memo meets in Tijuana who uploads her memories and sells them to private buyers. The commodity of tech voyeurism has jumped from live online sex chats to invasion of the subconscious. The buyer maintains complete anonymity while the seller’s secrets are laid bare for cheap picking, a phenomenon exploited to fullest potential when memories Read the rest of this entry »

The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971): Does anyone do drive-in trash as well as AIP?

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I’ll start with the cast. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter streaming! I have not kept up with the monthly log, and anything not streamed has sadly streamed away from my immediately available memory.

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Cosmos: This was part of my winter crash-course in cosmology. I watched loads of videos, seriously, shocking loads, from multiple series, but this, the mother and master of them all, still ranks as the best. I barely remembered it from the original run Read the rest of this entry »