Opening in Chicago, 01/06


The Conquest (trailer)
Director: Xavier Durringer
Personal Interest Factor: 5
French film that the poster blurb describes as “a vivid re-imagining of … Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power and the simultaneous unraveling of his marriage.” Dear god, that sounds awful.
Metacritic: 62

In the Land of Blood and Honey (trailer)
Director: Angelina Jolie
Personal Interest Factor: 6
I’ll probably see this, but the mediocre reviews have made it a low priority. Jolie directs a movie about the Bosnian War, which seems incongruous even when keeping Jolie’s record of humanitarian work in mind. I know I’ve seen the trailer at least once or twice but I don’t remember anything from it, and at any rate a movie from an American filmmaker told from a Bosnian perspective seems like a problematic enterprise. I dunno.
Metacritic: 55

Pariah (trailer)
Director: Dee Rees
Personal Interest Factor: 8
I’ve seen the trailer for this too many times to count, and I’m fairly impressed. I’m particularly intrigued that the poetry recited and presumably written by the film’s protagonist is actually pretty good and evocative.
Metacritic: 77

Outrage (trailer)
Director: Takeshi Kitano (Kikujiro, Brother, Dolls, The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi)
Personal Interest Factor: 5
I don’t really have much to say about this. It’s really not my kind of thing and I don’t see any reason to think that this is exceptional enough to go out of my way to see.
Metacritic: 67

Also this week:
The Devil Inside (trailer) – aka Yet Another Exorcism Movie
The First Rasta – Rastafarian doc
Inni (trailer) – Sigur Rós concert film


3 responses »

  1. Outrage is Kitano’s greatest achievement as a director. The tracking shot in the first minutes across the faces of the men standing outside the cars is brilliant.
    That said, it was like a John Carpenter movie. Brilliant camerawork, but a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  2. That said, it was like a John Carpenter movie. Brilliant camerawork, but a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    Thanks … pretty much what I would have expected.

  3. Seems like exorcisms are what the people want–Devil Inside is on track for a 30 million opening. Look for many more exorcism movies to come. How about a TV series: a couple of rogue priests, roaming the world, performing a different exorcism every week. Throw in hot nun for forbidden romance.

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