Opening in Chicago, 07/13


A Burning Hot Summer (trailer)
Director: Philippe Garrel (Les baisers de secours, J’entends plus la guitare, Regular Lovers)
Personal Interest Factor: 4
Not really inclined to seek this out; I saw a reissue of J’entends plus la guitare a couple years back, and it was just about the dullest movie I ever saw in my life. From what I understand, Garrel is sort of a cult figure in France, maybe like a French version of Henry Jaglom or perhaps Alan Rudolph or someone like that. But man, was that movie ever dull.
Metacritic: 62

Neil Young Journeys (trailer)
Director: Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense, Storefront Hitchcock, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Neil Young Trunk Show)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
I really enjoyed Neil Young: Heart of Gold several years back, although I missed the Trunk Show film. Anyway, this is another Young concert film, and it’s really hard to believe that it’s not worth the time.
Metacritic: 74

Take This Waltz (trailer)
Director: Sarah Polley (Away from Her)
Personal Interest Factor: 6
Polley’s first film, Away from Her was very good, so I’m inclined to give this one a shot even if nothing about it seems all that noteworthy. Starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen in some kind of complicated romantic tale.
Metacritic: 69

Also this week:
Elena (trailer) – Russian film about devious family machinations
Ice Age: Continental Drift (trailer) – latest in the series
The Obama Effect (trailer) – Charles S. Dutton-directed film about a man’s response to Obama’s election


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  1. Didn’t get around to mentioning it at the time, but I saw ‘Take This Waltz’ a few weeks back. It’s a frustrating film in certain ways and I could understand someone taking a dislike to it, but I was quite impressed by it.

    While it seems on the surface to be conventional indy film territory, Polley is prepared to take risks with dialogue and style and takes it to unusual places. It doesn’t always hit the right notes but at it’s best it’s quite rewarding and a good film to discuss afterwards (my take on the closing 20 minutes or so is probably different to most for example).

    Williams is terrific as always and surprisingly Rogen (someone who I hadn’t really rated as an actor beforehand) is good as her well-meaning but somewhat sappy husband.

    Rating: B

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