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Friday, March 30, 2007

This Weekend at the Movies

posted by on March 30 at 17:10 PM

First, the news: An extra bombed the set of Samira (The Apple) Makhmalbaf’s film Two Legged Horse, currently in production in northern Afghanistan, according to Variety. A horse was killed and several actors were injured. The target appears to have been Makhmalbaf herself. Charles Burnett’s student film Killer of Sheep, set in Watts in the mid-1970s, opens in New York this week; the IFC Blog has a good rundown on the current crop of critical response. Killer of Sheep plays Northwest Film Forum starting June 22, when we’ll all be exhausted from SIFF, so get stoked now. Meanwhile, reports the New York Times, the Federal Trade Commission is about to assess violence aimed at kids in the latest generation of horror and splatter films. And the official trailer for Charles’s very own Zoo is up now at THINKFilm’s website.

Opening today:

Beyond the Gates


Charles Mudede assesses Hollywood’s recent penchant for placing social problem films in Africa. Wondering what “theodicy” means? I looked it up!

OED: The, or a, vindication of the divine attributes, esp. justice and holiness, in respect to the existence of evil; a writing, doctrine, or theory intended to ‘justify the ways of God to men’.

Andrew Wright has some serious respect for The Lookout; and in a web exclusive, he interviews the writer-director Scott Frank.

More web extras: Lindy West loves Meet the Robinsons, especially the mustache. And Megan Seling can’t quite bring herself to review Blades of Glory, but it does prompt her to ponder procreation.

And in On Screen this week: I review the Maine lobster tale Islander, Tom Shortliffe tackles the hipster party guide The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down (coming in 2009: The Boys and Girls Guide to Being Gay), and I talk about Godard’s pet preoccupations in Two or Three Things I Know About Her.

There are tons of fantastic movies tucked away in Film Shorts this week.


Into Great Silence is about the French monks who make Chartreuse, but the movie is more of a full-body immersion in chanting and praying and silence and light and darkness and seasons and Alps. Very worth seeing, if you have 164 minutes to spare. Plus, the awesome (and much shorter) Le chat dans le sac at Northwest Film Forum (next Tuesday and Wednesday), which really deserves its own still.


Plus, the German-produced documentary about one of the first American marines to die in Iraq, The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez (variously known as Guti, Tono, and more) is on at the Grand Illusion. And SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall has Japanese films in the Janus collection, with a new crop of New Wave favorites starting Wednesday.

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