by Carl Macki
Director-Writer Jonathan Levine
Occupant Films/Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date -- July 2008
Ben Kingsley is hilarious as Dr. Squires, an addle-pated psychiatrist, one of the key charcters in the dramatic comedy set in
Abu Ghraib Style” Cpl. Charles Granrt is pictured standing,
courtesy: Participant Productions
"Standard Operating Procedure"
Directed by Errol Morris
Participant Productions/Sony Pictures Classics
In current release.
subject of the documentary has been covered in films such as HBO's "'The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," by Rory Kennedy's and last year's OSscar-winning, "Taxi to the Dark Side,"
by Alex Gibney; but nowhere have these events
been examined with such carefullness and precision as
this... If anything, the film errs in its overly zealous re-enactments, and
overwhelms the viewer with details that provoke to the point of despair.
This was the first documentary to be nominated for the Golden Award
at the Berlin Film Festival this year. A side note: Roger Ebert has said, "After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven't found another filmmaker who intrigues me more...Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”
This film is methodically
centered on detailing the events at the Prison.."It may be too intense for
the squeamish, in which case there is the book by Morris and Philip Gourevitch,
a New Yorker writer and Editor of the Paris Review.
Directed by Guy Maddin
Writers Guy Maddin and George Toles
Buffalo Gal Pictures/Maximum Films 80 min
Release Date: July 2008
Darcy Fehr play auteur Maddin in this Maddin-esque -- old style silent film look slightly daft narrative, engaging actors mixed with comedic tragedy -- historical and personal portrait of the filmmaker's hometown.
As Guy Maddin notes, “By wending my way through the very birth places of my personal mythologies,
by attempting to understand the very nature of memory even when it fabricates what turns out
to be an illusory
experiments, the possessive power of my own family, perhaps I can unlock the mysterious
forces which occultly bind many a human heart to the past. Perhaps I can finally define
for myself the true meaning of home and make the shackles which bind me simply fall away.”
How’s that for facing up to one’s demons?!?
“I Served the King of
“The Favor,” by
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