Monday, November 16, 2009

What's newish on DVD

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Real good. A documentary about an 80s metal band that has just never quite made it, but is still trying heart and soul after thirty years. The movie has a similar vibe as The Wrestler: the catharsis of role playing and letting your hair down (literally); the struggle to penetrate an industry and get recognized; fading youth. Is the passion pathetic or admirable? Who’s this artist to judge.

Beauty in Trouble (2006)
No good. The moral of this Czech film is that there are some guys you just want to fuck. Fine. The leading actress is pretty.

Treeless Mountain
Real heartbreaking. A film made by the Korean-American directress So Yong Kim (in Korean) follows two sisters (age sixish and fourish) left by their mother with family members outside the urban center they know. The camera remains essentially at child-height, which along with the many close-ups, points sharply to the psychological effects of a mother-child non-bond. Magical thinking, separation anxiety, and parental narcissism – all over again.

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