FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT

9 SONGS ^ The idea of making a contemporary love story where events just naturally continue into hardcore sex, instead of the usual brief simulated lovemaking followed by a discrete fade-out, remains an intriguing idea, though perhaps not an advisable one…

HARD CANDY ^ Hooking it up on the Internet isn’t a subject that’s foreign to indie film. I’ve seen several of these films, each at varying degrees of success in engulfing the viewer in this new cyberworld of love, but I’ve never seen one so honest and raw and, yes, absolutely terrifying as this…

MATANDO CABOS ^ Beneath the surface, the film looks at a system in Mexico City in which the good are often punished and mean, wealthy people get away with whatever they please. Without the comic spirit, the film could have been dreary realism about a corrupt city damaged by crime and financial disparity…

OLD BOY ^ How come that lately every dull movie is called a meditation on something? There’s no meditation here, and there’s no need for it, as there is no subtext, no psychological depth, no philosophical insight…

STRANGERS WITH CANDY ^ Jerri Blank is everyone’s favorite user, boozer, and loser. Okay, maybe not everyone’s, but for those rabid followers of the cancelled cult television show “Strangers With Candy,” Jerri, as portrayed by the brilliant Amy Sedaris, was like a breath of fresh comedic air, albeit one with a toxic aftertaste…

THREE EXTREMES ^ So here it is, an arena rock type film event for lovers of Asian cinema. Good news is that you won’t have that annoying ringing in your ears the day after…

WHAT IS IT? ^ Like the “masterpieces” of this genre, of which I would include Jodorowsky’s “Holy Mountain” and “Fellini Satyricon”, “What is it?” is nearly impossible to adequately describe, think about, or even review…




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