Author Archive: rosenblum.paul

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| October 14, 2006

After a two-film hiatus in which he explored damaged boys, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar returns to his preferred collective of resilient, strong-willed females struggling with (but never surrendering to) hardship and heartache. He may idealize, slightly, the community of mutually supporting women (although their affection is casually spiked with impatience and, at times, a reluctant […]

Quinceañera

Quinceañera

| October 14, 2006

Possessed of more heart than budget, and fatally cast with a few too many clumsy non-actors, this is nevertheless a pleasant, flavourful representation of the neighbourhood in L.A. known as Echo Park. Despite cruddy visuals, the filmmakers create a vibrant, vivid portrait of a Mexican immigrant working class. As 14-year-old Magdalena prepares for her rite-of-passage […]

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Lemming

Lemming

| August 6, 2006

In the opening scene of Dominik Moll’s unnerving new marital thriller, the male protagonist (an inventor of hotshot domestic technology played by a tense Laurent Lucas) is demonstrating a revolutionary mobile camera that can detect slight irregularities in household order, triggering a distress call via phone to alert an absent homeowner to possible crises. Yet […]

The American Dream Ain’t ’28 Days’ and This Film Ain’t fer the Kiddies

The American Dream Ain’t ’28 Days’ and This Film Ain’t fer the Kiddies

| June 14, 2000

I rarely go to a movie theatre at night, especially on a Saturday night, although recently I made the exception to see to the new Sandra Bullock movie 28 Days with a friend. Although I don’t drink or do drugs, I was curious about this film. I wondered if I was supposed to go drunk […]

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