Film festival programming isn’t, and frankly should never be, an exact science.
Mathieu Amalric’s fourth feature loyally and effectively adapts George Simenon’s heart-dagger of a novel, retaining its scrambled chronology, as well as its carefully scattered evidence, red herrings, turnabouts, and subjective perspectives on a murder that makes the plot go round.
For all of the evident relish Broomfield has for the chase, the bum-rushing of sources, the turning over of rocks, the without-a-net-leaping into hostile environments, he does seem to be motored by real discontent, disbelief, and dismay over whatever bullshit he’s being fed.
The feature film is exceptionally effective at tracing movement and development, at dramatizing and helping us to make self-contained sense of journeys from there to here, then to now, who he was to who he’s become. By contrast, this episode of Louie starts, and stays, in the here and now.
The characters that Noujaim selects for The Square prove to be more than symbolic, or bricks in the wall of the movement—they are major players in it, brainstorming ways of expressing and popularizing their goals simultaneous to the film employing them to do the same.
Marie Losier (The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye) and host Eric Hynes visit the state Capitol in Austin, Texas to talk about portraiture, collage, and the glories of sonic disruption, which Genesis P-Orridge demonstrates across town with her legendary band Psychic TV.
It stands alone as Spielberg’s only courtroom drama, and as thus is preoccupied with concrete matters that none of his other films are, in terms both historical (that history is a reflection of a given era’s social institutions) and philosophical (that natural law needs to supersede that of the land and government).
The inimitable Terence Davies has an animated chat about time and memory, T.S. Eliot and Alec Guinness, the terror of being alive and the special magic of American musicals on the occasion of the U.S. release of his latest film, The Deep Blue Sea.
Icelandic comedian and current mayor of Reykjavik Jón Gnarr (Gnarr, now available on VOD) talks to host Eric Hynes (and a few random New Yorkers) about taking his job seriously, becoming a target rather than an assassin of derision, and why Rudy Giuliani was full of crap.