MOVIE JOURNAL: J. Hoberman on movies and movie-related things
Archive for the ‘Film’ Category
Frederick Wiseman, now well into his 80s, returned to school a few years ago, “At Berkeley.” For the better part of the Fall 2009 semester (and perhaps into 2010), America’s preeminent documentary filmmaker audited America’s preeminent public university, distilling 250 hours of footage into a four-hour mosaic.
“Newlyweeds,” the unfortunately-titled, unsentimental but comic Bedstuy-set doper romcom, written and directed by Shaka King, got a mixed response at Sundance, a friendlier one at BAM, and deserves to draw some crowds at Film Forum where it’s having its theatrical premiere, September 18 through October 1.
“Shark,” originally called “Caine” and re-released as “Man-Eater,” is the first movie that Samuel Fuller made after the slap in the face that was “The Naked Kiss” effectively terminated his Hollywood career. It was shot in Manzanillo, Mexico during the Summer of Love and returns to us now courtesy of the intrepid catalog scroungers of Olive Films.
Lauded at Sundance, where Variety compared it “a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s,” David Lowry’s second feature, the awkwardly titled “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” aspires to the magic hour quality of the late Hollywood new wave, with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara playing Bob Guthrie and Ruth Muldoon, a good-looking, ultra-twangy pair of romantic outlaws.
Counting down to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (something which, if boyhood memory serves, was televised live, at least in New York) and the Martin Luther King speech which rivals the Gettysburg Address as the most famous in U.S. history, BAMcinématek has an amazing, impressively researched series opening tomorrow, August 13, and continuing through August 28.