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As part of the Dunham spawn, Karpovsky is part of the Apatow spawn. As part of the Dunham/Apatow spawn, Karpovsky roots himself firmly in the narcissistic netherworld of Generation Y. If Generation Y is to be measured in entertainment value by Lena Dunham's leavings, then by all likelihood, it never should have existed. At least then, "Girls" would have never happened, and "Tiny Furniture" wouldn't have been spewed on the world in all it's nauseating splendor.
What anyone associated with Dunham can't realize is that- nobody cares. Nobody cares that they make noise. Nobody cares that characters like Karpovsky are in love with themselves. No one cares anything about them. If the Russian meteorite landed smack on top of the whole naval-gazing troupe of "Girls," or the self-loving cast of "Sleepwalk..", the biggest concern of the viewers would be whether there was wine or beer in their fridge.
What about Karpovsky's leavings in these movies makes you wonder or care about any of the characters? This entire genre is the equivalent of the Jehovah's Witness who keeps coming to your door regardless of how many times you send them away- because they're SO CONVINCED that you should love them as much as they love themselves.
Put these idiots away somewhere.
I program a summer film series, and have run into this very problem with WB. "Can you use a DVD?" they ask. Problem is, DVDs routinely look *horrible* when projected on a giant movie screen. Blu-rays are a little better, but have nowhere near the luminosity of at 35mm print, or a well-done DCP.
Bravo, Henry. Well written.
Pauline was wrong about Matthew Modine. He's a terrific actor.
Here's someone worse than Madoff. Read then forward this link to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed: http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/who-is-worse-bernie-madoff-or-rich.html
Love Nic Roeg! And did you see Criterion have finally released Insignificance?
Intriguing review. It definitely spiked my interest, and seeing a documentary in 3D sounds exciting!
Some other attempts to pithily sum up the difference between Hitchcock and Lang:
Hitchcock uses the sea in most of his films, Lang never does (Lang actually talks about this in his interviews on Clash By Night, saying how difficult it was for him to film the ocean)
Lang's films are typified by enormous numbers of insert shots; when Hitchcock shoots objects, they're POV shots
Didn't anyone see Mother and Child with Naomi Watts and Annette Benning....it
was my favorite film of the year.....and better than The Kids are Alright...which I think was condescending, and only interesting to a naive audience.
Shirley Clarke's last film, documentary about Ornette Coleman
video on demand stream
theres a nice site for putting together a movie hopping schedule, http://theatertag.com
As always, D'Agostino gives a rich rendering of the multi-layered work...his perspective is all the more compelling because of his deep knowledge and access to film, literature and Italian and Italian American cultures...a pleasure to read.
Great article henry. I'm gonna look for some of these movies at my local video store!
The original "I, the Jury," a fun pulp peculiarity (in 3-D) from 1953 takes place over Christmas...
I am pleased to see so many mentions of Remember the Night. But isn't someone, anyone, gonna stick up for Bad Santa?
How about Elia Kazan's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"? I think it's rather overlooked and underrated, to the general public at least. It should be on the list of "dark" Christmas tales.
For real obsure stuff which you will never see: "Where are you, Santa Claus?" a short film(drama) from Poland, about a lonely and neglected pre-teen girl looking for the real meaning of Christmas. It might be my favorite Christmas flick, if I had to pick just one. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130827/
Also remember that parts 1 and 3 of Kieslowski's Decalogue are set around Christmas time...
I would never say You Tube is the ideal way to see a movie, but thanks to coming across the wonderful discovery that people have downloaded movies on it, much as you discovered it, I have happily been able to see many films I've always yearned to. Just recently I have seen "The Pumpkin Eater", "Seance on A Wet Afternoon" and "The Whisperers", three films with Best Actress-nominated performances I've always wanted to see, but they are not on dvd in America and I always seem to miss the once-a-year showings (if we're lucky) that TCM allows us. I was supremely grateful for the opportunity it gave me. Many people like me would love to have films presented in beautiful condition on dvd, but we'll take them in any form just so long as they are available to see and not locked in a vault.
Great article! I thing it captures the spirit of the film. I wish you guys much luck and lots of opportunities to make wonderful bad films.
FWIW I've never seen Armond White compliment any film critic other than Armond White, Pauline Kael, and Andrew Sarris.
That said, I like White — not always his weekly writings b/c they're so often riddled with sentences that make little sense and lack clarity, which makes me think his editors, if they exist, are afraid of him — and love his mission. His essays for Criterion DVDs are especially sharp and forceful.
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