With 7 Days in Havana comes yet another portmanteau project. But if they don't excite the box office, what is their purpose?
Virtually every review I've ever read of an anthology film says something along the lines of "variable", "uneven" or "patchy" – and that seems to go double for the city anthology film, where the subject matter navigates the dinks, dips and cracks on the pavement of urban life. This week's release, 7 Days in Havana, a "contemporary portrait" of Cuba's capital in which Malibu-commercial cliches (Benicio del Toro's opening segment) sit alongside poker-faced pieces of absurdist excellence (Elia Suleiman's), is no exception.
Given the innate quality control issues and how laborious it must be to set up these portmanteau projects, why make them at all? Who exactly do they serve? Money doesn't seem to be the principal reason: they've only done tepid box office in the past. Think of 2006's Paris je t'aime. »
- Phil Hoad
Similar News ItemsThor (2011)
- Latest TV spots for Avengers: Age of Ultron offer up more footage of Ultron and War Machine (From Flickeringmyth. 17 April 2015, 3:44 PM, PDT)
- 'Avengers 2' Featurette Explores Team Dynamics (From MovieWeb. 17 April 2015, 12:48 PM, PDT)
- Superhero Showdown 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron vs Ant-Man vs The Fantastic Four (From Flickeringmyth. 17 April 2015, 12:19 PM, PDT)
- Six British Movies & TV Shows to Get You in the Mood for the General Election (From Flickeringmyth. 18 April 2015, 1:55 AM, PDT)
- ‘War Room’ to Open Geena Davis’ Bentonville Festival, ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Closing (From Variety - Film News. 17 April 2015, 10:02 AM, PDT)
- Cannes 2015 Films Include Jacques Audiard, Natalie Portman & Pixar (From FirstShowing.net. 16 April 2015, 11:31 AM, PDT)
Benicio Del Toro
- Video Interview: Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) (From ioncinema. 17 April 2015, 4:00 PM, PDT)
- George Lucas Thinks Marvel Has Plans For Howard The Duck (From Cinema Blend. 17 April 2015, 3:04 PM, PDT)
- Ryan Gosling Sets Sights on Blade Runner Sequel (From DailyDead. 16 April 2015, 1:51 PM, PDT)