3 items from 2016
Gentrified Agreement: Sachs’ Poignant Examination of a Childhood Friendship
For his sixth feature, Ira Sachs returns to Brooklyn with Little Men, a perceptive study of a friendship made tenuous by the apathetic realities of gentrification. While such a description seems to guarantee a pointed examination of untoward socioeconomic realities, it’s a quietly discerning exercise in human connections agitated by unfortunate circumstances. Built carefully around two newcomers and featuring a seasoned international supporting cast in the adult roles, it’s another wonderful assortment of vibrant, complex lives from the director and his partner/screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias, following collaborations on Keep the Lights On (2012) and Love is Strange (2014). Tender and tragic, it’s an unpretentious portrait of love and friendship tempered by powers beyond its characters’ control, building poignancy as affirming as it is staunchly sorrowful on certain inevitabilities.
Following the death of his grandfather, Jake (Theo Taplitz) is forced to »
- Nicholas Bell
The kids are more than all right in “Everybody’s Fine” — in fact, they’re such goody-goodies that they turn this Chinese remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 travelogue drama into parent porn. Following a retired widower’s journey around China to look up each of his four adult children, the film is elegantly shot and sometimes engaging. However, helmer Zhang Meng trips over himself in an attempt to please senior audiences, offering heartwarming but simplistic closures that hardly ring true. The pic could, however, suit the viewing taste of some Japanese audiences.
Resembling a continental take on “Tokyo Story” starring Marcello Mastroianni, Tornatore’s “Everybody’s Fine” took stock of the disappointments of adulthood, frayed family ties and Italy’s social changes; a same-titled 2009 Hollywood remake was co-written by Tornatore and helmed by Kirk Jones, and starred Robert De Niro. Although the new film’s screenplay (by Liu Ya and »
- Maggie Lee
This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Scott Nye and Aaron West to discuss the March 2016 Criterion Collection line-up, the wacky New Year’s drawing, as well as the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.
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Shownotes Topics Criterion Close-Up joining the network The 2016 Wacky New Year’s Drawing The March 2016 Line-up Chimes at Midnight from Janus Films Recent Hulu, iTunes, Amazon and Fandor additions Tampopo New Phantom Pages (Klimov, Bondarchuk, Lerner, Dovzhenko) Blu-ray only releases upcoming in 2016: Hidden Fortress, City Lights, Tokyo Story. Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond pass away. Episode Links Criterion Close-Up Joins Our Podcast Network! Criterion Close-Up – Episode 22 – A Room with a View Wacky New Years Drawing Hints At The Criterion Collection’s 2016 Line-Up Happy New Year! The March 2016 Criterion Collection line-up On… Paris Belongs to Us »
- Ryan Gallagher
3 items from 2016
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