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In interviews, Israeli director Ari Folman eagerly explains that his animated “documentary” Waltz With Bashir isn’t rotoscoped over live-action footage, but a mixture of Flash, cel, and 3D original drawings. His emphasis on technique may be necessary to clarify that he doesn’t have actual archival footage of the battlegrounds he depicts, but it also seems as though he’s trying to set the film apart from Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking Waking Life, which Waltz often resembles, visually and structurally. Like Waking Life (which was computer-rotoscoped over footage Linklater shot), Bashir expands a series of dialogues into dreamy visions, which comment on the elusive nature of consciousness and memory. But unlike Waking Life, Bashir attempts to illustrate real events—and to pin them down and clarify their elusive nature. The film begins with Folman listening to a friend describe a vivid nightmare, which relates in grisly fashion back to his time in the Israeli. »
- Tasha Robinson
In the Silesian mountains there stands a small railway station where trains snake back and forth and where the platforms are sometimes obscured by a fog which conceals all sorts of strange happenings. Nearby is a psychiatric hospital where people snake back and forth along the corridors. Alois Nebel is a man who knows both the station and the hospital very well. Like his father before him, he has spent his whole life on the railways, most recently as a train dispatcher.. He collects train timetables, drinks beer, smokes, and from time to time sees things that nobody else can. Somewhere along the way his mind became clouded by the trains passing through the station and crisscrossing their way through the century. It is in this state that Alois meets the Mute, a stranger who appears as if from nowhere, as if out of the past, and gets involved in »
- Todd Brown
The Korean DVD cosmos has been a tad slow this summer, what with the Olympics and the fact that, well, the market is dead. Still, this Fall season seems to promise not too badly, if the beginning is of any indication. In the coming weeks we’ll be dealing with a pretty decent array of titles, mixing mainstream with arthouse and even some possible surprises.
First we start with the biggest name, Kwak Kyung-Taek (and Ahn Kwon-Tae)’s 눈에는눈 이에는이 (Eye for an Eye), quite a solid actioner with a top notch performance by the great Han Suk-Gyu. Not a great film nor anything which will stand the test of time, but overall an accomplished genre picture, and particularly recommended to fans of the leads. You can read our review here. Much better and a treat for the eyes is Choi Ik-Hwan’s interesting 그녀는 예뻤다 (Life is Cool), Korea »
The age-old fairy tale of Cinderella is updated to New York's modern-day Chinatown in "Year of the Fish."
It was shot on inexpensive live-action video, which was digitally painted in post-production. The result is an unusual, and pleasing, painterly look. (Richard Linklater used a similar process in "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly.")
Teenage Ye Xian (An Nguyen) travels to Chinatown to work in a beauty salon to make money to send back home to her ailing father. Ye Xian quickly discovers that the salon is actually a massage parlor, »
- By V.A. MUSETTO
10 August 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Matthew Cooke is producing for Bert Marcus Prods.
Cooke also is writing and directing a satirical war-on-drugs docu, "How to Make Money Selling Drugs," for Marcus Prods.
Grenier's film, which surfaced on gossip sites when the actor was seen around Los Angeles with interview subject Paris Hilton, explores his relationship with a 14-year-old paparazzo who took his photo. The docu will feature Grenier interviewing actors and commentators -- including Martin Landau, Noam Chomsky and "Daily Show" comedian Lewis Black -- about the culture of fame.
Cooke, who is functioning as a "sounding board" for the director, said "Paparazzi" will interweave the relationship portrait with philosophical interviews in the style of Richard Linklater's "Waking Life." It is being shopped to distributors and might be unveiled as a feature or miniseries.
"Paparazzi" producers Reckless Prods., Cooke, No Dry Spells, J. Loar and Marcus are wrapping their post work as preproduction begins on "Drugs." Cooke plans to present "10 easy steps to making money" from drugs, with subjects ranging from dealers and prison workers to manufacturers of barbed wire and lobbyists for private prisons who argue for tougher drug laws. "A lot of our domestic drug policy has reached a level of absurdity, so a comedy pill makes it all easier to swallow," he said.
The Icm-repped Cooke, who edited and received an Oscar nomination for producing the Lionsgate docu "Deliver Us From Evil," plans to complete his feature directorial debut next year. »
- By Gregg Goldstein
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