Montreal Film Journal

2006 LOG (3)



(1 Mar) La classe de Madame Lise (2006, Sylvie Groulx) 65
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(1 Mar) Gilmore Girls 2.7-2.8 (2001) [ review ]

(4 Mar) Ultraviolet (2006, Kurt Wimmer) [ review ] 19

(6 Mar) The Libertine (2006, Laurence Dunmore) 21
[ Reviewed for Voir ]


(7 Mar) Lord of War (2005, Andrew Niccol) 66
[ Here's a movie that's mostly entertaining and insightful, if rather derivative - think "Goodfellas" meets "Syriana" meets Ordell Robie's AK-47 speech in "Jackie Brown". And while I like my Nic Cage, his character is kind of a blank and his relationships with model wife Bridget Moynahan, fuck-up brother Jared Leto and ATF nemesis Ethan Hawke aren't very involving. Sorry, Jean Carlo. ]

(8 Mar) Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa) 83
[ Toshiro Mifune is the mother of all badass antiheroes. Sonny Chiba, Clint Eastwood, Uma Thurman... They should all bow down to Sanjuro, bodyguard to whoever can afford his services, loyal to none. Behind the camera, Kurosawa is equally merciless, never wasting a shot, just like Mifune never draws his sword unless it's for a kill! This isn't as epic as "Seven Samurai" or as formally groundbreaking as "Rashomon", but it's still pretty damn great. ]

(9 Mar) Next: A Primer on Urban Painting (2006, Pablo Aravena) 62
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(10 Mar) Gilmore Girls 2.9 (2001) [ review ]


(13 Mar) De ma fenêtre, sans maison... (2006, Maryanne Zéhil)
intentions: great /// execution: not so great
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(14 Mar) V for Vendetta (2006, James McTeigue) [ review ] 90

(16 Mar) La rage de l'ange (2006, Dan Bigras) 68
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(17 Mar) She's the Man (2006, Andy Fickman) [ review ] 71

(17 Mar) V for Vendetta (2006, James McTeigue) [ review ] 90

(17 Mar) L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson) [ review ] 92


*** IRAQ WAR DOUBLE-BILL ***
(18 Mar) Gunner Palace (2004, Michael Tucker) 77
[ Disturbing, shocking, depressing, saddening... A year in Baghdad with young Americans living in a bombed-out palace, risking their lives for shady reasons, "liberating people" who aren't too happy about it, raiding houses and arresting Iraqis for shady reasons... But these guys are also rapping, laughing and reminiscing... Further proof that in spite of what some *cough*jeancarlo*cough* say, documentaries can get at things that just wouldn't have impact if it was fiction. When these soldiers kill or get killed, it's not merely dramatic, these are real lives being ended by this war. ]

(18 Mar) Why We Fight (2006, Eugene Jarecki) 79
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(20 Mar) Omagh (2006, Pete Travis) 81
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(20 Mar) Gilmore Girls 2.10 (2001) [ review ]

(21 Mar) Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2006, Michael Winterbottom) 66
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(23 Mar) Voici l'Homme (2006, Catherine Hébert) 43
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(23 Mar) South Park 10.1 (2006, Trey Parker) 67
[ "I'm gonna make love to your assholes, children!" -Chef? ]

(23 Mar) Six Feet Under 5.1 (2005) [ review ]

(24 Mar) Sisters in Law (2006, Kim Longinotto & Florence Ayisi) 70
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(24 Mar) Six Feet Under 5.2-5.4 (2005) [ review ]

(25 Mar) Six Feet Under 5.5-5.7 (2005) [ review ]

(27 Mar) Ice Age - The Meltdown (2006, Carlos Saldanha) 64
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(27 Mar) Six Feet Under 5.8-5.12 (2005) [ review ]


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, QUENTIN!
(27 Mar) My Best Friend's Birthday (unfinished)
(1987, Quentin Tarantino)
58
[ Part of the Directors Series ]

(28 Mar) Thank You For Smoking (2006, Jason Reitman) 69
[ Reviewed for Voir ]


(28 Mar) Heat Vision and Jack (1999, Ben Stiller) 86
[ This failed TV pilot stars Jack Black as a super intelligent renegade astronaut ("I know EVERYTHING!") and Owen Wilson as the voice of his trusted motorcycle, Heat Vision! Schlocky FX, Tom Jones songs and Ron Silver playing himself add to the goofiness. This is the stuff of legend. ]

(29 Mar) Basic Instinct 2 (2006, Michael Caton-Jones) [ review ] 22

(31 Mar) Marock (2006, Laïla Marrakchi) 74
[ Reviewed for Voir ]



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