Daily Archives: March 11, 2004

Exit To Eden

After giving prostitution the full Disney treatment in Pretty Woman, director Garry Marshall recommends mild doses of sadomasochism and bondage-discipline to the middle-class. As both a liberal project and a light tease, this carries a certain charm, though the star dominatrix here, Dana Delany, is so soft and malleable that one winds up feeling that the movie has backed away from its own agenda. The first and best part has its hero, Paul Mercurio, taking off for a therapeutic island named Eden, something halfway between summer camp and kinky theme park, where wisecracking undercover cops Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Aykroydfurnished with arch and awkward dialogue by Deborah Amelon and Bob Brunnerare trying to track down some central-casting villains (one of them played by the model Iman). Then Delany and Mercurio fly away to Louisiana, and the movie flies away with them. The source material, incidentally, is an Anne Rice novel. (JR) Read more

Ten Monologues From The Lives Of Serial Killers

A Dutch film in English by Ian Kerkhof which sounds like an experimental docudrama on the subject of serial killers, to be shown with a short documentary from the U.S. by George Hickenlooper ( Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse) on the same subject (though only one measly serial killer in this case), Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade. Read more

Student Shorts #1

Six short films by American film studentsEva Ilona Brzeski, Chris Macgowan, Lesllie McCleave, Daven Gee, Mark Yardas, and Debrah LeMattre. Read more

Saul Bass Program

A presentation of the work of graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, perhaps best known for his credit sequences designed for Otto Preminger films, his Oscar-winning short film Why Man Creates, and his s-f feature Phase IV. Bass himself will host the event. Music Box, 7:00) Read more

Star Trek: Generations

After achieving the nadir of the series with the misleadingly named Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) and then offering a second false promise with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1992), the Star Trek brigade return with yet another big-screen adventure (1994). Cast members from the 60s TV series and Star Trek: The Next Generation (including an uncredited Whoopi Goldberg) join captains Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and James T. Kirk (William Shatner) in the 24th century, where we find them pondering their mortality (or their immortality) in separate scenes. A lot of time is spent tweaking and indulging Trekkie nostalgia and recycling favorite motifs (while boring everybody else), so that an Aw, shit! from a robot character is clearly meant to resonate with something like the emotional complexity of Shall We Gather at the River in a John Ford picture, but at least the special effects and outer space vistas are more handsome than usual. Directed by David Carson from a script by Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, and producer Rick Berman. With Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Malcolm McDowell, James Doohan, and Walter Koenig. (JR) Read more

Movie Days

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s Icelandic feature about a boy coming of age during the 60sgrowing up on American movies and TV shows in Reykjavik, then discovering nature and traditional Icelandic culture at a relative’s farm. To be shown with a short film from Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto, Drop. Read more

Love Hurts

Mijke de Jong’s Dutch feature is a love story set in present-day Amsterdam between a woman who lives on a barge and hangs out with musicians, junkies, and illegal aliens, and a small-time lawyer who disapproves of her friends. To be shown with a short film from France, Michel Peterli’s Rue Vavin. Read more

Joe & Marie

Marie is a petty thief, Joe her law-abiding lover; both dream of becoming music stars, and they have to leave their Swiss coastal town after Marie shoots a man during an abortive robbery, hoping to escape to America. A Swiss feature directed by Tania Stocklin. Read more

French Short Subjects

A program of eight short films from France: Didier Flamand’s The Screw, Yvon Marciano’s Emile Muller, Jean-Louis Milesi’s It Happens in Ecuador, Remy Burkel’s Ayrton the Bug, Kram and Plor’s FoudamourThe Promised Moon, Laurence Maynard’s The Mobius Strip, Philippe Robert and Jean-Claude Thibaut’s The Wings of the Shadow, and Vincent Mayrand’s Deus ex machina. Read more

Erotic Tales 1

A 1994 collection of short narrative films by Mani Kaul (The Cloud Door), Ken Russell (The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch), and Susan Seidelman (The Dutch Master), each a little under a half-hour long. The two I’ve seen in this batch are both recommended, especially Kaul’s enchanting, beautiful, and provocative fairy tale. Russell’s characteristically over-the-top sketch, which concerns a vacationing tourist’s crazed erotic imaginings about a woman staying at the same hotela good example of Russell enjoying a healthy laugh at the expense of his own puritanical hysteria. The combined length is 79 min. (JR) Read more