Monthly Archives: September 2004

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (USA, dir­ector Xan Cassavetes): The daugh­ter of the late film­maker John Cassavetes and act­ress Gena Rowlands, Xan (Alexandra) Cassavetes grew up sur­roun­ded by the cul­ture of film. But in her teens, she began to form … Continue read­ing

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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (USA, dir­ector Ken Burns): It may seem hard to believe, but I’ve never seen a Ken Burns film. I’ve always meant to, of course, but watch­ing a multi-part doc­u­ment­ary series is … Continue read­ing

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Bad Education

Bad Education (La Mala Educación) (Spain, dir­ector Pedro Almodóvar): I’m really hav­ing trouble com­ing up with things to say about this film. I’m new to Almodóvar films (Talk to Her was the first one I saw), and maybe I just … Continue read­ing

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Mondovino

Mondovino (USA/France, dir­ector Jonathan Nossiter): Since I work in the wine busi­ness, I had been quite eager to see this doc­u­ment­ary, and I wasn’t dis­ap­poin­ted. Reportedly drawn from over 500 hours of foot­age, the good news is that Nossiter will … Continue read­ing

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Les Choristes

Les Choristes (France/Switzerland, dir­ector Christophe Barratier): Les Choristes is an unabashedly sen­ti­mental film that reminded me very much of Italian films Ciao Professore! and espe­cially Cinema Paradiso. It tells the story of a failed musi­cian named Clement Mathieu who finds … Continue read­ing

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