Monthly Archives: September 2005

The Last Hangman

The Last Hangman (UK, dir­ector Adrian Shergold): Between 1933 and 1955, Albert Pierrepoint was Britain’s Chief Executioner, respons­ible for more than 600 hangings. Timothy Spall gives a dev­ast­at­ing per­form­ance as a decent man engaged in the lone­li­est of pro­fes­sions. The … Continue read­ing

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Workingman’s Death

Workingman’s Death (Austria/Germany, dir­ector Michael Glawogger): After you see this film, you’ll never com­plain about your job again. Subtitled some­thing like “Five Portraits of Work in the Twenty-First Century,” Glawogger’s doc­u­ment­ary fea­tures some of the most dan­ger­ous, dif­fi­cult, or just … Continue read­ing

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Citizen Dog

Citizen Dog (Thailand, dir­ector Wisit Sasanatieng): I’d heard some buzz around this film, that it was sort of a Thai Amelie. In fact, it’s Amelie cranked up to 11. Which is entirely too much. This film is abso­lutely over­stuffed with … Continue read­ing

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Twelve And Holding

Twelve And Holding (USA, dir­ector Michael Cuesta): Ostensibly about a group of friends, this film tells three sep­ar­ate tales that veer from com­edy to tragedy and back again. I’ll sketch them in the order of most suc­cess­ful to least. Malee … Continue read­ing

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Thumbsucker

Thumbsucker (USA, dir­ector Mike Mills): Another dir­ect­orial debut, this time for Mike Mills, who’s been mak­ing short films and music videos for a num­ber of years. An alto­gether sun­nier film than The Squid And The Whale (see review below), the … Continue read­ing

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