Picks, Pans, All That – Day Five: Monday, April 7

April 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Distracting George C. Scott lookalike Allen Baron

The Good
Catch the rave here for Blast of Silence, Allen Baron’s terrific late-period film noir, made in 1961 for about $20K and featuring a hitman followed around by the single greatest feat of voiceover narration in history. Second-person, people! (5pm, The Bridge) It’s also your last chance to catch Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins’ much-better-than-average earnest post-one night stand Amerindie, with a pair of African Americans chit-chatting around San Francisco following a drunken hook-up. Strong leads, perceptive social analysis and a striking visual gimmick: filmed in B&W, it was colored (very minimally) in post. Do it. (5pm, Ritz East)

The Not So Good
And it’s also the last spin for the super-light East Berlin comedy Mrs. Ratcliffe’s Revolution (4:45pm, Ritz East), the stiff Islamic take on J.C. Superstar Jesus, the Spirit of God (5pm, Ritz 5), the toxically quirky meta-fiction movie Lovely by Surprise (7:15pm, Ritz 5) and the thoroughly incoherent Swedish thriller Storm (9:45pm, Prince Music Theater).

Bogie is Awesome

And those I haven’t seen (yet) but which possess buzz and/or look promising
The second part of the way too short film noir program, Deadline U.S.A., from native Philadelphian Richard Brooks (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In Cold Blood), is a rare out-of-print Humphrey Bogart movie, featuring Bogie as a newspaper editor trying to run stories about the local mob (2:30pm, The Bridge). Autumn Ball is a “quirky dramedy” set around a hotel; more important, it hails from the cinematically underrepresented country of Estonia (2:15pm, Ritz East). Lots of people are raving about Eleven Minutes, the doc covering Project Runway vet (and South Philly resident) Jay McCarroll as he launches his own clothing line (5pm, Prince Music Theater). But an hour long, Afghan Muscles is a reportedly entertaining and insightful doc on the country’s bodybuilding culture (5pm, International House). I.O.U.S.A., from Wordplay documentarian Patrick Creadon, tries to scares the living shit out of you with its look at the skyrocketing national debt (7:15pm, Ritz East). The Red Elvis relates the strange story of Dean Reed, a Pat Boone-ish American crooner who emigrated to East Berlin during the Cold War and became a star (7pm, Ritz East). Finally, there’s The Sun Also Rises, an impossible-to-synopsize mindfuck from Jiang Wen (Devils on the Doorstep) that has next to nothing to do with Ernest Hemingway (9:15pm, Ritz East).


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