Picks, Pans, All That – Day Eleven: Sunday, April 13

April 13, 2008 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Golden Ball

This, sadly, is the last full day of screenings, and because repertory cinema never, ever, ever sells out at the PFF, I want to through my light weight behind tonight’s screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a 1920 take on the Robert Louis Stevenson story starring Philly native John Barrymore. The film is notable for not using any makeup or camera tricks to achieve Barrymore’s transformation from nice scientist Hyde to crazed madman Jekyll. Moreover, the film – which no doubt teems in Grand Guignol sets and other eye-popping benefits of the silent era – will be accompanied live by locals Golden Ball (pictured). Go! (9:30pm, Prince Music Theater)

Also: Carlos Saura’s latest strikingly shot musical-and-hoofing extravaganza (after the likes of Blood Wedding and Tango) is Fados (12:15pm, Ritz 5), which takes the titular, centuries-old Portuguese form with plenty of rear projection and other baldly theatrical devices. The Mugger (12:15pm, The Bridge), from Argentina, is an intense, succinct account of an aging thief that suggests what a genre film from Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta, The Child) would look like. I blabber on about both the well-acted psycho/hostage thriller Nothing to Lose (2:30pm, Ritz 5) and the pretty damned hilarious Aussie desert romp Lucky Miles (2:45pm, The Bridge) here. The Italian The Last House in the Woods (5pm, Prince Music Theater) reimagines Texas Chainsaw Massacre as a neo-’giallo, one shot for about a euro and a half. Secrecy (4:45pm, Ritz East) is a chilling look at the uptick in classified government information since 9/11 and was reviewed here. Roy Andersson’s absurdist You the Living (5pm, Ritz 5) is my favorite film of the festival so far; get thee to it. Pennsylvania filmmaker-turned-solider Jeremy Zerechak’s Land of Confusion (7:15pm, International House) is a wry, acutely observed, gallows humor-filled account of his participation in the Iraq Survey Group, which made a futile attempt to locate those pesky WMDs. And the doc Song Sung Blue (7pm, Ritz East) is a perceptive and dedicated doc on a pair of cover singers – he Neil Diamond, she Patsy Cline – and their seriously roller-coaster life that only BEGINS when she loses her leg in a freak car accident.

The Not So Good
Why be so negative this late in the festival? Okay, Storm (9:30pm, Ritz 5) blows.

What We Do Is Secret

And those I haven’t seen (yet) but which possess buzz and/or look promising
What We Do is Secret (2:30pm, Ritz East) gives L.A. punk greats the Germs – specifically doomed frontman Darby Crash – its own biopic. Film Noir (5pm, The Bridge) is an animated, feature-length homage to the moody, fatalistic genre. Omnibus films usually sound better than they wind up being, but who can totally resist Triangle (7:15pm, Ritz East), which combines work from Hong Kong legends Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To. Phawker’s Dan Buskirk raved to me about the Mexican Bad Habits (2:30pm, Ritz East), which features interconnecting stories involving eating disorders and one seriously torrential downpour. And Frank and Cindy (9:15pm, Ritz East) shares with the above-mentioned Song Sung Blue the roller-coaster life of a married musician.


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