Currently Browsing: January 7, 2008

Film Review: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Sundance crowd-pleaser about an unlikely beauty pageant contestant (Abigail Breslin), a beat-up VW van, & the oddballs who climb aboard to support her dream. Altho there are a few improbable moments, most of the journey”s sublime as this contemporary version of the Joad family (from GRAPES OF WRATH) follows the well-worn trajectory west. More on […]

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Film Review: THE LIFE & TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG

Greenberg played for the Detroit Tigers in the 30s, joined the Army pre-Pearl Harbor, then returned to baseball in 1945, hitting innumerable homeruns every year in defiance of his era’s Nazi stereotypes. In this ebullient BioDoc, Greenberg’s forever preserved as a Jewish hero as well as a great American dreamer. (For more, see Jan’s WJD […]

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Film Review: LAUREL CANYON

Laurel Canyon’s an LA neighborhood made famous in the ‘70s by singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. Director/screenwriter Cholodenko takes a woman right out of Mitchell’s lyrics & breathes new life into her. What would her life be like today? McDormand’s fabulous in the lead, & Bale’s a perfect foil as her son. More on LAUREL CANYON.

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