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Berlin 09 Review: In the Electric Mist

A week into the Berlinale and the general critical response ranges from “meh” to bloody awful. I’m more in the so-so camp, having seen a few films that spoke to me in certain ways, but not having seen anything that blows me away. Nothing like The Counterfeiters from 2007 or Hallam Foe from the same year or Offside, from 2006. So far nothing makes me say “Wow!”
Bertrand Tavernier’s In the Electric Mist suffers from a number of maladies which combine to turn a potentially gripping murder cum supernatural thriller into a slightly muddled minor disappointment, albeit one with enough acting, direction and meaty plot to make it an interesting and worthwhile disappointment with much of that let down coming in the form of a rather unsatisfying reveal of the killer.
The film centers around Tommy Lee Jones, who is treading familiar territory as Dave Robicheaux a hard boiled police lieutenant in New Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Jones has a strong moral core, a laconic disposition and a troubled past (this time it’s alcoholism) and Jones could play this role in his sleep but to his credit, Jones rarely phones in a performance and this one is no difference. He’s compelling to watch for the duration.
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Berlin 09 Review: The International

After sixteen years of festival going, you’d think I’d understand about opening night films. In short, they suck. For every Four Weddings and a Funeral, there are about 400 Enemy at the Gates and for every Good Night and Good Luck, there are a few dozen stinkers like this year’s Berlinale opener, The International, directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). The thing is, that’s ok. The German public will likely be charmed by the film’s many Euro locals (included Berlin) and it’s quite possible that the subtitled dialog is better than the original English, although somehow I doubt it. Screen Daily’s Fionnuala Halligan has it right when she writes “the dialogue itself seems to come from Karate Kid.” One of the choice “mal mots” being “Sometimes you have to know which bridge to cross … and which to burn.” Ugh.
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Shakin’ That Ass: Two Dancers @ The Day Watch Party In Berlin

As the Tom Paxton song goes, wasn’t that a party? Hell yes, that was indeed a party. So much so that there’s not a lot of it I remember, what with the flowing Möet and chilled vodka shots. It was for a Russian film screening at Berlin, Day Watch (Fox Searchlight, June), written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov but beyond that, I can’t tell you much. Although there did seem to be a few Russian mafia-looking types around. Then again, I’ve never really seen one, so what do I know? Oh, and then there were the dancers. I figured since I am about to post some stills from the party @ Flickr.com, I might as well put up a little video, too!

Finally! I Am Flickr-Enabled!

flickr_logo_gamma.gif.v1.2.7.gifOk, so I have finally gotten around to switching from Buzznet (they are so ’05) to Flickr and am in the process of posting pix, some with witty bon mots, even! So far, it starts at the indieWIRE anniversary party in late November 2006 up to Berlin, 2007. Keep checking back, as by the end of next week I hope to have a few years worth of pix loaded, most of which have never been in this blog before and many of which include you. Yes, you!
So come on by and check them out and comment, comment, comment!
Even better, join Flickr, put your own pix up and be my friend!
Thanks.

Berlin 07: Angry Fish At The KaDeWe

So I had to take these pix. I was just kinda transfixed by the array of fish on offer at the KaDeWe’s seafood department and these three were so very pissed off. I suppose I would be too, if I were….ugly as sin, dead and on ice in Berlin.
So…fish:

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And the angriest of them all, the Monk Fish:

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Yikes.