Edifyingly, the new season of "Homeland" (Channel 4) had chosen just this time to appear, as if to prove that an international action series can have a plot full of holes and still be 10 times better than "Hunted."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Organic Machine: The world of Hayao Miyazaki
Chute, David. Film Comment 34. 6 (Nov/Dec 1998): 62-65.
The Japanese eco-fantasist Hayao Miyazaki is an animation magiclan, a crowd-pleasing storyteller who is also a builder of worlds. He designs meticulously engineered imaginary aircraft, sets their perfect gears spinning, and propels them over mossgreen rolling landscapes, zipping between the sprung columns of ruined castles. He uses animation in a refreshingly direct and intuitive way, reveling in its capacity to lift things off the ground.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
(Olivier) Megaton’s dazzling style (at its best in "Transporter 3" and "Colombiana") goes back to D.W. Griffith’s use of cross-cutting–basic stuff but Mills’ fight with hooligans while his wife is tortured and his daughter is chased along the rooftops of Istanbul really works. His technique provides a visceral and ethical exercise. When Mills confronts his nemesis (Rade Serbedzija), the call for “Justice!” gets corrected: “You mean revenge!” This essence is like what Costa Gavras’ most complex film explored (1970’s "The Confession" about Communist show trials). Beyond the political and religious surface of seeing Americans under siege, "Taken 2" exposes the politics of vengeance, the rationalizing of immorality. This was also the good theme of Neveldine-Taylor’s brilliant "Ghost Rider 2: The Spirit of Vengeance" (also underrated).