Tuesday, May 30, 2006


See Army of Shadows. For reasons: check out Rosenbaum and Hoberman, and what I'm sure is a fine piece by Amy Taubin in Film Comment.

Best film released in the U.S. this year! Who cares if it's not half over yet! I don't!


Blogger Matt said...

I gotta see this thing already.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Matt Singer said...

It was good, borderline very good, but not the best I've seen this year by a long shot (I enjoyed L'Enfant, Inside Man, and Art School Confidential more). The film has a wonderful sense of mood and time and place, and the final hour is pretty much perfect, but whoa boy the first hour and a half are sluggish to the point of boredom.

The finale really makes for a fine payoff, but I must admit to a bit of yawning before it. B-Rad Westcott had the right idea I think.

11:13 PM  
Blogger R. Emmet Sweeney said...

My rebuttal: you liked The Da Vinci Code.

And the slow-burn set-up of AOS is even better than the conclusion. It's just true. The escape from the Nazi office, with the awful buildup of tension and the look of absolute desperation on the nameless prisoner is devastating. And to follow that with the astonishing scene with the barber- redemption coming in an offer of a jacket - this series of almost wordless camararderie in the face of mortal fear is some of the most potent filmmaking I've seen.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Matt Singer said...

My re-rebuttal: meh.

I watched Dazed and Confused tonight. That's a good movie.

2:05 AM  

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