Inside Out: Anton Corbijn on film

Inside Out attempts a look at who the man is, truly believing itself as presenting some insight. To a degree, yes, but the documentary is ultimately unfulfilling, choosing just one aspect of his personality to stretch to feature-length. There are interesting nuggets nonetheless, and it is amusing to see Corbijn’s self-portraits, dressed up as various musicians. (read more)


The Island President: [DVD]

The Maldives are known to the rest of the world as an idyllic holiday spot, whereas the everyday reality is growing deadly, and director Jon Shenk does a wonderful job of capturing the islands’ vulnerability via aerial shots that show densely populated areas that appear to go right to the edge of the sea. (read more)


Metropolis; Hawks and Sparrows; Pigsty

In a nice antidote to blockbuster season, there is much food for thought to be had in three of this week’s DVD releases. (I doubt the debate surrounding the Batman shooting will last for long, and besides, despite the usual lazy journalism, that incident bears no relation to the film’s content.)

Projecting the messages that society will devour anything less than strict obedience, the futility of merging ideologies and the prediction of the abject suppression of the proletariat, the timing for the release of these films—Metropolis (1927); Hawks and Sparrows (1966); Pigsty (1969)—is perfect; only the most oblivious amongst us aren’t pondering the direction of humanity in our current society. (read more)


Electrick Children

Serving as first-time for both director/writer Rebecca Thomas and a lead role for Julia Garner (not bad for only her second feature), Electrick Children, while a little predictable, particularly in its conclusion, is a quirky, very watchable little indie. Essentially a coming-of-age road-trip story, it certainly has a great hook: virgin birth by rock ‘n’ roll is going to intrigue most viewers. (read more)


Arirang [Cinema]

Marking Korean director Kim Ki-duk's return to filmmaking, and indeed the world in general, Arirang is an interesting one that will divide opinion. Having self-imposed a punishing, three-year exile after a near-fatal accident in his (read more)