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Eugene Weekly : Movies : 10.12.06


This Weeks Movie Reviews:

The Departed Directed by Martin Scorcese. Written by William Monahan. Cinematography, Michael Ballhaus. Music, Howard Shore. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Vera Farmiga. Warner Bros., 2006. R. 149 minutes.

To the faithful, a new Martin Scorcese picture is like the release of a papal encyclical. Raised a Catholic, Scorcese actually contemplated the priesthood, which helps explain his vision of sin and redemption as natural states of a heroic cycle. When Scorcese is in heroic-villain mode — in other words, not After Hours (1985) or Kundun (1997) — his protagonists tend to be isolated and disturbed but with highly personal and unconventional touches that arouse our interest and sympathy. The recent knock against Scorcese isn't that his sociopaths are hard to like. It's that he's embraced conventional filmmaking to depict sociopaths, most notably in Gangs of New York (2002). Read more...


This Film is Not Yet Rated Directed by Kirby Dick. With Allison Anders, David Ansen, Darren Aronofsky, Jamie Babbit, Maria Bello, Atom Egoyan, Mary Harron, Wayne Kramer, Kimberly Peirce, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Michael Tucker, John Waters, Becky Altringer, Cheryl Howell and Lindsey Howell. IFC Films, 2006. Not rated. 97 minutes.

Dark, fascinating topics are nothing new for filmmaker Kirby Dick, whose earlier documentaries include Sick, about sadomasochist Bob Flanagan, and the Oscar-nomiated Twist of Faith, about child abuse by a priest. His newest film, This Film is Not Yet Rated, takes on a group that seems public but is actually deeply secretive and flawed: the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) film ratings board, the self-regulating body of the film industry. Read more...


Another Gay Movie Written by Tim Kaltenecker and Todd Stephens. Directed by Todd Stephens. Cinematography, Carl Bartels. Music, Marty Beller. Starring Jonah Blechman, Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Mitch Morris, Richard Hatch, Darryl Stephens, Ant, Lypsinka, Scott Thompson. TLA Releasing, 2006. Not rated. 93 minutes.

"'Queer as Folk,' eat your fucking heart out!" That quote from Andy (Michael Carbonaro)says pretty much all you need to know about Todd Stephens' Another Gay Movie, except that this candy-colored dreamland comedy is a mix of Heathers (without the angst, though with a nod to the famous croquet mallet-and-balls shot), The Brady Bunch (complete with a father who may not be quite what he seems), David Levithan's breakthrough happy gay book Boy Meets Boy and, well, a few industry-nonstandard porn flicks. Brokeback Mountain this ain't; if the M2M sex in that movie shocked you, best bring a blindfold — and definitely earplugs — to this one. Read more...


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