I guess I must have been simply naïve when I concluded, after seeing and flipping out over Richard Linklater’s The Newton Boys 14 years ago, that everyone else would like it as much as I did. But frankly, I’m even more bewildered by the critical coolness being shown now in some quarters towards Bernie, a masterpiece which might be regarded as a kind of companion piece to The Newton Boys, only one that runs still deeper and is in some ways even more accessible: another edifying film about locals from a part of East Texas that Linklater obviously knows like the back of his hand and deeply cherishes, and another one that ponders the notion of justifiable or defensible crime without ever deserting a sturdy moral code.
The writing (by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth, whose non-fiction article, which first appeared when The Newton Boys was in post-production, inspired the movie) is so good that the humor can’t be reduced to simple satire; a whole community winds up speaking through the film, and it has a lot to say. In fact, it’s hard to think of many other celebrations of small-town American life that are quite as rich, as warm, and as complexly layered, at least within recent years.… Read more »
IL CINEMA RITROVATO
DVD AWARDS 2012
Jurors: Lorenzo Codelli, Alexander Horwath, Mark
McElhatten, Paolo Mereghetti, Jonathan Rosenbaum
BEST DVD 2011 / 2012
|THE COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS (BFI). An ongoing
series that has recently released the second of its three prefigured
volumes. Jennings was the documentarian who witnessed
British history with a deep and poetic gaze during the 30s
and the 40s.
BEST BLU-RAY 2011 / 2012
A HOLLIS FRAMPTON ODYSSEY (Criterion). Including
early films from1966 to 1969, films from 1966 to 1969,
films from HAPAX LEGOMENA, and selected films from
the unfinished MAGELLAN series.
BEST SPECIAL FEATURES (BONUS)
GODZILLA (Criterion), for its historical contextualization.
MOSES UND ARON (New Yorker Video), especially for
inclusion of the libretto in German and English).
THE DEVILS (BFI), for documentation of the various
controversies surrounding the film.
PROVOKING REALITY: DIE “OBERHAUSENER”(Editions
Filmmuseum München), for a “famous” moment in film history
–- The Oberhausen Manifesto of 1962 –- a presentation of 19
forgotten shorts made by artists who signed this manifesto.
LANDSCAPE OF POSTWAR PERIOD (Korean Film
Archive), for four Korean features (THE WIDOW,
THE FLOWER IN HELL, THE MONEY, A DRIFTING
STORY) by four major directors during a very
troubled era–an era which is analyzed in the
… Read more »