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Limitless – Starring Bradley Cooper, with Robert De Niro

Posted by the editors on Friday, 2 December 2011

Limitless (2011)(DVD)    Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist (2006)), starring Bradley Cooper (The Hangover (2009), The Hangover Part II (2011))Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro (The King of Comedy (1983), Cape Fear (1991), Analyze This (1999), What Just Happened (2008) and, of course, many others), based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.  On the surface, Limitless, a thriller, can, perhaps, be summed up as:  Presuming humans use only 20% of their over-sized brains, if you came across a biochemical means (that’s a drug to you and me, pseudo-nootropics to those in the know) to use all of that brain’s capacity, what would you do?  Of course, you’d use it to make lots and lots of money very fast, seduce sexy partners, buy new clothes and a new apartment, order food in the appropriate language when you go to restaurants (Chinese is a Chinese restaurant, Italian in an Italian restaurant, and so on) and become, in the end, an above-the-law politician.  Right?  In fact, Limitless is a concatenation of music videos and televisual advertising sequences in the guise of a thriller with a rhythm for those who, like the protagonist’s ex-wife, are unable to concentrate for more than 10 minutes (though the film reduces that to roughly 10 seconds).  There is, also, an awful lot that qualifies as routine: Russian gangsters, Wall Street greed and maneuvering.   This is not to say it isn’t amusing; like a 10 second ad that, well, lasts one hour and 45 minutes.  Obviously someone thinks, or thought, that Bradley Cooper has impressive charisma and an extraordinarily broad range.  Let’s say that he’s not terrible (he is a comic and TV presence in the US, after all).  However, that Abbie Cornish would get second billing is surely a testimony to her agent and lawyer, at the very least; she’s hardly in the film, and then when she is, one would have hoped for something better.  Robert De Niro, in his brief moments on screen, shows how it could be done, and even then one gets the distinct impression that his heart’s not only not in it, but that he may be late for lunch.  Nevertheless, one could say, as A.O. Scott of The New York Times said, Limitless is a “cynical fable..for an age of greed and speed.”  Perhaps. (PR)

See our post on the film What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis.

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Weaving Girl (La Tisseuse) (fǎng zhī gū niáng)

Posted by the editors on Monday, 25 April 2011

Weaving Girl (La Tisseuse) (fǎng zhī gū niáng) directed by Wang Quan’an

Weaving Girl (2009) (DVD) Directed by Wang Quan’an (Tuya’s Marriage (2006), Apart Together (2010)), starring Yu Nan and Guo TaoWeaving Girl, the fourth film by award winning director Wang Quan’an, and his last film with actress and former partner Yu Nan, set in the context of industrial economic difficulties, recounts the story of a young, unhappy worker, wife and mother diagnosed with leukemia; a touching portrayal of economic hardship, personal melancholy, confusion and loss. (PR)

Weaving Girl, official site, in Chinese, here, and, in French, here (includes film trailer).
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Posted by the editors on Thursday, 3 March 2011

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Closer, (2004), (DVD), directed by Mike Nichols starring Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve (2001, 2004), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Eat Pray Love (2010) and others), Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), My Blueberry Nights (2007)), Natalie Portman (My Blueberry Nights (2007), Black Swan (2010, for which Portman won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the BAFTA Award for her lead performance), Clive Owen (The Bourne Identity (2002), Children of Men (2006), The Killer Elite (2011, an upcoming action film with Jason Statham and Robert De Niro)).  In this romantic drama loosely based on Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte, Mike Nichols (The Graduate (1967), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), and others) has assembled an articulate group of attractive actors with the end result being, as Kenneth Turran of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully”.  Nevertheless, for their performances in Closer, Clive Owen did win both a BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Natalie Portman, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.  (PR)

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Posted by the editors on Monday, 31 January 2011

Eros, (DVD), 2004, Three short films (about 30 minutes each), one by Michelangelo Antonioni, “The Strange Thread of  Things”, one by Stephen Soderbergh, “Equilibrium” and one by Wong Kar Wai, “The Hand” .  It seems sad that Eros could be, so reliably, heavy-handed.  Nevertheless, there’s a marvelous setting for the Antonioni, the amusing pleasure of Alan Arkin and Robert Downey, Jr. and glimpses of a bath, for the Soderbergh, and the loveliness of Gong Li for the Wong Kar-Wai.  Not all what one may call “eros”, but not terrible, either, I suppose.  Worth seeing, of course, for the pleasure of watching three great directors, and a few very good actors, at work. (PR)

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