‘THE BICYCLE THIEF’ (1948), ‘TIMECRIMES’ (2007), ‘INCENDIES’ (2010): FILMS BY DE SICA, VIGALONDO & VILLENEUVE

December 31, 2012 Film Reviews

Commenting on modern film, the Russian writer and director Andrei Tarkovsky observed that ‘time becomes the basis of bases in cinema, like sound in music, like colour in painting’.

What better way to ring in the new year than with three films that offer different variations on time: Vittoria De Sica's Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (1948), Nacho Vigalondo's Cronocrimenes (Timecrimes) (2007) and Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (2010).

The scarcity of employment, the paucity of existence and the bitter timing of misfortune in post-war Italy are powerfully rendered in De Sica's

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RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010): A FILM BY JALMARI HELANDER

December 25, 2012 Essays on Film  3 comments

Every year there comes a day when legions of people around the world, adults and children alike, celebrate the miraculous arrival of a singular individual. He is recognised and revered for both his appearance and his works: tall, bearded, long flowing hair, a jovial disposition, fondness and rapport with children and a penchant for miraculous acts of generosity. Yes. I am referring, of course, to Santa Claus: the portly cosmopolite who sojourns across the world on Christmas Eve, frequents family homes and bestows gifts upon deserving children (and, reportedly, a lump of coal for their

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SEASON’S GREETINGS

December 24, 2012 Updates

It has been a little over two months since Projektor was launched into cyberspace.

In that time, I have uploaded essays and reviews of films by an array of directors, including Pedro Almodovar, Larry Charles, Sofia Coppola, Raymond De Felitta, David O. Russell, Henry Selick, Giuseppe Tornatore, Paul Verhoeven, Lars Von Trier, Billy Wilder and Len Wiseman.

I have also had the great fortune of receiving positive and reassuring feedback from numerous individuals who have found something of value in these writings. Warm and sincere thanks to all of you.

Your support for Projektor and all

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TOTAL RECALL (1990 & 2012): FILMS BY PAUL VERHOEVEN AND LEN WISEMAN

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

One fable can generate two contrasting films. We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story on synthetic memories, secret agents and interplanetary wars, was adapted for the screen by Paul Verhoeven in 1990's Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside.

The Dutch auteur amplified the philosophical implications of Dickian Sci-Phi to mind-bending frenzy by situating the drama on Mars and accentuating the plight of its grotesque mutant inhabitants. Fast-forward twenty-two years and American director Len Wiseman (of Underworld

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CITY ISLAND (2009): A FILM BY RAYMOND DE FELITTA

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

Some families are time bombs on the verge of detonation. Take the Rizzos of City Island. Father and patriarch Vince (Andy Garcia) is a tough-talking Corrections Officer who spends his free time covertly pursuing acting classes.

His dissatisfied and jaded wife (Julianna Margulies) is a concerned mother with a niggling nicotine habit. They have two children:  son Vince Jr. (Ezra Miller) is an impudent, smart-ass, adolescent with a fetish for feeding corpulent women fine cuisine; daughter Vivian (Dominik García-Lorido), on the other hand, is a street-smart college student who has turned to

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