Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Viewing Journal: 6/23/2010




41) JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
(2010 dir. Ricki Stern,Anne Sundberg) Date Seen: June 23 2010




Joanie makes for one of the more interesting subjects I've seen in a documentary all year. The lady's had a fascinating celebrity life.









40) BLUEBEARD
(2009 dir. Catherine Breillat) Date Seen: June 23 2010




I'm ashamed to admit I haven't seen a lot of Breillat. I've only seen À MA SOEUR (2001) and ANATOMY OF HELL (2004). But based on the few I have seen, I can safely say she's an interesting filmmaker and her films always have a ton of personality and visual strength. Never dull. This one was a little disturbing, in the best possible  way. Also kind of funny. An all together stunning film not to be missed by lovers of world cinema. Usually a 2nd viewing solidifies my feelings about a film, so hopefully I'll do a more in depth post after I've seen it again. Also, Ella Creton is a great young actress. She's got strong screen charisma. I don't know how Breillat finds these actors. I hope to see Ellan in more in the future. Here's a great interview Glenn Kenny did with Catherine at last year's NYFF.

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