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Jonathan Demme - Wednesday 3rd September 2008 at Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy

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Anne Hathaway and Jonathan Demme
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Anne Hathaway and Jonathan Demme
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Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway - Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway Wednesday 3rd September 2008 at Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy

Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway
Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway
Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway
Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway
Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway

Jonathan Demme and Meryl Streep Monday 14th April 2008 35th annual Film Society of Lincoln Center gala tribute to Meryl Streep at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center - arrivals New York City, USA

Jonathan Demme and Meryl Streep

Swimming To Cambodia Review


Essential
With Spalding Gray's recent appearance at the Paramount (in Austin), we have a perfect excuse to revisit his masterwork, the highly-acclaimed Swimming to Cambodia. If you aren't familiar with Gray, he is a singularly unique entertainer--a monologist whose films and live performances consist of his "raving, talking head" behind a desk for 90-plus minutes, and they are always completely enthralling. In Swimming to Cambodia, Gray relates his experiences during the filming of The Killing Fields, a movie in which he had a minor role. Along the way, Gray speaks ostensibly about the malignancy of the early 1970s: Vietnam, the Kent State massacre, and the genocide committed by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, on which Fields is based. However, it is through Gray's subtle parallels with the evils of today--our urban strife, sex parlors, drugs, and deviants--that Gray's message really proves that we have become callused by the past and that our innocence has truly been lost. Laurie Anderson's tribal score and Demme's perfectly-executed direction take us right inside the mind of this eccentric genius. And it's one hell of a visit.

Adaptation Review


Excellent
Wrap your noodle around this one. Real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich; Human Nature) writes a screenplay about screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) writing a screenplay adaptation of a real-life book, The Orchid Thief, written by real-life author Susan Orlean (played in Adaptation by Meryl Streep).

Thus spake Adaptation. Starting out with fake (or real?) behind-the-scenes footage of Malkovich, taking detours to the dawn of life on earth and story mogul Robert McKee's screenwriting class, Darwin's lab, Orlean's book (with Chris Cooper playing the swamp rat/scientist/orchid thief himself), voice-overs, and flashbacks, Adaptation finds inventive convolutions that might make it seem more esoteric than it really is.

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The Truth About Charlie Review


Bad
It's possible to pinpoint the exact scene where the wheels come off director Jonathan Demme's rickety, pointless remake of the 1963 Cary Grant-Audrey Hepburn thriller Charade, where the whole ride comes to a screeching halt. Following an ill-timed hit-and-run accident that eliminates a crucial character, a hubcap actually rolls down the street and stops by Thandie Newton's noggin. Subliminal? I think not.

We may never know the truth about Charlie. Demme fills his European vacation with endless lies fed to us by self-serving criminals. The result circles endlessly around a thin mystery that the director punches up with inspired visual tricks, though logic would have been preferred.

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That Thing You Do! Review


OK
When you're a star as big as Tom Hanks, you can do whatever the hell your heart desires.

Such is the lesson to be taken away from That Thing You Do!, Hanks's screenwriting and directorial debut. And just what is That Thing You Do? Well, if you don't know, you must live in a cave, and a small one at that. The title refers to the one and only hit song of "The Wonders" (get it?). It is a song that is repeated throughout this film... over and over... in full or in part, a total of 11 times. I counted.

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Caged Heat Review


Bad
You may have heard this was a cheeky women's-prison-movie spoof that's really clever.

It's not.

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The Agronomist Review


Excellent
The Agronomist, a documentary from director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), works for the same reason his previous non-fiction cinema (Stop Making Sense, Cousin Bobby) does. He picks an interesting subject, and then steps out of the way. Here he profiles the inimitable voice of Radio Haiti Inter, Jean Dominique.

In 1968, native Haitian Dominique bought Radio Haiti Inter and turned it into the one source of information unfiltered by the government. He broadcast his anti-establishment message in Creole, unprecedented in his country as all other stations catered to the wealthy by speaking French. This demonstrated his mandate to use the station to "serve the people" by being a consistent voice for democracy.

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What's Underground About Marshmallows? Review


Weak
I didn't like it at 40 minutes, and I didn't like it at an hour, either.

What's Underground About Marshmallows is the last half of the performance previously documented in Roy Cohn/Jack Smith -- the Jack Smith part -- only thankfully it has been restored to its start-to-finish narrative format, without any jump cuts that take you out of the monologue and into nonsenseland.

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Miami Blues Review


Very Good
Bizarre black comedy teams Alec Baldwin with Jennifer Jason Leigh in hot Miami. He's a crook that's new to town, she's a hooker with a heart of gold and a brain of coal. Against his promise, Baldwin continues his evil ways, stealing the badge of cop Fred Ward and using it to enhance his crime spree even further. Bloody, sarcastic, and oddly compelling.
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Ricki And The Flash - Drift Away Featurette Trailer

Ricki And The Flash - Drift Away Featurette Trailer

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Ricki And The Flash - Teaser Trailer

Ricki And The Flash - Teaser Trailer

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Rachel Getting Married Movie Review

Rachel Getting Married Movie Review

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Neil Young: Heart of Gold Movie Review

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Adaptation Movie Review

Adaptation Movie Review

Wrap your noodle around this one. Real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich; Human...

The Truth About Charlie Movie Review

The Truth About Charlie Movie Review

It's possible to pinpoint the exact scene where the wheels come off director Jonathan Demme's...

That Thing You Do! Movie Review

That Thing You Do! Movie Review

When you're a star as big as Tom Hanks, you can do whatever the hell...

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