Friday, May 01, 2009

Whale review at New Turtleneck Films

Well written review of Whale, with descriptions of the major segments of the movie, at New Turtleneck Films. From the review, the intro paragraph:

"I'm not sure how Amir Motlagh is going to feel about me opening an analysis of his first feature whale with a Joe Swanberg quote, as he's expressed some ambivalence, both in public and private, about certain independent filmmakers, Swanberg included, whose films have been grouped together as part of a "movement". I felt opening with that quote was apt, however, because Motlagh's film is full of experimentalism, feels nothing like typical Hollywood (or even independent) movies, and shows a full awareness of the freedom that independence gives low-budget filmmakers: the freedom to eschew traditional plot structure, the freedom to sidestep confrontation and deny pay-offs, the freedom to use both sound and picture expressionistically to arrive at first-person-cinema, camera-stylo."

Read the opening quote & the rest of the review at New Turtleneck Films.

And here's the site for Whale. And the blog for Whale.

- Sujewa


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