Film Movement DVD)/The
Last Time I Saw Paris
and Political: The
Films Of Natalia
B & C/C+/C/B-/C+ Sound: B & C+/C+/C+/B-/C+
Extras: C/D/B-/C-/C+ Films: C+/B/B-/B-/B
is a mix of documentaries, dramas and sometimes, both...
is yet another one of his films with a huge name cast (likely working
for scale to get this film done,) multiple film looks and multiple
aspect ratios. This time, it is the title locale in the 1950s near
where the U.S. Government is doing nuclear testing with people nearby
not knowing how bad it is, the gaudy, flashy side of the decade
barley making it out in the middle of this nowhere and more
developments that may or may not surprise you.
the comedy jumps the shark a bit when some events happen that are not
as realistic and the film loses itself. This has led people to ask
where Anderson is going as a filmmaker and is he running out of
ideas. Maybe? I can point to two things affecting his work now.
One is increasing fragmentation in his narratives that might remind
one of Kubrick, but without being able to hold it together. The
other is that his close collaborator Roman Coppola, an incredibly
talented filmmaker not directing his own films enough, is as much of
an auteur and his ideas and senses might be starting to mix (if not
way, this is worth a look at best and I was more with the
disappointed crowd. Cheers though to the cast for doing this and
getting a version of the 1950s look with interesting accuracy.
cast (as listed in the press release) includes Jason
Hanks, Jeffrey Wright ('Westworld',
No Time To Die), Tilda Swinton (Suspiria remake,
Michael Clayton), Adrien Brody (The Pianist, The Darjeeling Limited),
Bryan Cranston ('Breaking
Trumbo), Edward Norton (Glass Onion, Birdman), Liev Schreiber ('Ray
X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Hope Davis ('Your
Stephen Park (The French Dispatch, 'Fargo'),
Rupert Friend (The Young Victoria, Pride & Prejudice), Maya Hawke
Do Revenge), Steve Carell ('The
Matt Dillon (There's
Something About Mary, The House That Jack Built), Hong Chau (The
Whale, The Menu), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man franchise, The Florida
Project), Margot Robbie (Barbie, Suicide Squad, I, Tonya), Tony
Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Marvel Cinematic Universe's
Spider-Man franchise), Jake Ryan (Moonrise Kingdom, Eighth Grade) and
Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park franchise, Independence Day). Enough
curio power for you?
the disc (per the press release) adds The
Making of Asteroid
Wes Anderson as your guide, take a personal tour behind the scenes of
access into set creation, performer preparation, music rehearsals and
Wes Anderson pulls back the curtain on the creation of Asteroid
City with an intimate look at what goes into building a town in the
middle of a desert and bringing its quirks to life.
Go even further inside Asteroid City as period costumes, classic
cars, and camera tricks combine to create a bustling midway of
carnival rides and lookie-loos anticipating an alien arrival.
and Ranch Hands:
Witness a quiet prayer evolve into a hand-clapping country hoedown
as the film's
fictional band inspires a sudden dance number through their banjo,
bass, and washboard.
Go behind-the-scenes with the stars of Asteroid
Alien (Digital Exclusive):
Designers come up with the concept and Jeff Goldblum suits up in the
costume to create the captivating look and mesmerizing movements of
The Roadrunner (Digital
Get a peek at the planning, puppeteering, and careful camera
positioning that animates an artificial animal with scene-stealing
a documentary that chronicles both a coming-of-age story and the
coming out of sorts for Sherente
Harris, a Rhode Island teen who is
many teens are
looking to create an identity.
is a transgender 17-year-old who is also part of the Narragansett
tribe. The film recounts events during Sherente's
senior year of high school that relate to being transgender, being
Native American, and being a typical teen.
of gender identity are layered with nuance as they relate to cultural
identity, making for an interesting blend of stories. Sherente - as
a Narragansett - believes in the spirit of the man, the spirit of the
woman, and the realm of in-betweenness that exists within the middle
of that spectrum. As a two-spirited person, Sherente still goes by
male pronouns and eschews the idea of surgery, but enjoys elements of
womanhood, such as makeup and dressing for powwows in the traditional
Narragansett female attire.
film predominantly is focused on Sherente's
experiences at home, in the community, and at school. There are
typical teenage stressors to contend with - applying to colleges,
dealing with media and societal pressures to confirm - as well as
cultural stressors. Sherente likes to perform in dance competitions
that the Narragansett tribes hold at their powwows, but - though
presenting as female - is oftentimes discriminated against.
the documentary covers a lot of interesting ideas in a manner that
encourages the viewers to think though these issues for themselves.
While the concepts covered are interesting in theory, in practice,
the events themselves present as banal and a bit boring. Sherente's
own self-confidence and determination to be true to himself without.
film is in English, mostly, with sections in the Narragansett
language. A Film Movement film, it runs for a total of 85 minutes.
about young Sarita (Karen Martinez) quickly figuring out her younger
sister never came home because she was involved with a goofy guy in a
gang, so eventually, she decides to secretly join it to find her. Of
course, it is not going to be easy and that will come with a few
tough twists and turns.
place in Guadamala City and with a touch of documentary style, we
have seen some of this before, even from the female perspective the
screenplay tries out, but this is one of the better such films on the
subject of late. Still, we have seen some of this before, but it is
so naturalistically well done that it is just a bit better than you
might expect. A little of it even stayed with me for a while and the
makers and actors definitely have some talent, so those curious
should give it a look.
include Screen Tests, a feature length audio commentary track by
Director Lerner and Producer Mauricio Escobar and a video chat with
Lerner and actress Karen Martinez.
Last Time I Saw Paris
(1954) is based on an F.
Scott Fitzgerald novel about a couple (Elizabeth Taylor in amazing
form and Van Johnson) going to the title city to help their
relationship and romance, but only having the opposite happen as he
had two sisters (Taylor and Donna Reed) fall for him and then, gets
involved with a more sexy threat (Eva Gabor in full glamour mode,
proving she can outact sister Zsa Zsa anytime and holding her own
against an exceptional cast) though this one-sided madness does not
starts drinking and she finds another man who is more than up to
being his equal. In this case, it is no less than Roger Moore a few
years before hitting international fame with the hit TV series
classic The Saint.
Already, he is more than able to hold his own acting wise and when
it comes to stature and the camera favoring him, a star is born!
film also reflects how things were post-WWII and the screenplay
adaption more than retains those ideas as well, though this is not
documentary and only gets so gritty. Still, MGM knew what they had
in Taylor and she is stunning scene after scene after scene after
scene after scene in one of her best films.
Archive has done as much
justice to the film as it could here and if you have never seen it or
have not seen it for a long time, this is the best time to revisit it
include an Original Theatrical Trailer and the Technicolor Tom &
Jerry cartoon Touche Pussycat.
Of Natalia Almada
are a mix of early documentaries and later narrative works exploring
an alternate history of Mexico, the various assassinations going way
back that have undermined democracy and non-violent self-rule and
the press release, the five feature films are;
| Documentary | 81 min.
An exploration of the unintended and
often dehumanizing consequences of the belief that technological
progress will benefit humanity.
| Narrative | 98 min.
first feature drama follows a solitary lifelong bureaucrat (played by
Adriana Barraza) and her inner world.
| Documentary | 72 min.
Night watchman Martin watches over the
extravagant mausoleums where many of Mexico's
most notorious drug lords lie.
| Documentary | 83 min.
The complicated legacy of Almada's
great-grandfather, General Plutarco Elías Calles;
revolutionary general and one-time President of Mexico.
OTRO LADO (TO THE OTHER SIDE)
| Documentary | 70 min.
A Mexican musician faces a stark choice
between drug trafficking and escaping to the United States.
also counted as a short
film, but still hers, ALL
WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY
| Documentary | 19 min.
A family tragedy leads to an exploration
is talented, goes all the way to show and express what she has to say
and is as good a documentarian as a narrative filmmaker, but also (as
in the short film and Users)
is also very effective as a writerly filmmaker in the European style.
That is on a level few director operate, though more of them could
if they tried, but it fits her, she's
doing it and this set shows that, how and why. It is a remarkable
set, an inarguable discourse, priceless history and even a very
private expression of self and life worth a good, long look.
include a brief on camera interview clip with the Director,
for playback performance. The 1080p digital High Definition image on
City has various aspect ratios like recent Anderson films, it
is fine, some parts are in black and white, others in color and most
in a 1950s color scheme that will remind one of blue skies. It looks
good, but can be soft by design and maybe because the disc just
cannot totally capture the colors, so maybe a 4K release would work.
The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1
lossless mix fares better and
is well recorded and mixed enough to be the default highlight of the
disc save some of the acting. The
included DVD is here
anamorphically enhanced with
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, but the image is really soft and the
sound is not as good, so this is here for convenience only.
X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on
can show the age of the
materials used, restored as
usual by warner to the best of the available elements and despite
that the film was issued in 35mm
dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor prints,
this is a little softer throughout than it ought to be. Otherwise,
color is still impressive. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0
Mono lossless mix
other DVDs are anamorphically
enhanced including 2.35 X 1
framing on Thunder,
and the two Almada dramas (Todo
Lo Demas and Users)
then 1.78 X 1 on Almada's
outright documentaries and shorts. Blanco
is slightly weaker than the rest, but they all look as good as they
ever will in this format, low def digital or higher def reduced for
the format. Blanco
is here in lossy Dolby
Digital 5.1 and lossy
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
soundmixes, while Thunder
and the Almada films are all in 2.0 Dolby Stereo.
Last Time I Saw Paris
Warner Archive Blu-ray,
go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive
Christen Stroh (Thunder) and Nicholas Sheffo