Caryn James

On DVD: Never Let Me Go, 2010's Most Underappreciated Film

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  • February 1, 2011 2:00 AM
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Months ago, by sheer coincidence, I saw Never Let Me Go and Black Swan at back-to-back screenings – a lot of intensity for one day. (And between Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman the most anorexic-looking double bill ever, but that’s another story.) I left the screening room thinking it would be a great fall movie season and that both films would be in the mix for awards – so I was only half right.

Howl on DVD: We're Not in Franco Overload Yet

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  • January 4, 2011 5:54 AM
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You may think you’re already in James Franco overload, and he hasn’t even hosted the Oscars yet. And here’s a link to what he just told Entertainment Weekly about his plans for directing Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Those ambitious projects might seem a stretch, but watch him as Allen Ginsberg in Howl (just released on DVD) and you’ll see his deep literary instincts at work.

Best New DVD: Agnes Jaoui’s Sly, Comic “Let It Rain”

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  • December 21, 2010 3:00 AM
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The world is full of sophisticated French films that are easy to enjoy and easy to forget; they all blend together. Agnes’ Jaoui’s (Look at Me, The Taste of Others) stand out for characters who look more like real people than Parisian models, and for her smooth combination of warmth and acerbic wit with a dash of cynicism. In Let It Rain, Jaoui herself pays Agathe, a feminist writer who reluctantly agrees to run for local office and less reluctantly agrees to have a documentary made about her, not knowing that the filmmaker, Michel (Jaoui’s co-writer, Jean-Pierre Bacri), is having an affair with Agathe’s married sister.

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