Staff Picks: At the Movies
The Staff Picks shelf is downtown on the first floor. Why not get ready for the long holiday weekend with a few movies?
Here is a sampling of what the Ann Arbor District Library movie loving staff members are currently recommending:
Not Quite Hollywood: “Murder! Mystery! Suspenders! Not Quite Hollywood, by Mark Hartley, has lots of all of them. It's a riot of bad taste and secret histories. A look back at 1970s and early 1980s Ozploitation, films from Down Under that, for a long time, were reviled by the country's movie critics and cultural gatekeepers as literally Down Under: cheap, bawdy, celluloid effluence. Partly, he uses them as a prism for exploring changing social mores in the 1970s, a decade when Australia relaxed its censorship laws and was slowly becoming more liberal.”—Telegraph UK
Le Fils d'Epicer=The Grocer’s Son "This small gem of a film, a surprise hit in France, is the second feature directed by Éric Guirado, who prepared for it by filming portraits of traveling tradesmen in southern and central France. For 18 months he focused on mobile grocers in Corsica, the Pyrenees and the Alps. As the movie affectionately observes the gruff, self-reliant customers, some of whom hobble to the van on canes, it has a documentarylike realism. You grow to respect these hardy, weather-beaten people who lived their whole lives close to the land.” —New York Times
Ben X “An avid computer gamer who can't grasp what it means to live in the real world finds his plans of seeking vengeance on his true-life tormentors complicated by the appearance of a beautiful girl in first-time feature filmmaker Nic Balthazar's topical psychological thriller.” —Flixster.com
L’Iceberg: “I defy you not to gasp at Gordon’s wordless ballet under a white sheet, legs and limbs shooting every which way until the very image of the iceberg rises up from her bed. Not every sight gag works, and there’s a brief stretch in the middle where the action becomes landlocked. But once we’re out to sea the movie goes swimmingly—its three protagonists fighting, flailing, and often on the verge of drowning as their tiny skiff surges toward the land of the Inuit.” —New York Magazine
Crazed Fruit: “How influential was it? If you charted Crazed Fruit's influence alongside its shock value you'd probably find a pretty strong correlation. And in 1956 it was an eyeful indeed. The film opens on two teenaged brothers, Haruji (Masahiko Tsugawa) and Natsuhisa (Yujiro Ishihara), as they create an ungentlemanly disturbance while racing to catch a train. (They do not buy tickets.)” —Filmcritic.com