Another cinema release that really stands out is Hunger. Again, just go see it. Don't think about it, don't go on what you think it's about. It's a remarkable film that, regardless of what you perceive of its subject matter, it demands attention.
I watched a couple of films for the Human Rights Art and Film Festival, but was very sick at the time and regret that I didn't get the opportunity to post reviews of the films (Chicago 10 and The Nothing Men). I'd have liked to have seen a number of films at this festival, and also attend a number of the forums, but time just didn't allow.
While I was sick, my son had his 8th birthday. I took him and a car full of his friends to Luna Park and a Johnnie To film at ACMI. It was a really educational experience, seeing how the different boys related to a G-rated film with sub-titles. Because of my illness, I was unable to write about this subject, but it's on my to-do list. I even interviewed my son on video; if I get the chance, I'll edit that and post it with an article.
The program for the Festival of Jewish Cinema also looked great. I managed just the one, My Father, My Lord, another extraordinary film. It has little dialogue, filmed beautifully with a really moving story about love and loss, parents and children. Top stuff.
A top film of the last three weeks is Gonzo: the Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which has a separate post and is still screening at the Nova. Again, catch it while you can. We seem to be having a wave of unusually good films on theatrical release. With the so-called festive season coming up, there'll be a vacuum of good films real soon.
- Gonzo: the Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Alex Gibney, USA, 2008)
- Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle) (My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument, Arnaud Desplechin, France, 1996)
- Bi shui han shan duo ming jin (The Enigmatic Case, Johnnie To, Hong Kong, 1980)
- Gat sing gung jiu (The Fun, the Luck and the Tycoon, Johnnie To, Hong Kong, 1989)
- O sangue (The Blood, Pedro Costa, Portugal, 1989)
- Juventude em marcha (Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa, Portugal/France/Switzerland, 2006)
- Hunger (Steve McQueen, Ireland/UK, 2008)
- Hofshat Kaits (My Father, My Lord, David Volach, Israel, 2007)
- Casa de lava (Pedro Costa, Portugal/France/Germany, 1995)
- Où gît votre sourire enfoui ? (Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?, Pedro Costa, France/Portugal, 2001)
- Australia (Baz Luhrmann, Australia/USA, 2008)
- Youth Without Youth (Francis Ford Coppola, USA/Germany/Italy/France/Romania, 2007)
- Chicago 10 (Brett Morgen, USA, 2007)
- The Nothing Men (Mark Fitzpatrick, Australia, 2008)