Monthly Archives: December 2006

THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS

Isabel Coixet’s sweet, funny, sad, odd little romantic drama is about a Yugoslavian factory worker (Sarah Polley) who volunteers to nurse a temporarily blind oil rig worker (Tim Robbins) back to health after a blindness-causing accident. The two leads are terrific, giving performances which pulse with tragedy and frailty, and Coixet (“Things I Never Told You,” “My Life Without Me”) crafts a wonderful improbable connection between them.

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INLAND EMPIRE

Writer-director David Lynch?s follow-up to 2001?s Mulholland Drive is a phantasmagorical cinematic experiment of the highest order. Again telling a story of an actress in an increasingly cold, alien, warped (read: Lynchian) version of Hollywood, this time Lynch returns to collaborate with Laura Dern (for the first time since 1990?s Wild at Heart) to spin a yarn about ?a woman in trouble? (or so say the trailers and posters). In reality (is there such a thing with Lynch anymore?), this is a powerful piece of digital filmmaking, unspooling over 3 hours to sometimes monotonous, often stunning, occasionally hilarious and, ultimately, brilliant results. It just about breaks the test tubes, but Lynch knows what he?s doing!

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