By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Great Surprises This Weekend
I finally saw Ocean’s Twelve and I have to say, in spite a a really f-ed up third act, I felt great about the film. I felt as though critics who mocked the film for being a bunch of arrogant celebrities on holiday, jiving their way through, were fixated on feature stories about the actors and not really paying attention. And Soderbergh’s work, as director and DP, is quite wonderfully loose and tight and often brilliant. This is, as a production, what I was hoping Ocean’s Eleven would have been and if they can get a script that has a really good third act punch, I would be excited to see Ocean’s Thirteen. (I’ll do a real review on THB next week.)
Also, the Kirby Dick documentary, Twist of Faith, which made the Oscar short-list without many people having seen it, is stunningly good. Again, I will hold off on details until I do a full review, but this look at child molestation – and one priest in particular – has all the intimacy and none of the self-righteousness (outside of the deserved emotion of its subjects) that has so bent the documentary form as of late.
I still love Born Into Brothels and will root for it to win the Oscar, but I would not be outraged if it went instead to Twist of Faith.