Shakespeare's Macbeth played out in the setting of a fast-food joint in New Jersey in the early '70s? Not bad, but the trick is to flesh out the concept for 102 minutes, to build on it rather than expose its basic thinness. And though director Billy Morrissette gives it a game try, this concept starts to deflate well before it reaches the halfway mark.
This cozy Swedish production directed by Colin Nutley, a transplanted Englishman, transplants a simple straight-faced romance from mid-’30s rural England to mid-’50s rural Sweden — a lush setting of verdant fields and clear blue skies, of nature as a huge hand in whose palm the tribulations of tiny humanity unfold.
If you’ve ever yawned, even a little, at the formulaic, interchangeable filler that Hollywood churns out week after week, then give the A2 fest a look. Six days of screenings will showcase a final selection of 125 independent 16 mm films from among roughly 450 entries submitted to the jury.
What form would the monsters of your mind take, and would they look much different from your reality? They would if Federico Fellini directed them, with his signature id, fashion- and commotion-propelled cinema. Standing true to his characteristic love of eccentricities and performance is this1965 film — with Giulietta Masina.
Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) decides for the next 40 days no sex, fondling, nibbling or sucking, not even the big "M." Director Michael Lehmann keeps his project at eye-level with a right-on sense of timing and a grasp on clever visual detail revolving around the "things boys like to do."