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Thursday, February 07, 2008


Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, UK/Canada, 2007): Viggo! He can put on a Russian accent! He can fight naked! He can out-act Naomi Watts if you give her a lame enough role! A MINUS

Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, "America", 2000): Bjork has a weak spot for pretentious jocks, and if Matthew Barney is not nearly as skilled a provocateur as our Lars, he's certainly better for her health. But credit Ms Guomundsdottir's wailing, more than her warbling, for lifting this well clear of worst-of-the-decade territory. It might've even had some good musical numbers if they had got Michael Rooney to choreograph them, and Spike Jones to direct them. Of course, this would've required smashing in Lars's skull with a cash box. C MINUS



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