A review of the cult British TV show, A Very Peculiar Practice, a black comedy set in a regional university in the Thatcher era.
FEATURES: Interviews with Janus Metz and with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson; an analysis of films about financial meltdown; and reviews of Todd Haynes’s Mildred Pierce and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
READ: Bad Blood; Poison: Caviar and Ketchup; Three Endings; and Pope-Shrinking
“To me he’s a figure at Algiers airport: a man who was thin then, wearing a Che Guevara beret.” Thus the controversial lawyer Jacques Vergès reminisces in Barbet Schroeder’s fine documentary, Terror’s Advocate (2007), speaking of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez — known as Carlos—the Venezuelan terrorist and revolutionary presently imprisoned in Poissy, France, for the 1975 rue Toullier murder of two French intelligence agents in Paris.
“You know how I got the money, when I was starting out? Here. Not here, but a place like it, in the Sprawl. Joke, to start with, ‘cause once they plant the cut-out chip, it seems like free money. Wake up sore, sometimes, but that’s it. Renting the goods, is all. You aren’t in, when it’s all happening. House has software for whatever a customer wants to pay for …”
Who watches The Wire? It’s a truism that HBO’s sprawling five-season narrative of systemic dysfunction in Baltimore attracted fewer viewers—not to mention awards—than it deserved. That those whom it did attract often tended towards the evangelical did not always work in the show’s favor…
Dramatic fragmentation, John Gianvito, Lebanese Cinema, The Wire, and an interview with David Simon
READ: Make-Believe, Memory Failure, Post Festum, Vertigo, The Wire for Tourists?
Dexter, Showtime’s serial killer soap opera, follows a sociopath who works for the forensics lab of the Miami Police Department. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is a blood-spatter analyst who solves crimes by charting red spray patterns and trajectories, taking a ghoulish delight in tracing the abstract art of violence.
In this issue of Film Quarterly, four unusually lengthy works now available on DVD, which have a combined running time of forty hours, are reviewed. They range from poetic documentary to crime epic, but each is a work of the utmost distinction
Comparisons of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima; Haneke; Inside the Actors Studio, and an interview with Oliver Stone
READ: Tuning Up, and a review of Pan’s Labyrinth