Atlanta Movie Notes

While I’m not unhappy that I caught The Jacket last night, I am bummmed that I missed last night’s WRFG radio-sponsored screening of Sinan Antoon’s About Baghdad. I’ve been wanting to see this film for several weeks and heard about the screening too late. If anyone happened to see the film, I’d love to know more about it. And while I’m thinking about it, I just wanted to mention the New York Times review of the new book, Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That Is Challenging the West, which sounds like an interesting read. Might be an interesting companion piece to Jehane Noujaim’s Al-Jazeera doc, Control Room.

There will be another screening event here in Atlanta this week. The Midtown Art Theater will be screening Vincent Vittorio and Trey Lineberger’s Little Men, which the filmmakers describe as Lord of the Flies meets Little Rascals. Co-director Vincent Vittorio will attend the screening.

2 Comments »

  1. Chris Said,

    March 5, 2005 @ 8:08 pm

    Just once, I’d like to see a psychiatrist portrayed fairly in a film.

  2. Chuck Said,

    March 5, 2005 @ 8:22 pm

    Chris, I’m guessing you’re talking about The Jacket and not Little Men, but yeah teh Kris Kristofferson character is utterly barbaric although his “experiments” are eventually validated by the narrative. Jennifer Jason Leigh as the good psychologist is generally naive but benign.

    Seems like psychologists in film are either saints or sadists, although I wonder how true that is of other professions in which people’s emotions are heavily invested. I noted a similar phenomenon in representations of teachers, who are either inspirational heroes or sleazy jerks who sleep with their students.

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