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Thursday links for bored cubicle rats

Posted by Ty Burr  February 28, 2008 10:27 AM

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Today's random movie-related links and provocations:

Isabella Rossellini is making insect-sex movies for your iPod.

The Vatican hates "No Country for Old Men" and loves "Juno." No word yet on the Pope's opinion of "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days."

San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle wrote a column 'fessing up to great movies he hasn't seen, and blogger Kevin Lee of Shooting Down Pictures takes issue with the idea of a professional film critic "paid to flaunt his film illiteracy." I'm sympathetic to LaSalle but I have to side with Lee here: While there are certainly some major films I haven't seen for a multiplicity of reasons (some even defensible), I'm not about to tell you what they are. Correct it quietly over time, film by film, sure, but to admit to never having seen "2001: A Space Odyssey" is an invitation to ridicule -- and dismissing it forty years later as "virtually unwatchable, boring, incomprehensible" is a dereliction of professional duty. (It's really not that hard to understand, Mick, and with a minimum of parental plot guidance my pre-teen daughters actually enjoyed it.) As for the anonymous critic LaSalle mentions who has never seen "Citizen Kane," that's just perverse, especially since it's so easy to fix. Whoever it is should be ashamed.

One film I've seen repeatedly when I probably should have been watching other movies is Jean-luc Godard's 1965 "Pierrot le Fou" (in image above) which has just come out in a nice Criterion DVD with all its gaudy Roy Lichtenstein-y colors intact. The hinge between early cine-romantic Godard and later aggro-Maoist-deconstructo Godard is the great Cubist romance of the 60s, the film equivalent of Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" but with arguably better lyrics. It's also a toweringly bitter kiss-off to Godard's star and wife Anna Karina, from a director clearly still in love with his muse.

Endlessly quotable ("Allons-y, Alonzo"), this one's in my personal Top 10 as one of the most profound movies ever made about whatever it is that happens between men and women, That probably says more about me than I care to admit, so here's The Times' Dave Kehr on "Pierrot," and here's Cinebeats' Kimberly Lindbergs on her own undying love for the film. So it's not just guys.

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