Brandon Hernández 5:09 a.m., June 19
Opening this week
It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt world this week at The Big Screen as my better blog half comes through with director interviews and reviews for two, count 'em, two pictures that debut today.
First there's Yaron Zilberman. His A Late Quartet, playing exclusively at Landmark Hillcrest and La Jolla Village Cinemas, "tells the story of the Fugue String Quartet during the lead-up to its 25th anniversary concert, a performance of Beethoven's play-without-resting Opus 131." As a Christopher Walken completest, rest assured I'll see it this weekend.
Julia Loktev directs Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg through The Loneliest Planet, the story of "a happily engaged couple on an adventure through the Caucasas. They hire a local to guide them on a hike through the mountains, and a chance encounter leads to a fateful moment that reverberates through the entire film." See it today exclusively at Landmark's Ken Cinema.
I drew this week's documentary detail. From the folks that brought you Jesus Camp comes Detropia, another ankle-deep expose, this time about Detroit potentially having to go the way of Atlantis. Its suffocating sense of ironic sensationalism and obvious social commentary left me cold. See it (if you must) exclusively at Reading Gaslamp 15.
While digging through the remains of his recently deceased grandmother’s apartment in Tel Aviv, Arnon Goldfinger came across documentation linking his grandparents - both refugees from Hitler’s Germany - with high-ranking Nazi minister Baron Leopold von Mildenstein. The Flat has all the visual excitement of an episode of C-SPAN's Book TV, but a story as compelling as this would work on radio. It opens today exclusively at the Hillcrest Cinemas.
Oh, yes. There's some little blonde chicken passing for 007 who keeps shouting something about the sky falling. Matt covered it before it covers you.