Reactions to Haneke’s Amour

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The staff at The Clay movie theatre in San Francisco say that people are walking out of Michael Haneke's critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film, Amour, in droves. Amour is not a horror movie, and yet it's perhaps tougher to watch than any slasher flick because it cuts so close to the bone. It's impossible to watch this story about a educated, elderly French couple's journey towards the end of life complete with strokes, rude nurses and adult diapers without thinking, "this is going to happen to me or to someone very close to me … [Read more...]

Disillusionist

Sylvain Chomet's Oscar-nominated animated feature film, The Illusionist tells a sad tale about the losing battle of artists to commerce. The beautifully-drawn though obtusely-plotted movie is packed with scenes in which characters whip out bills to pay for things, ask for cash in return for things and yearn for things they can't afford to buy. Saddest of all, however, is experiencing the film, as I did last night, at the Clay Theatre in the Pacific Heighst neighborhood of San Francisco. The venue was practically empty. This beautiful … [Read more...]