Year in Film: The other side of the mirror - Page 3

The year the rock biopic swelled with self-awareness
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Arthur Russell, maybe, or perhaps Nina Simone? Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, is certainly building toward a good one with all of those onstage breakdowns behind her, and I'd like nothing better than for Haynes to take an honest crack at Karen Dalton or Judee Sill. What of Big Star, John Fahey, Tropicália's icons, Elizabeth Cotten, Galaxie 500 (directed by Andrew Bujalski), or the Mamas and the Papas? And won't someone think of poor Donovan, patiently waiting his turn ever since being put down by you know who in Don't Look Back? *

MAX GOLDBERG'S BAKER'S DOZEN

ON BEAUTY

<\!s>Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant, US/France)

<\!s>Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)

<\!s>En la Ciudad de Sylvia (José Luis Guerín, Spain)

<\!s>Boarding Gate (Olivier Assayas, France)

<\!s>In Between Days (Kim So-yong, US/Canada/South Korea)

REMNANTS OF THE REAL

<\!s>Useless (Jia Zhangke, China)

<\!s>My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, Canada)

<\!s>V.O. (William E. Jones, US)

<\!s>The Unforeseen (Laura Dunn, US)

NERVOUS NIGHTMARES

<\!s>Zodiac (David Fincher, US)

<\!s>Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, UK/Canada/US)

<\!s>Black Book (Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands/Germany/Belgium)

<\!s>No Country for Old Men (Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, US)

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