Sunday, January 8, 2012

Celluloid #138

In Theaters

A Dangerous Method (2011) Cronenberg - Cronenberg has moved on from the horrors of the body to the mysteries of the mind. Sabina S. comes to Dr. Jung as a patient suffering from hysteria. The root of her problem seems to be primarily sexual tied with feelings of shame and humiliation. Over the course of treating her with the "talking method" the two begin an affair. Additionally, Jung admires Freud and the two become friends, but their relationship deteriorates over time. The pacing of this film is really strange and overall it was just fine. 3/5

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) Alfredson - The director of Let the Right One In is still exploring the theme of loyalty - this time with regards to the British Secret Service. We discover early on that there is a mole in the organization. We follow George Smiley around while he tries to figure out who defected. He's technically retired in retirement, but still has access to a lot of contacts. The film seems to to be deliberately confusing to the point that I couldn't keep the character straight. The pacing is slow and not nearly as thrillery as I would have thought, but still exciting in a smoldering way. 3.5/5

In Home

Source Code (2011) Jones - This film is essentially Groundhog's Day, but with a military element. A soldier essentially jumps time to a period 8 minutes before a train is bombed to death to try and figure out who is responsible. There is the thinnest love story and the ending is pretty bad. A disappointing follow-up to Moon. 2.5/5