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03.11.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Think Morgan Spurlock's popular Super Size Me, only this time, marajuana instead of McDonald's. Premiering at Austin's vital SXSW Film Festival this week is Super High Me, part concert film and part investigative documentary. Featuring comedian Doug Benson, named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times magazine in 2006, it explores medical marajuana in the United States. As part of the movie, Benson sm...
03.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
...Baby Mama.   Okay, initially I was very excited for this new film, being that it is the big screen debut as a leading lady for Tina Fey, the phenomenal talent behind NBC's little seen comedy gem 30 Rock, but then I saw the preview. Now it is hard to judge a movie solely from a preview, since I probably was not the target audience for it, but the comedy was completely lost on me, to put it kind...
02.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Berlin International Film Festival - Day 6 2/12/08 One of my favorite moments here�happened at the beginning of Day 6. Everyday you must arrive�in the morning�to secure your tickets for the following day's screenings, or you risk not�being able to see your first choices. I usually arrive just after opening, which is early enough to ensure my desired tickets, but I happenend to be awake�early, so...
02.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Berlin International Film Festival - Day 5 2/11/2008 In a banner day for the festival, featuring premieres of new work from several well known international filmmakers, the best film I saw was one that premiered elsewhere, Cannes in '07. German director Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" is an incredibly moving, personal work that showcases a filmmaker just entering his prime. While Majid Majidi...
02.11.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Berlin International Film Festival - Day 4 2/10/2008 Oddly, one of the biggest buzz films of the festival and its biggest seller so far at the European Film Market is not even screening here. "Che," directed by Steven Soderbergh and featuring Benicio del Toro as the iconic revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, has only a 10 minute rough cut screening in the market. The film is tabbed as ...
02.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Berlin International Film Festival - Day 3 2/9/08 I can`t believe it has been only 3 days. I have already seen more solid fiction films then I saw at all of Sundance. So far the consensus is that the Competition titles have disappointed, while, at least outside of the European premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece "There Will Be Blood." Interesting sidenote, actor Daniel Day Lewis turn...
02.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Berlin International Film Festival - Day 2 February 8, 2008 A few hours of sleep and five films later... Two standouts amongst the offerings thus far, the Competition title "In Love We Trust" and the European Film Market title "Phoebe in Wonderland," a film that I missed at Sundance. "In Love We Trust" is the latest film from Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai, the director of the award-winning "Be...
02.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Berlin International Film Festival - Day 1 Feb. 7, 2008 There is nothing like throwing yourself into the sensory overload of a film festival when you have not slept in 28 hours! I have never been able to sleep on an international flight, so if anyone reading this has a tip, please let me know (and fast, I could use it for the trip home.) The sheer amomunt of information to take in here is dizzy...
01.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Sundance Film Festival Park City Utah - Day 7 Only at a film festival can you have one of your best experiences watching 12 year-old children, and younger, in prison. Seriously. Looking closely at children locked up inside an unnamed Russian prison, Alone in Four Walls is first a reavealing look at a humanitarian and economic crisis and second a cinematic experience of aesthetic precision th...
01.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Sundance Film Festival Park City Utah - Day 6   Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden renew our hope for American fiim with their newest collaboration, Sugar. The team behind Half Nelson and Gowanus, Brooklyn add to their sterling track record with this poetic and dramatic narrative film about a Dominican Republic youth with a rocket arm who strives to move to the United States to follow his dream of playing...

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