Saturday, August 23, 2008

Beware of a Holy Blog-a-Thon

Why do I work in such ridiculously erratic cycles? Just a day after that Vicky Cristina Barcelona review, here's another write-up, this one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Beware of a Holy Whore. I suppose that could have been the title for Allen's film, if he were letting his real feelings about the Penélope Cruz character be known. It turns out that when Fassbinder travels to Spain, his experience of life is rather... different than Allen's. You can pore over Holy Whore and find not one shot that all the reviews will describe as "buttery." You can also, as in long stretches of the Allen picture, fail to realize that you're even in Spain, but for totally different reasons. Enjoy the review, and then wile away some summer hours at the party that inspired it, Goatdog's Movies About Movies Blog-a-Thon.

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