About the Looking For and the Finding of Love
A tension-ridden romance between a composer and a singer ends in self-inflicted tragedy, or so it seems, until … the latter follows her troubled beau to the other side. Fassbinder, this ain’t. Curiously mixing chronically challenged relationships with special effects, this German fantasy is more than three years old, one among a miserly lineup of films this week that suggests Taiwanese distributors have elected not to put up any real product against the Harry Potter juggernaut. Co-written by Perfume author Patrick Süskind, of all people.
Willem Dafoe stars in this 2007 horror mystery as a cop with a line in hunting serial killers, but his latest case proves to be his most dangerous yet. “Anamorph” refers to the shifting of an image as it is observed from specific positions; the psycho version afflicting Detective Dafoe sees scenes of carnage become works of art. This film’s humdrum critical response shouldn’t be enough to turn away horror fans who like a lot of blood and gristle with their artsy mood. Starts tomorrow.
A youngster who lives to deliver hot water in his school finds himself without a purpose in life when new technology arrives, so he looks to the school baseball team for salvation. But there’s a problem: He’s expected to play for a team whose coach is under real pressure. When a film from South Korea that’s more than two years gets a grindhouse release, it’s usually a DVD promotion, and this one is no different. Unlike many, however, this one has real heart and deserves a wider young audience. Starts tomorrow.