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I dont like the truths posited in The Future is Unwritten: theyre all banal, off base or painfully disillusioning. 1. Joe Strummers friends have many nice things to say about him. 2. Age mellows people. 3. Quiet defeat often passes for wisdom.
Haynes is no ordinary filmmaker, and Im Not There is no ordinary biopic. Tricky, powerful, sometimes ridiculous, it eludes definition. Haynes cast both a black eleven-year-old boy and an Australian woman as Dylan. On, paper it sounds ridiculous, but on film, strangely, it workssometimes.
Caligula is the stuff, or rather the spunk, of legend. The 1979 epic T&A-fest is based on real-life legend: the rapid ascendancy and downfall of Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Little Boots for short).
Through the hothouse lens of a boys boarding school, Lindsay Andersons 1969 film If... explores the rumblings of an approaching revolution. Anderson regiments the film into firmly defined chaptersRitual and Religion, Discipline and Resistanceyet If never becomes episodic or predictable.