Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy’s “The Editor” and Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Eden”

The Editor

The_Editor_03To sum it up, one of the best parody movies I’ve seen in a long time. I am not too familiar with the whole Italian horror genre, but if this is an indicator of what they are consistently doing, please sign me up.

The Editor follows our lead protagonist, an editor as he solves a murder mystery. I wish I had more to say about this film style of which I know nothing, I mean nothing to compare it to in order to offer a rich film comparison/critique.

I will say this though, if you want a fun, light, not serious, in the buff (which I think should be equal opportunity. If I see women’s breast and buttocks in this day of “equal” opportunity the ratio for male nudity should be equal), somewhat incoherent story (but I’m told that’s a trademark of the genre) then go see this. If you are serious about cinema and remain stuck up, this is not your movie. The film is begging you to laugh along with it as it offers jokes and Italian surrealist horror.

four-stars4

Eden

Eden_01“Eden” by director Mia Hansen-Løve and co written by Sven Hansen-Løve is an adult version of the coming-of-age tale, the kind where dreams come to die. It’s standard fare really.

What starts out as an energetic expose on youth and the standard nihilism that comes with its fevered desire of eternity is slowly abated as reality sinks in of what the world actually requires and needs from its individual members of society. It’s a truism that for some(me) is a writing on the wall.

What I don’t understand about the movie’s main character is that when faced with success he never makes the right decision. It’s as if he’s paralyzed from making a right decision outside of passion. Though this is what irks me it was never under the skin irksome like say the Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis, which for all purposes was a comedy. However this is straight drama with comedy elements thrown into it. That isn’t to say the movie is a downer. It actually has what film theorist like to call inward movement. At times I really wanted to groove while it was teaching me the history of this genre, almost like boom bap hip-hop. And it is this olive branch that the raven missed; too much material on parts that could have, and should have been streamlined. This is where we enter the land of redundant themes, that if viewing from a snob level works best, but when viewed in adult life reality sets in and the youthful exuberance looses its steam. But I don’t think that was the filmmakers’ intention at all.

Wonderful cast, good acting, energetic edits, cool story, but – and this is just one filmmakers’ opined moment here – the part one and part two of the story kept me aware of my own time as a viewer. There wasn’t a major difference thematically between the two parts, or a significant shift, or angle. It was just a pointless marker which… we… didn’t… need(?), but who am I.

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One Comment on “Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy’s “The Editor” and Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Eden””

  1. May 5, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    EDITOR was amazing, and EDEN was pretty much a snooze fest. looks like we ended up at a lot of the same movies. did you see THE TRIBE? that and THE WONDERS were probably the two best i saw. although THE WOLFPACK and DREAMCATCHER were both amazing docs. seeing TANGERINE tomorrow and maybe shoe-horning in MAGICAL GIRL.

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