6A - Monday, October 29, 2012
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
6A - Monday, October 29, 2012 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
with live organ score
Eminem: The early years.
Documentary the would-be 16-year-old. But shows Beverly Dollarhide, Nich-
Bourdin's precocious pretend- olas's mother, embracing Bour-
eXposes emotional ing becomes problematic when din, convinced she's reunited
a private investigator and an FBI with her son. The dramatic irony
tale of deception agent question his authenticity. is excruciatingly painful - the
The intrigue, apart from audience knows she's hugging
By CARLY KEYES the hair-raising subject. mat- a perfect stranger who's taking
For theDaily ter, derives from a complicated advantage of her vulnerability,
and flat-out disturbing villain. as he hides beneath a hat, sun-
When a dog runs away, it's like Bourdin's raw veracity reveals glasses and scarves.
losinga family member. So when a, blatant lack of remorse for his But this documentary earns
a good Samaritan returns a stray actions. Instead, he plays the more than simply style points
that doesn't sympathy card to justify his for an enthralling plot, a chill-
quite match up **** behavior: What else was a poor, ing villain and an artfully edit-
to the "miss- scared kid, living desperately on ed array of footage. It reveals
ing" photo on The the streets supposed to do? The the devastating impact of loss,
the telephone Imser answer: anything else. a fragile and highly ubiquitous
pole, the griev- While begging for empathy, element of the human condition,
ing owners At the Bourdin emanates pride for his for real people rather than a cast
might accept Michigan deception. He showcases his of characters. Nicholas's fam-
the compa- cunning abilities and manipu- ily, utterly broken and desper-
rable canine as Picturehouse lative accomplishments in a ate to regain their beloved boy,
"close enough" positive light, creating com- undoubtedly buys Bourdin's act
to fill the painfully empty void in plex emotional tension. But despite the numerous red flags: a
their household. his unsettling demeanor is a different eye color, a new accent
When a boy goes missing and small price to pay for a glaring, and though Bourdin looks noth-
someone shows up on the door- untainted look into the mind of ing like the childhood photos,
step claiming to be the long lost a sociopath. Now that's just cool. Nicholas's own sister claims that
son, no matter how deeply the Timely crosscutting between he has their Uncle Ed's nose.
family desires reconciliation, "sitting and talking" and flash- The pretentious phony preaches,
"close enough" is a federal crime. backs, film editor Andrew "They pretended as much as I
In "The Imposter," a new doc- Hulme ("The American") moves did, or even more."
umentary, 13-year-old Nicholas the story along at ample speed. Documentaries educate while
Barclay disappears without a The way he juxtaposes the fam- they entertain, and "The Impos-
trace from a rural Texas town in ily's devastating details of grief ter" leaves the audience with a
1997. Three years later, Freddric with Bordin's haughty malev- lesson learned: The human need
Bourdin needs a new identity olence heightens the battle to alleviate pain and emotional
to evade legal trouble in Spain, between good and evil. strife has the power to trump
so he impersonates the missing The reenactments are effec- reason and overshadow ratio-
boy. With a little hair dye and lot tive, tasteful and rationed pro- nality. To reduce their suffering,
of lies, he convinces the authori- portionately with clips from the people see what they want to
ties and the family that he's family video reel. Actual footage see, even if it's an imposter.
By JOEY STEINBERGER
Daily Arts Writer
A ship's crew has been struck
by a mysterious illness and only
the captain and the first mate
remain alive. The first mate
suspects the illness is somehow
related to a coffin being trans-
ported below deck. Just before
sunset, he heads below with
a hatchet and splits the cof-
fin open. Suddenly, to his hor-
ror, the human-esque figure he
thought was dead rises from the
coffin. Cue laughter.
The mood was light-heart-
ed at the Michigan Theater's
Thursday showing of "Nosfera-
tu," one of cinema's first horror
movies. Students and Ann Arbor
locals who were excited by this
quasi-annual cultural experi-
The film is an unauthorized
adaptation of Bram Stoker's
"Dracula." To get around this,
names and words were changed:
"Count Dracula" was changed
to "Count Orlok" and "vampire"
Debuting in 1922, "Nosferatu"
is one of the most famous and
long-lasting productions of the
German Expressionism move-
ment and celebrates its 90th
birthday in 2012.
Conceivably, you could rent
"Nosferatu" and watch it at
home - it's even on Netflix
instant queue. If you did that
though, you'd be missing out
on one of the great traditions of
silent film - live music accom-
ent. audience from laughing at them.
rare to attend a screen- The once-a-year show is made
a silent movie these days, more special by Ball's dedica-
ne a silent one with music tion to his music. The professor
ide. Luckily, the Michigan writes a new score annually for
rr, equipped with a Barton the film, so each year brings a
is one of the few theaters new experience.
at continues this venerable "It's very much a jazz sensi-
on. bility," Mathews said. "He'll say,
ere is only a handful of 'This year, I'm going to do this
organs left in the country," sort of theme, that's going to be
mily Mathews, the mar- my focus and I'm goingto impro-
director of the Michigan vise around it."'
er. "Nosferatu" has been pre-
sented at the Michigan Theater
for 18 years. While it doesn't
Nosferatu' play annually, it shows most
years. The theater still shows a
turns 90. silent horror film with live music
around Halloween in the years
"Nosferatu" doesn't play, such
as the 1925 version of "Phantom
theater has five organists of the Opera" and a 1922 Swed-
erform on a rotating basis. ish and Danish movie called
en Ball, a professor in "Hixan."
chool of Music, Theatre "We show four or five silent
ice played for the "Nos- films every year with some sort
" screening. His music of musical accompaniment,
ed and reflected the char- because we want to show the
of the film. A happy, light depth and breadth of film his-
followed Hutter, a real- tory," said Mathews.
agent who travels to Tran- The only other theater in the
ia to sell a house to Count area that performs silent films
also known as Nosferatu. with live music is the Redford
Orlok, on the other hand, Theater in Detroit. Unlike the
creepy, foreboding theme Michigan Theater, the Redford
ilized the lower notes. only shows classic films.
music kept people's atten- Despite - or maybe because of
n the screen and helped - the overwhelming amount of
portant plot points which bathos in the film, the audience
otherwise be missed in a was thoroughly entertained,
film. The organ also made leaving the theater energized
ovie's scary scenes more and excited for a Halloween
us, but it didn't stop the weekend.
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like vision of the future while
extracting almost perfect per-
formances from a supremely tal-
But "Atlas" struggles to find a
notable connection between its
stories and characters, supposed-
ly reincarnations of the same soul
in different bodies over time. The
point of this reincarnation is lost
in the overall context, and the
directors are unable to tie loose
ends together. Though it seems
as if a missing piece of the puzzle
might become more evident upon
a second viewing of the film, it
won't, because it's not there.
Regardless of that gaping hole,
there's more than enough in
"Atlas" to enjoy, as it finds at least
one common message about the
persistence of the human spirit
through time - both in the mis-
takes we make as a species and
how we overcome them.
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vating as the other. Hanks, Berry
and Sturgess inoparticular play six
different reincarnations of their
respective characters, ranging
from cannibalistic tribal leaders
to futuristic army commanders.
They pull off that endeavor suc-
cessfully, proving that the real
heroes of "Atlas" are in fact its
make-up artists, who deserve so
much more than a standing ova-
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"Cloud Atlas" is ambitious and
thoughtful. It expertly meshes
sci-fi, drama, comedy and histor-
ic fantasy into something strange
and enjoyable. And despite its
lapses in lucidity, "Atlas" wins
simply because its unlike any-
thing we've ever seen before.
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the last being Alessandra Ferri of
Italy in 1992. Rarelyused today,
the title is only given to those
ballerinas who show an excep-
tional proficiency in dance.
I will never be a Prima Bal-
lerina Assoluta. I will never even
be a Prima Ballerina, the second
highest ranking. I will never go
on pointe and dance in "The Nut-
cracker" as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Everything is bad. But, on the
other hand: long hair, don't care.
Sadovskaya is back in her
leotard. To dance with her,
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scenes that alreadypossessit. The
act of riding a wave should be a
smooth endeavor, and we expect
the direction to emulate the con-
tent - instead it feels like a Red
"Mavericks" supplies music
where the roaring of the sea
would suffice, another folly. The
ocean is the soundtrack of a surf-
er, and "Mavericks" should have
recognized that every Power-
Rock anthem it plays separates
the audience from an organic
understanding of the sport.
"Chasing Mavericks" is over-
loaded, leaking from the sides
with unnecessary and underde-
veloped plots, characters and aes-
thetics. The ocean is harsh and
soft; something worth contem-
plating. While "Mavericks" wants
to do good, its commercial pack-
aging ultimately undermines its
spiritual content. Surfing has soul,
but it's hard to find in this film.