On paper, the story told in Craig Zobel’s new film, Compliance, sounds unbelievable. Sandra (Ann Dowd), a fast-food-restaurant manager, gets a call from a police officer (Pat Healy) during a busy Friday-night shift.
I had yet another birthday recently. Yes, yes, thank you so, so much. Another year older, another year wiser, right? Personally, I’m more than happy to forge on under that illusion, and I suggest you do the same.
The first movie I covered for CityBeat was The Aristocrats, way back in the summer of 2005. A few months later, over enchiladas, I told David Rolland and Kelly Davis that I wanted to be the paper’s sole film critic, and two weeks later, the job was mine.
We want our artists to be fearless and unafraid of retribution for speaking their minds. That’s easy to say in this country, where the usual consequence for controversy is either having your funding pulled or wild commercial success.
Yeah, despite my predilection these days for quiet art films, Tom Waits and my Galaxy Grey microvan, I have a punk-rock past, which is one reason I picked up a bottle of Raw Power 2009 Shiraz the other day.