Magazine article Artforum International

J. Hoberman

Magazine article Artforum International

J. Hoberman

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I GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard) J-LG's first 3-D movie bids farewell to one language and invents another, which is pretty much what this transcendent film artist has been doing for more than half a century.

2 INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson) If not as brilliantly unpredictable as The Master, Anderson's mind-melding adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's '70s noir parody is still a remarkable follow-up. What other American writer-director's movies are simultaneous contributions to American film culture and literature?

3 IDA (Pawel Pawlikowski) Or, "The Jewish Nun." Returning to his native land after winning acclaim for his British films, Pawlikowski made a beautifully wrought reflection on the nature of identity that not only evokes the Poland of his '60s childhood but looks as if it might have been made then.

4 THE AMERICANS (FX) Reagan's America is a looking-glass world in which an attractive, cold-blooded pair of Soviet spies--helped by a closet full of disguises--pass for suburban normals and, for two seasons, have confounded the tormented FBI man living next door.

5 UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer) A movie made for graduate disserta-tions--freely adapted from Michel Faber's thriller about a female-shaped predatory extraterrestrial and shot dem documentary style in and around Glasgow--with Scarlett Johansson delivering an eerie inversion of her stellar turn in Her.

6 THE IVIARX BROTHERS TV COLLECTION (Shout! Factory) This three-DVD set excavates the mainly separate adventures of Chico, Groucho, and Harpo in the alternative universe of '50s TV. Not especially--albeit sometimes very--funny, these fossils are weirdly familiar and just plain weird.

7 FARBE (Sigmar PoIke) Some of the films installed as part of MoMA's PoIke retro suggested pot-infused stabs at remaking Werner Herzog's Fata Morgana. …

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