Saturday, May 05, 2007


While waiting for post-time of the Kentucky Derby, I had time to watch the Hungarian film Kontroll. This award winner, from the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, was shot in the Budapest underground subway system. The camerawork is masterful, this film is a visual experience. Mike Russell, reviewer for the Oregonian recommended this film, and it did not disappoint. A rag-tag group of railway officers are in charge of order in the underground. All kinds of chaos ensues, and their own bodily harm is constant. Oh yeah, and they're chasing a murderer and career mischief-maker. The pace shifts, about half way through, as the plot turns to romance. It feels like a welcome break. When the action returns, it is startling and satisfying. Good stuff, great film!

By the way, I had my daughter put five bucks on Nobiz Like Showbiz at the Derby ... wish me luck!

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