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Signs & Wonders Review


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Jonathan Nossiter made his fictional writing and directing debut in 1997 with the critically acclaimed Sunday, a story of two lonely strangers who find comfort in each other for a single day.

With Sunday, the camera watches the characters with a sympathetic eye to the influence of their environment. The characters seem shot without the effects of makeup, and the camera gets so close up that one can almost imagine having a conversation with them instead of merely watching a screen. Lies are acceptable because the person receiving them doesn't mind. The two protagonists are happier for having shared that day and this evokes an infectious warmth.

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Mondovino Review


Weak
More is less in this vineyard of excess. Documentarian Jonathan Nossiter would have been well advised not to use every frame of his extensive interview footage from seven countries as though they were perfect grapes.

Nossiter, described as a trained sommelier, wine writer, and oenophile proves it by his obvious access to some of the biggest names in the international wine industry as well as to the virtually unknown proprietors of tiny boutique domains and appellations. In tracking these folks down for interviews, Nossiter builds a thesis that the world of wine is undergoing crucial changes. Tradition, he suggests, is colliding with modern commerce, though it might be more to the point that traditional marketing has been superseded by the farther reaching and quicker distribution techniques of the conglomerate.

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Resident Alien Review


OK
For his first film, Jonathan Nossiter (Signs & Wonders, Mondovino) chose to make this strange documentary about one of entertainment's strangest residents: Quentin Crisp.

Best known to mainstream audiences for being the semi-subject of Sting's "An Englishman in New York," Crisp was a writer, a British theater actor, and a bit part movie player on and off in his career, until, at the age of 73, he decided to leave his homeland and move to New York City, where he took up residence in a real shithole of an apartment.

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