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What did you say?: Seann William Scott in Goon
  • "Silence versus noise was my idea!": Seann William Scott in Goon
Boy, how I hate getting scooped by my own coworkers. Here I had this great idea for a piece about The Deep Blue Sea, explaining how director Terence Davies strategically uses silence to frame and intensify the sounds and music in his story of a woman (Rachel Weisz) torn between her boring old husband and her virile young lover. Then along comes "Silence vs. Noise Week," a daily series on the Bleader that's now already well in progress. I suppose I should make some noise about it, but instead I'll just keep quiet.

Also in this week's issue, we've got a Reader Recommends for Goon, with Seann William Scott as a Massachusetts meathead who finds his true calling as a punch-up artist in minor-league hockey, and new reviews of Let the Bullets Fly, a Chinese action comedy with Jiang Wen and Chow Yun-Fat, and The Salt of Life, Gianni Di Gregorio's sequel to the Italian art-house import Mid-August Lunch.

Best bets for repertory: John Landis's The Blues Brothers (1980), Friday through Sunday night at the Patio; Max Ophuls' rarely screened Liebelei (1932), Wednesday at the Portage, presented by the Northwest Chicago Film Society; Andrei Tarkovsky's My Name Is Ivan (1962), Tuesday at Doc Films; Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992), Friday at Doc; Douglas Sirk's There's Always Tomorrow (1955), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; and Apichatpong Weerasathakul's Tropical Malady (2004), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center, with a lecture on Tuesday by Daniel Eisenberg.

Also at Film Center, director Phil Grabsky appears at all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows of his new documentary In Search of Haydn (a title ready-made for Abbott and Costello); writer Jian Ping introduces selected screenings of Mulberry Child, a documentary about her pilgrimage to China; and Brent Green introduces his feature-length animation Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, tonight and Saturday afternoon.

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