Fay Grim (2007, Hal Hartley)

screened Monday May 28 2007 at IFC Center, New York NY yes

quite enjoyable for the first two thirds, but once the elusive Henry Fool appears in an extended monologue with an Osama Bin-Laden stand-in, the film stops dead in its tracks.  The film seems to dabble in themes of terrorism and foreign policy more than it knows what to think about them, but as a game of misinformation spewed in all directions it has its share of genre-driven fun and fascination.  Far from being an annoying stylistic gimmick, the near-constant use of Third Man-style canted angles feels seamlessly integrated into Hartley's rigid aesthetic.