It's almost summer movie time...but what to watch until the blockbusters hit? The General weighs in with his list -- a few music docs, a bit of Fellini, and some Faye Wong thrown in for safe measure.
Edition #2: 22 May 2007
Broadway Danny Rose
Hilarious Woody humor with great shots of New York in addition to a really sweet story. His character, Danny Rose, is probably Woody's most human and vulnerable role.
I honestly don't know what to think this film yet. The characters are so frustratingly real and flawed. It does come together nicely, though, and it is always a pleasure to watch a character grow.
Before Fellini went completely bonkers he made really good films like 8 1/2 and La Strada. Giulietta Masina (Fellini's wife) is a marvel.
Has many of the same elements of his other classics but lacks a cohesive thread to bind them together into something meaningful. More just a series of vignettes and memories.
The Best of Youth
A fantastic film. If you can handle the 6 hour running time, I highly recommend. Feels like 5. Tops.
Another beautiful film by Wong but in a different vein as ITMFL. Less of a waltz / more rock n roll. Hard not to fall in love with Faye Wong.
(BLOGORELLI NOTE: This is one of my all-time favorites!)
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
If anything this half doc/half tribute concert film got my interested in Cohen. Not particularly well done as a movie but I liked the small bits of the man I glimpsed and a few of the tribute songs.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Engrossing biodoc of Daniel Johnston, the loony tune satan-fightin singer/songwriter cartoonist. Feuerzeig does a superb job placing you in the world of this man who is a few miles past the edge.
Don't Come Knocking
Absolutely stunning film to look at. However, every other ingredient inherent to film that separates it from a photo essay is either missing or not paid attention to. Gorgeous shots, though. Wow.
Scenes from a Marriage
Wonderful intimate portrait of the disintegration of a seemingly happy marriage. With this long film/mini-series Bergman cements his claim as a master of dialogue and film in general.