Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Waking Ned Devine (1993)
After Ned Devine dies from a heart-attack induced from the shock of winning the lottery, two of his friends use any means necessary to pretend to be the recently deceased in hopes of obtaining all of the money he won. A hilarious film complete with trademark Irish dark humor.
And Everything is Going Fine (2010)
This intimate portrait of one of my personal favorite writer/performers, Spalding Gray, is brilliantly edited to mimic the style of his infamous performances, becoming in a way a posthumous, final monologue by one of the greatest stage performers of the 20th century.
Miss Representation (2011)
This is one of the best documentaries on Instant Netflix at the moment, and should be viewed by everyone. EVERYONE. Unfortunately, the only usable screen-grab of this film I could find was this behind-the-scenes shot, which only reinforces the message of this movie. Miss Representation is a documentary exploring how the media's misrepresentation and objectification of women still occurring in post-Feminism 21st century highlights beauty and glamour over leadership, ambition, and ability. The film features many prominent women in leadership roles and discusses the obstacles they faced constantly due to the patriarchal society the world has created and disgustingly clings to.
My Amityville Horror (2012)
One of the more disturbing documentaries no matter how you analyze it. The docu follows Daniel Lutz, the oldest of the Lutz' children and deeply traumatized survivor of the real Amityville Horror. The film is disturbing and interesting in that Daniel is obviously disturbed, and if seen from a religious viewpoint--Daniel is religious--it would seem that demons did plague his house. However from a psychoanalytic perspective, the film shows exactly how damaging mental and physical trauma can be on a person's health, especially if experienced at an early age. Either way you look at it, Daniel Lutz gives a fresh and revealing first-hand perspective on one of the most famous tragedies in recent history.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
This film explores the troubling and fascinating life of the critically and artistically acclaimed director, Roman Polanski, from his narrowly escaping the Holocaust, his brief marriage to Sharon Tate cut short after she was brutally murdered by the Manson Family, his statutory rape of a teenage girl, and his exile to France. The documentary is intricately detailed and enthralling from beginning to end, involving you entirely with a man who's had one of the most fascinating and notorious lives of the 20th century.
Jay Duplass (if you've gone through this blog I've already recommended many of his films) directs this documentary about Austin, TX musician Kevin Gant, who was becoming a rising star in the mid-1990s, only to disappear and fall mysteriously back into obscurity. This film is a beautiful portrait of the Gant, and what happened to him.
I Think We're Alone Now (2008)
I assure you that once you watch this documentary, you'll never forget it. It's one of the oddest films I've ever watched, and at only an hour long, I just wanted more. The film focuses on two individuals who have an unhealthy obsession with 80s teen pop icon, Tiffany--a 50-something man with Asperger's Syndrome named Jeff, and Kelly, a self-proclaimed "intersexual." The film follows the two as they balance the line between fanatics and stalkers, and each have an interesting, yet questionable, story to tell regarding the forgotten pop star they hold so dear.