Hot DAMN. I've liked all things NWR that I have seen. I even like his online culture mag. Check out byNWR.com if you're looking for some real deep cut, free to watch films.
This doesn't even come close to disappointing that track record. I wasn't concerned that it wouldn't be good, but with it being his first picture, you never know. I won't waste time because you've probably seen it already or you're already aware enough.
1. Casted and acted just brilliantly. It was only the 2nd feature he starred in. He's got a certain presence that doesn't make any sense. It shouldn't work, but holy shit it does. Same with our boy Madsy. This is very early work for him as well. I cannot WAIT to convince my Hannibal loving aunt to watch this. She's going to be so mad at me. 2. As it should be, its front to back good ass movie making. The camera tracking, the design, all of it.
Definitely worth the Kanopy Credit, as are any other NWR you may find on there (all 3 "Pushers," "Bronson," and "Fear X").
Last Edit: Dec 4, 2020 14:41:49 GMT -6 by vanslater
I'll watch Harry Dean Stanton do anything. Including him in this flat dramedy. He's a real force, one that needs pointed in the right way, which didn't happen here. It's still a good time watching him seemingly improving lines and singing in Spanish. So it wasn't a total wash.
This is the first go as director by John Carroll Lynch (Drew Carey's brother in the Drew Carey Show). In fact, it was the first screenplay credit for the writing team. It all sorta shows. They definitely want to ask the questions. Some points are really strong. However, even with HDS scenes, the aperture was opened too wide. It let ALL the light in.
If you Stan Stanton, it's not a total waste of time. I could just watch him smoke cigarettes, so don't take my word for it.
Last Edit: Dec 24, 2020 9:48:46 GMT -6 by vanslater
I've heard some great reviews of this. It definitely holds together as a great music doc. They have some real solid archival material, and it pulled no punches.
I haven't spent much time with Big Star outside of college. So a lot of their music and story was unknown to me. What a compelling band and compelling music. If you're already a big Big Star star, then this will be up your alley. It's been a weird, sad week and something about music documentaries zeros me out. Kanopy's got a lot of them.
With all the Chico videos I've been watching today, you know I had to. I just love Marx Bros flicks, especially when they take the piss out of Nazis.
If you're new to their shtick, there are better ones ones but this is an awesome print. Their years started to catch up with them, but overall, this quite a funny movie. I think its time to dust off my physical library card and get some DVDs.