I watched Fabien Constant's Mademoiselle C earlier this week, chronicling Carine Roitfeld's transition from editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris to creating her own biannual magazine, the CR Fashion Book (and her coinciding move from Paris to New York).
I love Mlle. Roitfeld - she's the epitome of Parisian chic - but the documentary, while entertaining, feels a bit disjointed and unfocused, and I think because Roitfeld lives and works in such drama-free environments (unlike Anna Wintour), there's not much juice to be squeezed from her life. But your admiration for her will grow exponentially when you see how respectfully and warmly she treats all of those working around her (again, unlike Anna Wintour).
I started a whole thread on the amazing music doc's on Netflix in the Music section. Just for this alone they are doing God's work - this is a remarkable, empathetic, penetrating and fascinatingly diverse look at how white and black America saw stardom and their stars - it has real POV to it. The music pieces are fantastic but the social commentary angle is really a font of information that even I didn't know and I'm a fan (also fascinating in a different way is how the documentary treats America this great melting pot in strictly black and white terms - Hispanics or Asians tough luck I guess).
Recommended for everyone to watch whether you know his music or not.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Mar 16, 2019 17:39:55 GMT
Life Itself, the Roger Ebert doc. Really love the guy but I didn't find this piece all that illuminating. The most interesting aspect was its examination of Ebert's relationship with Siskel, which I had heard was fraught but oh my god I didn't know it was THAT fraught.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Apr 3, 2019 5:09:28 GMT
All This Panic - a glimpse into the lives of several Brooklyn teenage girls transitioning from highschool to adulthood, filmed over three years by Jenny Gage. Really illuminating and intimate doc. Takes a page out of Linklater.
Netflix - Exhaustive, gut-wrenching, lengthy investigation of this case. Makes you feel creepy for being interested in the lurid details (and all true crime in a way) and creepy for wanting to then turn away from those lurid details because to truly contemplate them is almost overwhelmingly horrific.
A couple minor flaws - unnecessary re-enactments (some in bad taste even), redundant but overall sobering stuff and reminiscent in the early episodes of the film A Cry in the Dark and how we judge or forgive someone (ie the parents here) that we only know about through news coverage.
"I don't like you! You are a genuinely terrible person!"......pupdurcs Oct 29, 2020
"God I MISS people like pacinoyes" - pupdurcs/scrudpup - Feb 26, 2017 on Gold Derby
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Apr 26, 2019 12:42:44 GMT
Watched Ken Burns's The Central Park Five last night. Harrowing subject but somehow depressingly commonplace. I could have sworn I've seen a documentary with this exact same narrative many times: aggressive detectives/prosecutors hammer innocent disenfranchised suspects (usually black) during interrogation to the point that they coerce false evidence/confessions out of them implicating them or others and subsequently getting them convincted and sent to prison where they will serve hard time that can't be taken back. All of this only to discover years after the fact that oops they were wrong and they're sorry about that, and here's a settlement check.
The documentary definitely leans on the subject matter and expects the viewer to feel indignant wrath at this miscarriage of justice, and I did, but I do feel like there was something missing from this. I loved the first hour with its rigorous detail, as it laid out the night of the crime itself; the activities of these boys in the park, the way they were brought in for questioning, their experiences in interrogation, their families' reactions to all of it, and all from firsthand accounts. Where the film loses me somewhat is in the second half with the trial and sentencing procedures, which were handled somewhat vaguely, as it peters on to the end.
It's worth seeing for the interviews of these five men alone if nothing else. It'll anger and disturb you, but unless you've been living under a rock, nothing in it will shock you. 7.5/10
Short, kind of introductory and mostly unfulfilling bio on Robert Johnson. Examines the crossroads story, talks about his influence and gets into the "27 club" (the worst part, who cares?). Less than a hour, there's not enough on the songs and artistry and some of it that gets into his influence (Stones, Clapton, Muddy, Zep etc) is vaguely insulting.
I read and watch everything on Johnson so it's not a bad way to spend 50 minutes and if you don't know him maybe it will serve as a good intro......