Born On This Day – September 29, 1912

“What happens to the characters in my films is not important. I could have them do one thing, or another thing. People think that the events in a film are what the film is about. Not true. A film is about the characters, about changes going on inside them. The experiences they have during the course of the film are simply things that ‘happen to happen’ to characters who do not begin and end when the film does. In Blow-Up, a lot of energy was wasted by people trying to decide if there was a murder, or wasn’t a murder, … Continue reading Born On This Day – September 29, 1912

Born On This Day – September 28, 1950

“There’s a basic structure to movies. It’s rigid and reductive. In a movie you only deal with core relationships: a protagonist, an antagonist. But in a novel you can do whatever you want. You can introduce characters that disappear for a hundred pages. You can have a dozen plot lines that interweave and overlap. In a novel, you get to be God. That doesn’t happen in the movies.” “I’ve always felt like I was on the margins. Once upon a time that’s what independent used to mean.” –John Sayles Continue reading Born On This Day – September 28, 1950

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

2013 saw a slew of musical documentaries: Sound City (dir. Dave Grohl), Muscle Shoals (dir. Greg Camalier) and 20 Feet From Stardom (dir. Morgan Neville). The latter of the three went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary and revive the career of Darelene Love — who sang her excitement at the ceremony when the movie won — but the first two, Sound City and Muscle Shoals, are notable because of their exploration of the location as well as the music. Now defunct, Sound City was about the studio in Van Nuys, CA where iconic records like Rick Springfield’s … Continue reading TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

BALLIN’ AT THE GRAVEYARD

Washington Park, Albany, New York. Here, men with the nicknames of “G”, “Pookie” and “Boozer” rule the court. They are not professionals, but they are far from amateurs. When they play, they play hard. Their game is pick-up basketball; their court is the Graveyard. Ballin’ at the Graveyard, which will play at The Boedecker in Boulder on Sept. 28 and at the Landmark Mayan in Denver on Sept. 30, is a heartfelt look at men of the Graveyard. We learn anecdotally that the nickname comes from the history of Washington Park, which may have been built on top of an … Continue reading BALLIN’ AT THE GRAVEYARD

JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE

Jimi: All is by My Side, Academy Award winning screenwriter John Ridley’s second foray in the director’s chair, is a biopic of famed guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. André Benjamin, of Outkast fame, plays Hendrix. Benjamin happens to look so similar to Hendrix that I wonder if this movie was willed into existence for that very reason. Not that Hendrix isn’t deserving of a movie, or several. Just another unknown in 1966, Hedrix exploding onto the scene one year later, but by the end of 1969 — with only three albums recorded — he was dead and buried. Hendrix is arguably one … Continue reading JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE

A FIVE STAR LIFE

On the surface, Irene (Margherita Buy) has it made. As a luxury hotel critic, Irene jet sets across the globe, stopping at the most picturesque locations, staying at the most luxurious of hotels and dining on the most phenomenal of cuisines. And the best part about all of this, they pay her to do it. Nice work if you can get it. I imagine that when Irene was twenty, this was the glamorous life that she dreamed of. No attachments and no major responsibilities. Just the sheer pleasure of getting paid to travel. Now that Irene is pushing fifty, she’s … Continue reading A FIVE STAR LIFE

WE ARE THE BEST!

Two twelve-year-old girls are upset with the world around them and want to break free. The year is in 1980, the place is Stockholm, Sweden and they want to join the Punk Scene. They are not going to let the lack of musical instruments or knowledge of how to play them, stand in their way. No self-respecting punk rocker would. Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin) have the attitude, and that’s all that matters. Based on the graphic novel by Coco Moodysson, We Are The Best! begins with the friendship of Bobo and Klara. Both come from similar backgrounds, … Continue reading WE ARE THE BEST!