Dirty Wars – One part documentary, one part recreation, and one part storytelling excellence equals the adaptation of Jeremy Scahill’s latest book of investigative journalism. Scahill has been on the front lines for the war on terror since 1998, years before the phrase was even coined. Based on his book of the same name, Scahill tracks down the hidden war, the war that is happening behind the war we see on TV, the dirty war that might be the real reason for a decade-plus and two wars that Americans have fought abroad. Conspiracies, corruption, cover-ups, just another day in Afghanistan. Written by … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.07.13
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, from first timers Tom Bean and Luke Poling, is an engaging and succinct document of a man’s life. Running just under 90 minutes, Plimpton! manages to inform who George Plimpton was, where he came from, what he did, and the legacy and impact he has left behind. Most born at the end of the 20th Century probably have no idea who George Plimpton was, and this will introduce them to a very unique voice. For those that knew about Plimpton and read his books, this will provide more. There are moments that some will be familiar with, and some that no one has seen or heard before, including audio of the deposition that Plimpton gave LAPD the night his friend and candidate Robert Kennedy was shot. The documentary is compiled from a collection of archive materials, audio recordings, footage from TV specials, and talking head interviews. It is well constructed and follows Plimpton’s life in a linear fashion. From childhood, to editor of The Paris Review, to his work as a participatory journalist, his personal life, and finally back to his most famous work, Paper Lion.
3 Geezers – If these geezers were in their twenties, they would audition for Jackass, if they were teenagers, they would be labeled ‘troubled youths’, and if they were in preschool, they would fit right in. J Kimball (J.K. Simmons) is researching a role for an upcoming movie and spends some time with these degenerates in a retirement home. When it becomes clear that he is in too deep, he calls on his Hollywood friends to put these old farts in their place. Makes perfect sense to me. Basil Hoffman, Lou Beatty Jr., Tim Allen, Scott Cann, Breckin Meyer, and … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.24.13