This documentary about the Brooklyn rock band The National centers on lead singer Matt Berninger's fuck-up brother Tom, who toured with the group as a roadie and fumbled a documentary out of the experience. Given that the band is one of the best and most exciting out there, this is akin to a profile on the Yankee's water boy, or close-ups of the Mona Lisa's frame. There's surprisingly little concert footage, and revelations about the group's dynamics or creative process are few and far between. (The interview questions essentially satirize the format: Do you get sleepy on stage? Where do you see the band in 50 years?)
There’s a not-insignificant part of the population that considers the biggest corporate threat to America to be not an energy giant or weapons manufacturers but Monsanto, the agriculture giant involved in genetically modified seeds and other “Franken-foods.” A key part of the American food debate, which is so linked to health issues, agribusiness has gotten little attention in movies other than documentaries, which is why At Any Price is a particular disappointment. Like Promised Land, a similarly earnest, similarly unsuccessful attempt to delve into the problems of the heartland, Price never feels comfortable in its own skin.
Last year’s V/H/S was an unexpectedly strong entry in not just the horror genre but also—even more surprising—the tired found-footage subgenre. Sporting a murderer’s row of gifted directors, the anthology film was able to concentrate on horror’s natural strengths (kinetic energy, social commentary) while limiting the genre’s weaknesses (an often-fatal apathy towards character development and nuance).V/H/S/2 is more of the same, but shows how vulnerable the formula is to become tired and repetitive.
Why set the movie in Paris? Was it so you could take a trip to Paris?!
It seemed like the natural place to start the story of a young college graduate trying to find himself, and love, on his first European trip.
Many of the screenings will feature celebrity introductions; Sean Young will introduce the April 5th screening. Black herself is presently battling cancer, but she has pre-recorded a Q&A for the Easy Rider screenings. An exclusive clip from this interview is below, in which she discusses why she thinks the film did so well; part of it is because cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs was willing almost to fall from a helicopter just to get a shot!
But is this a brand new day in film financing that has the potential to change how Hollywood works? Probably not! But it's still cool! Except when it's really troubling! A breakdown...
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