Friday, August 01, 2008

Magnificent and Beautiful

Here I do something magnificent and beaut-
iful and people ask why. There is no why!
-- Philippe Petit on his Twin Tower stroll

***** ***** ***** ***** *****

These are the reviews and other as-
signments I'm working on this month.

Amazon DVDs: William Friedkin's The Night
They Raided Minksy's
, Stanley Kramer's The
Secret of Santa Vittoria
Jellyfish (Israeli a-
ward winner), The Price of Sugar, Twenty-
Four Eyes -
Criterion Collection, A Grand-

pa for Christmas (with Ernest Borgnine),
and Priceless (with Audrey Tautou).

Amazon Theatricals: Man on Wire (the best docu-
tary of the year), The Rocker (with The Office's
Wilson), Bottle Shock (with Bill Pullman and
Rickman), Lakeview Terrace (with Kerry Wash-
ton and Patrick Wilson), and Ping Pong Playa.

Still playing (or yet to open):
Brideshead Revisited, Gonzo,
Hamlet 2, The Wackness, and Wanted.

Siffblog: Jean-Luc Godard's Viv-
re Sa Vie
and interviews with the
Duplass Brothers
(Baghead) and
Courtney Hunt (Frozen River).

[Baghead and Man on Wire open on
8/8, Frozen River on 8/15, The Rock-

er on 8/20, Vivre Sa Vie on 8/22, and Lakeview Terrace on 9/19.]

Video Librarian: disFIGURED, Inside the Circle:
A B-Boy Chronicle
, Snoop Dogg: Drop It Like It's

Hot (I loved this), Depression - Out of the Shad-
ows, Love Iranian-American Style, Mixed Bles-
sings, Men Are Human, Women Are Buffalo,
Intimidad, REO Speedwagon: Live in the
Iggy & the
Stooges - Escaped
Maniacs, Water (from the makers of
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?),
We Are Together (South African
music doc), Phineas and Ferb:
The Fast and the Phineas,
and Recount (click here
for my Amazon review).

Endnote: Meanwhile, work continues on my special sec-
ret music project, which I've been at for four years now.
Images from The New York Times (James Ricketson/Mag-
nolia Pictures and Discovery Films) and
The Errant Aesthete.


marcy said...

Here's a link for the Video Librarian title "INSIDE THE CIRCLE: A B-Boy Chronicle"...


kathy fennessy said...

Thank you for your comment. I have created a link to the website, which I found very helpful. I enjoyed the film, and look forward to getting caught up on "Split Decision."

Anonymous said...

I just watched Man on Wire this afternoon and you're right, it really does put most thrillers to shame. Even though we know the outcome, it is still gripping watching the whole thing unravel and play out.

Plus Phillipe Petit is so excitable telling his story - he really couldn't sit still - that you wonder how he could have the paitience to pull something like that off.

kathy fennessy said...

Thanks for your comment, Chris! I'm so glad you had the same reaction. I watch a ton of documentaries, and "Man on Wire" really stands out from the crowd. If it isn't nominated for an Oscar, I'm calling foul. It's also inspired me to seek out some of James Marsh's other non-fiction efforts, like "Wisconsin Death Trip."