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Janis
Janis (1974)
8 months ago via Flixster
½

Good Documentary That Doesn't Get in Its Subject's Way

Very good, narration-free documentary that intercuts performance footage with interviews. This is a straight compilation film, using then-existing material. I don't think there was anything shot specifically for this film.

For such an electric talent, it is especially good that the directors just stay out of the way, and not try to staple significance, meaning or whatever to their subject. They just let Janis Joplin sing and speak for herself.

And, that's the best thing you could possibly do for a Janis Joplin doc!

Cruel Intentions
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Strange that this, out of so many movies, is getting a re-release.

First Man
First Man (2018)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Sterile, antiseptic, largely uninvolving biopic. Gosling is much better than I though he would be. And, the bone-rattling opening of Armstrong being shot through the sky in an X-15 properly gives the feeling of how rattling it must have been to be flying these aircraft and spacecraft. But, Chazelle directs in his standard clinical, detached manner, and the film score is fairly passionless.

New York, New York
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Dark, dour, depressing Scorsese misfire that features an abusive, totally unlikable De Niro character, aimless improvised dialogue, and the bizarre choice of using backlots instead of Scorsese's hometown to protray Scorsese's hometown.

If you worship Martin Scorsese, then maybe you think this movie is a masterpiece, or whatever.

But, if you are anyone else, you are likely going to find two-and-a-half hours of Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli endlessly yelling at each other VERY hard to take! They pretty much just argue constantly. And, De Niro seems like he's playing a character so unlikable, it's like he's warming up for "Raging Bull." He treats Minnelli like garbage, and you just want to take a baseball bat to him pretty much throughout the whole film.

The Kander and Ebb songs are great. And, some of the music staging works very well. But, that's pretty much it. One conceit is that Scorsese seems to be wanting to recreate that shot-on-a-backlot feeling. But, for someone from New York City, it definitely seems odd that Scorsese is shooting this movie pretty much anywhere BUT New York City!

I think this is the movie where Scorsese said he was hopped up on drugs the whole time. Not much of an excuse, considering he was spending other people's money.

The only good thing to come from this movie is that the song "New York, New York Theme" which was soon after recorded by Frank Sinatra.

Gilda Live
Gilda Live (1980)
21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Hilarious reminder of how great Gilda Radner was!