Thursday, June 08, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Double Features (Movies That Go Well Together)
For the second week of June 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We go into the idea of double features of films that go well together. What better to see one film than see two films in a row? That is always fun to do as here are my picks.
1. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story/Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Parody films have been a lost art and have been diluted to stupidity thanks in part to fuckheads for life in Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer who don’t deserve to be called filmmakers. Thankfully, there’s been a couple of spoof films that managed to be funny as well as make fun of the clichés in the world of films relating to music. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a dead-on parody of the wave of music bio-pics that emerged in the mid-2000s with John C. Reilly giving one of his finest performances as well as be an incredible singer. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a film that is also smacked-on about the recent wave of music documentaries of current pop stars of the moment from the Lonely Island group with Andy Samberg as a pop star trying to launch a tour for his second album with disastrous results.
2. Burden of Dreams/Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
The world of making films is tough as making-of specials sometimes just try to sell something that might end up not being good. Yet, two films about the making of films prove not just how tough it can be but also what has to be done to create something amidst all sorts of adversity. Les Blank’s Burden of Dreams explore the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo from the early footage that would feature Jason Robards and Mick Jagger to then re-doing the entire film with Klaus Kinski in the lead role as well as the struggle to drag a steamship on top of a mountain. Hearts of Darkness collects all of the footage that Eleanor Coppola had shot during the production of her husband’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now that include new interviews directed by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper about the troubled production that included horrible weather, health problems, and all sorts of shit showing what it takes to create a film and nearly kill yourself doing it.
One epic bio-pic of a controversial figure is big enough but two with a total running time of nearly nine hours? Well, that is a challenge as Steven Soderbergh’s bio-pic on Che Guevara and Olivier Assayas’ bio-pic of Carlos the Jackal are intriguing films that share similarities in their conflict with the status quo and capitalist society but both films would also have a rise-and-fall scenario. Soderbergh’s bio-pic on Guevara is a two-part film that explores Guevara’s rise in liberating Cuba and speaking to the United Nations in the first part to his fall and failure in his attempt to liberate Bolivia. Assayas’ film on Carlos the Jackal is about the terrorist who would be a rock star of sorts in the world of terrorism is told in three parts in its miniseries format as it tells his rise but also eventual fall in the 1990s following the fall of communism in Europe.
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