This post was written by STF blogger Aaron Cael.
“This film started out as a joke,” claims A PERFECT CANDIDATE director David Van Taylor. The joke being that after Oliver North served a slap on the wrist stint in prison for selling arms to the Iranians and lying to Congress about it, he’d be out and soon running for office. When that joke—cracked during North’s trial—became reality, the directors felt obligated to cover the race. The 1994 Virginia Senate race pitted an embattled Democratic incumbent against two independents with niche constituencies and North, a dark horse conservative with a far-right friendly past as a felon.
Incumbent Chuck Robb is a caricature of a late-20th century Democrat on the national stage: a well-meaning geek with vague positions and a handful of sex scandals who we first see onscreen wandering alone in the empty aisles of a supermarket looking for someone to shake hands with. He is gaffe-prone and easy prey in the sound-bite era of politics. At one point, he somehow thinks its a good idea to start his answer to a debate question with “I’d take food from the mouths of widows and orphans…”
Ollie North comes across as something else altogether: a god-and-country golden boy for whom his arms smuggling past isn’t a liability but a mark of his patriotism. As Van Taylor put it in the Q&A following the screening, “Ollie is the Godzilla ranging across the countryside in this film and Robb is the scientist you wish understood what the problem is a little better.”
The candidates are too managed and too remote to be the protagonists of this film, however. The interesting subjects are Washington Post reporter Don Baker and North’s advisors Mark Goodin and Mark Meritt. These figures gave the filmmakers the behind-the-scenes access in a pre-reality television meaning of the phrase. Van Taylor attributed the level of candidness to their persistence over the 11 months they spent following the campaign around. “We got a lot of nos before we got a yes,” says Van Taylor, resulting in an excellent scene where Meritt and Goodin talk the nuts and bolts of political campaigning with a surprising openness that serves as running commentary on the film’s events.
“We provide daily entertainment. What we don’t provide is serious solutions to the problems of the country.” – Mark Goodin
Spoiler warning: North loses, Robb wins. For the filmmakers, cutting the film so that this outcome was plausible to audiences was a real challenge even though that’s what actually happened in an election with national media exposure. They pull it off ably.
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Great essay, Thom. Many of us who write about books, serious literary fiction and literature in translation in particular, feel the same way; it’s a complaint commensurate with the shift/decline in print media.
Don’t discount blogs though. At least in the book world there are a lot of avid writers not only picking up where the old mainstream media left off, but finding new ways to critique and engage books (and pushing the blog format) – new online literary journals are popping up too, for the very same reason that there are more filmmakers: technology has reduced the barriers to entry. And now, former professional critics are becoming online critics, paid or not, and enjoying the freedom of the format and the connection with their audience that rarely existed in print. The result is an eclectic and vibrant mix of voices and I’d assert that if there’s an audience for doc films, which there is, then there’s the potential at least for the same sort of renaissance in doc-film criticism.
Bud Parr, blogger,
Words Without Borders
Nice going, Thom!
I’ve bemoaned the sad state of docu criticism on many occasions, but never really considered that there might be an alternative. Reading your piece made me realize what a boon reliably in-depth and insightful criticism would be to my work (and others’).
Maybe you should contact Pat Aufderheide. Now that she’s successfully revolutionized copyright, perhaps she can help fix things up in this arena. But seriously, I bet her Center could make a real contribution.
Thanks for opening eyes and pushing the field forward.
Thanks for the thoughtful analysis.
Problem is that we are dealing with “the Tyranny of Large Numbers”
When I was doing Network television in the early 60’s there were 4 channels- and a push from the FCC to do “ed B’castin” How does one do justice now to the abundance of programming bombarding us.
and more importantly-What in our contemp society encourages reflection, much less contemplation- we believe the lies because it’s easier than searching out the truth- and if they confirm our assumptions- so much the better.
But I, like you ,and thousands of others soldier on
—because even if unwanted or ignored- the pursuing of truth beauty and justice is our way of being in the world and I for one have no intention of changing course.
great essay Thom.
As a smalltown boy my own love of cinema was heavily reliant on film criticism. I didn’t have access to many of the films I was reading about (via by Pauline Kael, Ebert, and especially J. Hoberman, when I could find a Village Voice in Northern Ontario), but the writing fueled my interest and passion, and eventually led me to film school.
In Toronto, our best film critic, Geoff Pevere, become quite addicted to docs, and wrote incisively about them. I tangibly noticed what a difference it made in developing audience interest for the form here. Unfortunately we lost him to the Book Section!
But, I agree with Rosenbaum that sites like ROUGE (which is excellent) are picking up the critical slack, even if industry gossip sites continue get most of the hits.
Wow, this sounds great. Wish I had been there. Ever since I read her autobiography Dust Tracks on the Road, I have been obsessed with ZNH!
Also deserving a mention: the first Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Awards. Perhaps the fanciest documentary party ever, or, as one of the grantees commented, the scruffiest Gucci party ever. Not scruffy at all though.
Hey Thom, when are you going to head East and check out all the great stuff being made in East Asia? can’t you come to the Iron Horse, the Golden Horse or something?
Here’s a look back at the STFs I attended this past year:
As well as my own top 10 list:
Looking forward to the new season!
I spend most of my time reading and reviewing books, and interviewing authors. Engaging with the printed word is simply much more stimulating than watching 90% of the movies that are currently served up to the public..of the 10% that are worth thinking and writing about, I’d say most are documentaries…
This is, as you say, an interesting field in which to practice criticism; given the state of today’s media however, few are likely to be hired based on any particular knowledge of the documentary genre.
Good criticism is a function as much of what is criticized as of how the critic writes…and talented critics, when they have a choice, will always seek out the most challenging material, regardless of which medium it may appear in.
I saw VSPRS in Paris in October 2007 (on my honeymoon), and its was GREAT; I had no idea this was happening! Big fan of Sophie’s… glad to see PERVERT’S GUIDE get a run… and no idea she had done a VSPRS film…
Thanks for the update, Thom!
Great piece, Thom. Essential. A new doc criticism is necessary if only to encompass documentary filmmaking in countries like China, India, Africa and eastern Europe. Jia Zhangke, for example—Useless, 24 City—says he makes non-fiction films to stop the disappearing of images and stories and landscapes, endemic to postwar Chinese history.
Thanks Raphaela for your account of the festival. I read evey word and felt like I was there. You and Thom are the best. Hope Kevin and I will get to see you soon at IFC for a screening!
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Beautiful evening. I especially enjoyed the screening of the 12-minute short on “The First World Festival of Negro Arts” I loved how Greaves captured the optimism of that early period of African independence so well.
just read it – now am in tears. Britical you write so bloody well, I want 1000’s and more to read your words !
nice enjoyment had taken place i m feeling jealous.
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It was initially disappointing to see so many empty seats in that room the other night, for this will certainly turn out to be one of the real cinema-going treats of 2009, but the post-film Q&A;felt more intimate because of it (although that one dude telling Peter Davis what he did and didn’t stage was… well, I would rather not get into that right now).
Lucky for us, and shame on everyone else for missing out (though maybe Cannes had something to do with that?). It sounds like there are no immediate plans for Icarus to release the Middletown series in a more affordable DVD boxed set edition, but maybe if enough of us complain it will kick them/someone else into gear. After having only seen Seventeen and Second Time Around, this already stands tall as the Decalogue of nonfiction. I might consider lopping off a finger to see the others. Hopefully it won’t come to that.
It was mildly disappointing, I suppose, that the theater wasn’t jam-packed, but the real disappointment is that these films aren’t available on DVD. In an age when EVERYTHING is available for download or rental or Netflix, it’s inexplicable that we shouldn’t all be able to order up these six beauties with the touch of a button (and, okay, maybe a credit card).
As for the so-called ‘argument’ about what was staged and what wasn’t—with all due respect, you missed the point. It wasn’t that anything was staged, and no one, not I, who got the conversation started, and not the other dude in the row behind me (who I think is the dude to whom you’re referring), was suggesting that any scenes were staged, but merely the rather obvious fact that the actions of the subjects of documentary films are of course altered by the presence of the camera.
(My point, and I am happy to make it again, and complete it, is that the scene where the couple talks about how much money the guy spends on his stamp collection was in particular affected by the camera’s presence; that without a camera there, it is likely these two may not have recognized how silly and wonderfully trivial the conversation was; that they might not have laughed so charmingly about the whole thing… I think it’s one of the strongest scenes in a very strong film, and the moments of acute self-consciousness on both their parts contributes to the scene being so terrific.)
And by the way, not that it matters (and it doesn’t), but I happen to know that Peter Davis agrees with me on the larger point. Other families talked politics at the dinner table; as much as Dad may like to think we talked about politics too, what we really talked about was stuff like this.
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My vote for a great sports documentary goes to Blood, Sweat and Gears directed by Nick Davis
4TH AND GOAL – Coming soon. Sometimes the best is yet to happen.
Best Sports Doc? Blood Sweat + Gears Directed by Nick Davis
Thanks Thom for creating the CLIFF NOTES for the new indie distrib frontier. much much appreciated!! xo
I was at that IFP conference panel too and found it really fascinating. Thanks for filling me in on the TIFF and MoMa events. This is such a hot topic right now!
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait would be near the top of my list; and maybe Speedo! (Why not)
Racing Dreams would also be worth some discussion—a great recent entry in the motorsports doc canon.
One of my faves is Quantum Hoops directed by Rick Greenwald.
How about that little diddy, “OLYMPIA”, by Leni Riefenstahl?
STF should start a dvd/streaming video platform!
“The box office on MRS GOLDBERG should be higher – except most of the tickets are at senior citizen prices.”
Hah! Great piece, Thom.
Raphaela & Thom,
We are all so happy for you both and expect to be updated on the big news.
Raphaela was radiant last night!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!!
What do you mean ‘uncharacteristic’ profanity. Don’t be fooled by that sweet face . Bez looks like he’s saying “Thank you very much, but I would have preferred the warmth and comfort of ‘inside’ rather than being forced to endure the cold wintry American weather. Ah, but in the last two photos he seems more reconciled and perhaps comforted by being embraced in dad’s arms and snuggling up against mom’s warm breasts.
What an amazing production! Hope you will reap lots of benefit from your work…..
Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto (I hope) later this year.
Congratulations! Having recently concluded similar negotiations, albeit with the use of drugs (on the part of the father of the deal), we are glad to hear that yours was successful and not especially protracted, though, it probably did not seem that way at the time.
Congratulations to Thom, Raphaela, Bez and the Powershausen families!!!Wishing you health, quick recovery and the occasional bit of sleep.
What a production!!!!!
Without a doubt the best STF experience! Besos to both and congratulations!!!!
What a cutie! (no Thom, I was talking about Bez)This newest little addition is oh-so-lucky to be on board with a such great team. Welcome Bez!!
What a beautiful baby!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What wonderful news! Welcome to the world, Bez! Well, if you’re not ready to compete with Nina Davenport on the home-documentation front, maybe you could just do a Nikita Mikhalkov and film him once a year on his birthday! xoxo
!!congratulations to the powershausen clan!! fantastic work on the delivery, rafferty of my heart! can’t wait to meet Bez soon
Congratulations to both of you!! Wonderful news! Mabrook!!
Congratulations, Thom and Raphaela. That lucky little guy’s got an incredible life ahead of him guaranteed, courtesy of two of the coolest parents he could’ve hoped for.—mark
You used the BEST Doula in all of Brooklyn. Congrats on the birth !
Pleased to meet you Bezalel!
You brought your charms into a really terrific family…AND you sure will woo your singing Grandmother.
We wish all of you lots of love and hugs!
Too cute! Congratulations to your family
Congratulations and Best Wishes Welcome Bez
We sit here with tears streaming down our faces as we first see our beautiful grandson, Bez, held by his daddy and mommy.
How blessed you are, Thom and Raphaela, and both families too, to have this precious gift of life in our midst. We laughed out loud when we saw the doula’s name was Meghan, the very Irish name we’d chosen had a second daughter been added to our family of Thomas, Patrick, Jr and Maureen. And so the greatest journey ever begins for Bez and his parents.
With hearts bursting with joy and gratitude to God, we send you our love.
Congrats, bro and sis! Such a beautiful baby. Shelley and I can’t wait to see him in NY in a few weeks.
Is it true that there is a bidding war for the Director’s Cut of the Bris?
Raphaela looks beautiful and glowing:) Great job, guys:)
Welcome Bez! And Mazel Tov to your parents. WE can’t wait to see all of your joyous faces in person
I have a feeling……. that Bez was already very present at our lunch last Sunday and – even more so -in the afternoon.
Please come soon to the farm and stay long!
ML and Horst
OHMYGOD THAT IS THE SWEETEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i love the name!!!!!!!
so feminist too!!!!
can’t wait to meet him!!!
jasper loves him already.
Mazel tov! You couldn’t have picked a finer pair of parents to, er, represent you. Or to develop you? Make you manifest, express you—whatever they did, Powers and Raphaela did it beautifully! We can see that you’re a serious fellow, but we do hope you take the time to savor these first few days.
I’m so excited for you both, you all three, and I can’t wait to see you. Congratulations and love.
Raphaela and Thom—Congrats and so glad everyone is doing well! Can’t wait to meet Bez and welcome him to the world—enjoy your precious miracle!
Congratulations Raphaela and Thom! Will Bez be moderating the next Q&A
We are absolutely thrilled for you three.
Welcome to the world little Bez—many kisses await you.
Suni and Stephan
Congratulations! So much has happened since I was first introduced to you two. I can’t imagine two better parents for this lucky boy.
A big big congrats!!
I look forward to meeting him.
So cute! Congrats!
Marvelous accomplishment! My best to baby, mother, and father. Also my nomination for “best press release.”
Welcome Bez! Warm congratulations to your parents Raphaela and Thom, and the PowerHousen families!
Being a parent requires a sense of humour. I would like to share with you a wonderful editor’s message from a Toronto parent magazine. It goes like this:
A parent’s job description, if it was advertised:
Parents Wanted – Apply Within:
Long-term team players needed for challenging permanent work in a chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work days, evenings, weekends and 24-hour shifts on-call.
The rest of your life! Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a buck mule and go from 0 – 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, in case screams are not someone crying wolf. Must maintain character and coordinate homework projects. Must be willing to be indispensible one minute and embarrassed the next. Must assume final; complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
Possibilities for advancement:
None! Your job is to remain in the same position for years, constantly updating your skills without complaining.
None! You pay them. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18, of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left.
While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays, and no stock options are offered, this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, lots of laughter, and free hugs and kisses.
Raphaela and Thom, you are obviously up for the job! Mazel Tov!
All our love,
Stella, Kobi and Eitan
How wonderful! The world is already a better place. Congratulations, Thom and Raphaela!
The fruit of creation of your love that you have for one another is the perfect joy of having that baby boy cuddling warmly in your arms. Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy, BEZALEL!!)
My Best wishes!
Dearest Thom and Rafaela
Thom, your fathering an infant truly puts this event in the STF category. (You would probably respond that it’s Bezness as usual.)
Much love to both of you and Bez.
Congratulations Thom and Raphaela!
He’s beautiful and best of all—he’s only one!
felicitaciones! i hope our boys can meet one day soon!
Congratulations to you all – what wonderful news! And big big CHAPEAU for doing it all without silly interventions and drugs!!!
Welcome to the beautiful exciting world, Bez!
Lots of love from London
Mazel Tov !!!!!! We are all very excited by this wonderful news. Way to go Raphaela and Thom. We know that your parents, grandparents and all family members are elated. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto later this year.
Best wishes !!
BRAVO FOR BEZ!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to all 3 of you!!!!!!
What a brilliant article and an even more brilliant ending !!!
Can not wait to see you both and I am so very happy for you – congratulations .This is very exciting !!!
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Raphaela and Thom, CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a beautiful baby. It’s so awesome, just 9 months of production… 20 years of distribution though!
We’re next in the production pipeline -hoping for an equally auspicious premiere!
Our best wishes,
Almudena and Robert
I remember reading a story in religious school in the ‘70’s about a kid with that name (the gentile teacher wanted to call him Butch or Buzzy), but google-fu is failing me as to who wrote it.
Dear Thom and Raphaela,
I love the blog post and the photos! I was distracted by my first visit to Sundance (spectating and meeting folks) and arrived home to read about the great news.
Congratulations and best wishes.
My warmest congratulations, Raphaelochka! Molodetz!
Your new Commander in Chief is great! Lots of joy, happiness and strong health for little Bez and his wondrful parents!
Very happy for you,
Madlena, Dima Kroshka’s mum.
Standing ovation. Much love to you.
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BEZ!!! Congratulations Thom and Mrs. Thom! I have indeed been lost in the Sundance fog, but this is definitely the best news of the week. Very cool. Wishing you the best of luck and at least a little sleep.
And the winner for the best photo layout and script introducing a new actor with superb supporting roles for his parents…Bez! Congratulations! —Howard
Congratulations! What a gorgeous addition to the family!
Beautiful baby! I hope the furniture is ready. Can’t wait to meet Bez.
Matt, Alicia and family
Congratulations on the cutest baby ever and pretty much the best baby announcement too! Enjoy every minute!
Congratulations once again !!
This is the most unusual and a beautiful welcome note…would love to see him sometime.
Wow, how amazing. Congrats to the whole family!! Bez is adorable. Hold him tight, because he is going to grow up before you know it. We loved the announcement. Can’t wait for regular updates. Hope to catch up with you guys in the summer. All our love,
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On Wednesday, Kenner paid a visit to STF where the film played strongly on the big screen. Introducing the night, STF host Thom Powers noted that it was somehow fitting to hold the screening on the day when Lent begins “because this film will make you want to give up all food.”
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I enjoyed watching “The Kids Grow Up” and attending drinks afterwards (I usually have to head home!). FYI, the nurse in the photo is also documentary filmmaker Claire Panke.
Thanks for ID’ing me Theresa! I’m a documentary filmmaker AND a nurse – thanks.
Just came across this. Great idea, especially presenting work from radio, audio, photography, writing etc. Needed. We have noticed that some festivals are including audio documentary. Our little Fest in Dayton does that. Will tell our audio buddies out here and in the City to submit work.
Be sure to notify the SALT Institute in Portland Me. and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies…each have a focus on writing, audio and photo.
Cute baby photo.
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The films preseved by the Registry are not just the big movies that appear on most lists.
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What the film really moved me is the questions it raises regarding the role the government itself plays in creating these so-called terrorists, and the complicity of law enforcement informants acting as agents provocateur. It reflect the truth and give us more sypathy with it. This film is really good and thanks for your sharing.
i can learn from You’ve Been Trumped,which reflect the Trump’s development of a massive golf resort in an ecologically sensitive sand dune region in Scotland, and returned with a chronicle of his outright hostility to the plight of a small group of nearby property owners deemed by the business tycoon as a threat to his development.This must be a greed world and we have to be more self-contrled and have a sypasy towards life. Thanks for your sharing and it’s a very nice film which can give us more thoughts.
Nice voice！I mean，Dixie Chicks always sing beautiful songs，And as we all know they often have their own position and political view，too。funny!But who does not？In this country people can support different parties whatever they like.I would like to see this film regardless of the politics.By the way,I really love their music！Thans for sharing！
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Apparently the producers didn’t have teens of their own, or didn’t pay attention to them.
As I recall, the film focused on large, impressive homes—not the tiny ranch house in which one of the most popular talking heads lived.
I had gone to Webster Groves High School a few years before “16 in WG” was filmed. It was a thrill to see the excellent photography capture the personalities of my teachers, and the self-satisfied energy of the Glee Club under the charismatic “Miss Rep,” singing, “This is my country, land of the free”—which I always found irritating.
But the manipulation and lazy political correctness of this TV show shaped my own writing and reporting in the opposite direction. Approach your subject with an open mind, gather information and viewpoints, and THEN tell your story.
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Who needs to spend hours scrolling through twitter when it’s all here in one bite-sized chunk. Great work!
P.S. Berlinger and Sinofsky were robbed!
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Hey Tim. I just tried the Bowers link and it seems to be working now. Thanks for reading all.
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Hi Ken, An equally smart man such as yuorself should be able to engage in debate without misquoting the other person. At no stage did I refer to carbon trading as an innocuous tool, so please give me the courtesy of not putting words in my mouth. I spoke of it as a tool e.g a scalpel is a tool: hardly innocuous, and capable of being used for great good or great bad depending on how it is employed.It would also be good if you engaged in the discussion, and the different elements that need to considered, rather than bypassing the detail and pointing solely at polemics that agree with your position. Of the two webpages you provided, one wouldn’t load and you should read the other one more closely. The Greenwash Awards site comments that carbon trading has failed to reduce carbon emissions, because there are too many carbon credits in the system. Good comment but doesn’t that also identify a clear way of revising the system? I realise we’re in a throw-away society, but discarding the whole idea because it doesn’t work perfectly at the outset seems very hypocritical, especially when the problem has been identified.The same site goes on to say that business backed carbon trading and offestting as the main ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions –allowing them to evade actual cuts . I agree 100% that it is ridiculous if such a system allows business to keep polluting as usual . That’s why I clearly stated that any carbon trading tool needs to be coupled with methods addressing other parts of the problem (i.e. reducing emissions). Without doing that, and without realistic caps, a carbon trading system does absolutely nothing.In flagging these concerns and again I freely acknowledge that there are concerns and issues that need to be addressed with carbon trading no one has yet answered my question above: i.e. what is better: current world fossil fuel consumption PLUS burning forests, or current world fossil fuel consumption WITHOUT burning forests? As I also stated, it might not be perfect, but it’s a major step in the right direction *while* (and that’s a key word) the other parts of the problem are being tackled.Being informed is about more than accepting other views without question. Perhaps a bit more engagement and research would help from yuorself, rather than simply relying on what the web is telling you. If we wait for everything to be perfect, it will never happen. In the meantime, positive work is underway on ground in Aceh whether that is happening in an ideal world or not.Best wishes,Niall.
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I find this hoopla over the NC17 to be quite silly. Here’s the deal: the MPAA is an uanifr organization marked by poor priorities, terribly consistency, and rendered completely stupid by the fact that it’s actually run by the big studios. The application of the NC17 is inconsistent at best and irresponsible at worst, but let’s face it, Shame is very much and NC17 movie. It’s a movie for adults and not at all for young teens or children.The issue then becomes the stigma, which I reject completely. This is a capitalist world and in the end it all comes down to money. The kinds of films that traditionally get NC17 ratings are not big blockbusters. They’re usually films that would get limited advertising for a limited release anyway. And guess what, if Shame gets a lot of awards buzz and a lot of interest from mainstream viewers, advertisers and theatre chains will make sure to get in on that money. The fact is, most ordinary people don’t even know what the NC17 is, so any stigma is crap. Completely manufactured and amplified by the fact that there are so few NC17 movies, they are usually given the rating for sexual material, and the films that get the rating usually wouldn’t play outside of the four or five major markets anyway.
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Tarkovsky is my favourite dietorcr so I own all of his movies (all 7 of them) from Kino International to Criterion versions. I own the book that Stalker’s loosely based on, Roadside Picnic , and I’ve played the 3 PC games that were inspired by the film. :O)The reason behind why I’m not a Godfather fan is because I don’t like the Italian mob. Cosa Nostra et all really bother me because of the Italian cliche9s that has resonated throughout the decades and the whole living with your mother who cooks spaghetti for you, etc is an annoyance. I also hate the you mess with one of us you, mess with all of us ideal because I believe that everyone can fight their own battles, which is why I much prefer the Yakuza; they almost never get into fights because they’d end up in wars and bloodshed. I’m going to rewatch The Godfather one day just so I could watch the second at one point in my life. I’m told that the first two films are basically one long movie and that the third’s the epilogue. Again, I hate the Italian mob so I’ll need to get in the mood. But Goodfellas is a movie that I love. It’s not mainly about the riches and the power, it’s about the hard work that goes into being a footsoldier and that I can relate to.I also didn’t like Pacino in the first Godfather film; I thought that his performance was decent at best but also that his character would not have become the Godfather that he turned into because I didn’t see it in his character to become that. It was lacking the portrayal. But that’s just me, and now that I’m far more experienced in movie watching I may enjoy it more, especially its cinematogrphy.
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It was also nice to see a film that really did put the western men it followed in a good light, as it showed they were only trying to find someone to love which, let’s face it, isn’t a bad thing :)
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