Posts Tagged ‘John Goodman’

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LFF 2015: Live from New York! (Bao Nguyen, 2015)

October 13, 2015

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Anyone looking for a really meaty documentary on a still on-the-air television show may be put off when hearing of extensive involvement of the head honchos behind said property. Even more worrying is also finding out that the 40-year portrait of the series only runs 78 minutes (despite what IMDb may tell you), which doesn’t exactly sound like the most ideal length considering that the documentary is about Saturday Night Live, a television show riddled with myriad controversies, success stories and career implosions over those 40 years. If you have a hunch that Live from New York! might play like little more than a hagiographic, superficial skip through self-serving sound-bites, then… well, you’re absolutely right…

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The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius, 2011)

January 9, 2012

Originally written for Reel Time, now at Sound on Sight
This review contains some minor narrative spoilers.

Contrary to an assertion prominent in its now mammoth publicity machine, The Artist is not a silent film. There are actually some notable examples of diegetic sound within it, and aside from being in black and white, though originally filmed in colour, the film is not shot like a 1920s picture. Unlike the likes of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin’s 2006 film Brand Upon the Brain, there isn’t an attempt to directly replicate silent cinema so as to seem almost indistinguishable from that era’s films. What The Artist actually presents is a tale of a silent film star during the emergence and growth of early sound cinema, using the most prominent characteristic of that brand of film-making, the silence, to depict the world view and state of mind of its main character. Read the rest of this entry ?