The first time I saw Sugarman
I cried at the end: this time I cried on the way through. It recalled a cold November night at the Roundhouse when this fragile old man with poor sight had to be led on stage but came alive in his music: vitality, life force, has nothing to do with age. Appropriately, went with my daughter; given the dignity and love of Rodriguez’s daughters on screen.
Rodriguez and Philippe Petit have this is common: both have lived their lives true to their own values and resisting the cultural BS they, like we, are surrounded by.
You can still pick up Man On Wire
occasionally at the Prince Charles Leicester Square. It might even pop up again at the Rex Berkhamsted (if you’ve never been – go. You won’t be disappointed). Always watch any movie at the cinema if possible – offers the ‘lose-the-frame’ scale and uniqueness of the close-up; both lost or diminished, even on big tvs. (http://www.zettelfilmreviews.co.uk/2008/10/cinema-versus-dvd-essay)
I find the writing is usually a better guide than Direction etc. Also, as much of the best stuff is using the time and space TV series offer - worth keeping an eye out there despite the point above. So look out for:
- Aaron Sorkin’s (West Wing, Social Network
etc) biography of Steve Jobs
- David Fincher’s Girl Who Played with Fire
; 2nd in the Millenium trilogy. (all 3 are on DVD in the pretty good original Swedish versions)
- Don’t miss The Hunt
– already released.
- I Wish
– Japanese film (Rex: 2.30 – March 11th)
– Michael Haneke (Bit near the bone for me after a recent illness but Haneke is superb).
- 2nd series of Sorkin’s The Newsroom
on Sky Atlantic
- 3rd series of Borgen
- 2nd series The Bridge
It’s interesting how the Scandinavians are writing all the best women’s parts – Sarah Lund, Lisbeth Salander, Saga Noren, Birgitte Nyborg etc. Unlike Hollywood even some of the men are half-way grown up too.
PS – always watch good movies with an emoting man: we need all the encouragement we can get.