Love & Mercy - ★★★★☆
I could have watched a whole movie with re-enacted studio sessions. God only knows how much more fun this movie is for someone who really knows the album.
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - ★½☆☆☆
A lot of times when I pick a documentary to watch, I pick something that addresses a topic that I'm interested in.
And: a lot of documentaries are primers to the topic they discuss.
So: they cover a breadth of information about their topic, but don't get especially deep.
But: because I'm already interested in that thing, I'm already familiar with the basics, and then I'm kind of bored with the movie.
This is not that. This is a movie for someone with a deep love of Wilco. Or maybe at least a passing familiarity.
Also: I couldn't help but wonder whether the filmmaker actually liked the band by the time this was all said and done.
Nightcrawler - ★★★★★
A lovely portrait of a sociopath. I think I understand what we're meant to think of him, but as an LA resident, I also admire his drive.
I wonder if this is the first time I've seen a Jake Gyllenhaal movie that's about the character Jake Gyllenhaal is playing.
Dope - ★★★★☆
This is turning out to be a great year for high school movies. Probably, one of the best trailers of the year too, in that the trailer was a weird music video kind of thing and I had no idea what this movie was really about. And the movie continues to be surprising in it's form almost throughout.
The scene where a character replaces the letter c in his speech with the letter b was a lot like the Monty Python scene where a character replaces the letter c in his speech with the letter b.