Posts Tagged Ron Howard
strong documentaries expose you to subject matter in a novel and enlightening manner. it might be a subject of which you know very little or a subject with which you’re familiar. the best documentaries make you want to read and research, discuss and debate. that’s why I’ve belonged to a documentary film group for five years. I tend to favor biographical, political, social justice and music documentaries.
directed by: Ava DuVernay
written by: Spencer Averick and Ava DuVernay
–our criminal justice systems needs serious reform. this documentary painstakingly delves into our prison system. It’s a moving, upsetting and infuriating call for change.
directed by: Mat Whitecross
–while I classify myself a Blur girl, I also love Oasis. I love Britpop and alternative music. I didn’t know all that much about how Oasis formed or how brothers Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher grew up with an abusive father. I know music was a way out for many British bands in the 90s. The film documents the band’s meteoric rise to fame and its collapse. There’s a moment on tour when Noel quits the band in Los Angeles and takes off to a female fan’s place in San Francisco. He ultimately re-joins the band and ends up writing a song about it. Being a long-term music critic this film hit all the right notes and all the right emotive spots. I laughed. I cried. I stood in the theater lobby with four strangers discussing it all.
directed by: Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn
written by: Matthew Hamachek and Brian McGinn
–going into this one I definitely had an opinion. it’s like the OJ Simpson case, how can you not? I’d read Amanda Knox’s riveting memoir and still learned quite a bit about the Italian judicial system and being locked up abroad (don’t do it) watching this documentary. Nearly a decade ago in 2007, Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested, charged and convicted of the murder of Amanda’s roommate Meredith Kercher. Remember the supposed orgy and its aftermath as well as Knox’s nickname “Foxy Knoxy.” Because of course if someone’s sexually open she *must be a murderer. Amanda serves prison time until the conviction is overturned but then there’s another trial. While the United States criminal justice system remains a mess the Italian one seems outrageous. It’s not what one expects in a European nation. There are so many flaws in the investigation and numerous questions about the process that this documentary attempts to address.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week– the touring years
directed by: Ron Howard
written by: Mark Monroe
–it’s always cool to learn something new about music legends. while I’m familiar with the music I don’t know as much about the band’s history and specific historic moments. There’s an excellent cross-section of fans interviewed from Whoopi Goldberg to Sigourney Weaver to Eddie Izzard. It’s a sweet love letter to a band from a genuinely sincere Ron Howard. It’s not messy or scandalous or a sexy film but wholesome family fun that one expects from Ron Howard.
12 Years a Slave [Oct 18]
Director: Steve McQueen
starring: Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt
–a free black man from upstate New York gets abducted and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War United States
Touchy Feely [Sept 6]
Writer/director: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Rosemarie Dewitt, Ellen Page
–A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Enough Said [Sept 20]
written and directed by: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
–a divorced woman learns the man she’s interested in is her new best friend’s ex-husband
Rush [Sept 27]
directed by: Ron Howard
Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Chris Hemsworth
–great competition between two British car racers in the 70s. looks amazing.
Don Jon [Sept 27]
written and directed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly, Tony Danza
–guy addicted to porn. written and directed by JGL looks to have a lot to say about mass culture.
Gravity [Oct 4]
director: Alfonso Cuaron
starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
–an accident leaves an astronaut and an engineer adrift in space. this looks so freaky.
Runner Runner [Oct 4]
written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien
starring: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck
–not sure why Justin Timberlake’s been cast as a college student. It’s another of those off-shore entrepreneur meets an online poker player.
Captain Phillips [Oct 11]
Dir: Paul Greengrass
starring: Tom Hanks
–based on true story of ship hijacked by Somalian pirates. I’m all in.
Great Expectations [Oct 11]
directed by: Mike Newell
starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Flemyng, Toby Irvine
–A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [Nov 29]
starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Tom Bosley died yesterday after a short battle [according to his family] with lung cancer.
He’s best known as the affable dad on TV’s Gary Marshall-created Happy Days which ran for 11 seasons from 1974–1984 and most notably featured Ron Howard [Richie Cunningham] before he went off to become a renowned director.