If your first love happened during the time when Tribe and De La’s sounds were giving way to those of Biggie and The Wu, when OJ was in a slow speed pursuit and Forrest Gump was the biggest film of the year, how can you say no to The Wackness?
The X Files: I want to believe is not a movie. Thus, if you bought a “movie ticket” for it, you got robbed. It is, instead, a pastiche of eye-roll-inducing clichés, pointless conversations, logic-defying coincidences and a production that, from beginning to end, is so lazy, sloppy and utterly idiotic that one thing is quite clear: It really is the perfect crime.
In the new documentary Encounters at the End of the World, we can sit down in a dark room and, through two senses—sight and hearing—be transported on a virtual tour of Antarctica with the philosophical filmmaker Werner Herzog as our guide.
A new documentary, Wonders Are Many, becomes a meta-document on the preparation for detonation in 1945 and the preparation for performance in 2005. Woven together by director Jon Else, who made his own award-winning documentary about Oppenheimer in 1981 called The Day After Trinity, this film returns to the subject with gusto, flair and a gift for synthesis.
Alex Gibney directed the Oscar-nominated Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room in 2005 and served as executive producer for the Iraq war documentary No End In Sight, which competed against his own film about torture, Taxi to the Dark Side, for the 2008 Best Documentary Oscar. Taxi won. His latest project is a rich portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson.
Hollywood has gone all angsty on us, subverting the superhero formula and giving us the likes of Hancock, a movie in which the hero is a fuzzy-cheeked alcoholic sexual harasser who is a self-destructive and everything-else-destructive jerk.