Herzog’s take on a subject is always unique, because he usually brings a camera someplace very strange, like, say, Antarctica, Death Row or a French cave full of ancient paintings, and simply records what he sees, eventually cutting together an oddball view of a small part of the world.
It’s been 30 years since Craig Decker teamed with Mike Gribble to start showing people cartoons. You probably know them better as Spike—Decker’s nickname—and Mike, and their various touring shows, the Festival of Animation and the grownups only Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation.
Throughout his prolific career, Steven Soderbergh has been a master of switching genres. He was an indie god in the early 1990s, a prestige director at the turn of the millennium and a big-ticket guy in recent years.
I’m old enough to remember when Dave Grohl was overshadowed by Kurt Cobain. But he’s done pretty well for himself since Nirvana ended with Cobain’s 1994 suicide. After 18 years of success with Foo Fighters, Grohl has stepped behind the camera to make his first film.
Every year, movie nuts do their best to see every nominated film before the Oscars. The ceremony’s been bumped up by a couple of weeks this year, which cuts down the amount of time film fanatics have to get to the theater.
It happens now and again. I have a movie to see and time to kill beforehand. In one recent case, I was an hour early for a press screening of Stoker, the first English-language film from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook, at Hillcrest Cinemas.