Frederick Wiseman's new documentary, AT BERKELEY
In AT BERKELEY we witness the autumn 2010 semester at a university in crisis, yet thriving. Mr. Wiseman uses the institution’s settings—the meetings, classes and protests—as stages to play out its multifaceted drama of people and ideas.
–Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
Frederick Wiseman’s AT BERKELEY isn’t only a study of the contemporary American university, but, like all of the filmmaker’s best documentaries, a wide-ranging inquiry into the larger institutions and contradictions that define life in the United States.
–Andrew Schenker, SLANT
It’s a state-of-the-nation masterwork, a vitally important piece of work, and should be seen by as many people as possible.
–Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist
One of Wiseman’s best, a summation of sorts of a career’s principled filmmaking.
–Leslie Felperin, VARIETY
And this is a good interview with Wiseman at, of all places, Entertainment Weekly
Mistaken For Strangers Trailer
A documentary about The National on tour in Europe, and the disconnect between lead singer Matt Berninger and his brother Tom, who went on tour as a roadie and wanted to make a film of the tour. I wouldn’t think The National would make good subjects for a documentary, but this looks great, in what may be a very depressing way.
[via Vimeo and film.com]
Trailer for documentary about The Stone Roses, ‘Made of Stone’
I’ve never paid much attention to this band, but it’s interesting how many singers and bands have come from Manchester, England. Among them, Stone Roses, Oasis, Badly Drawn Boy, Def Leppard, Buzzcocks, The Chemical Brothers, The Bee Gees, The Fall, David Gray, Peter Hammill, Happy Mondays, The Hollies, James, Johnny Marr, The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, Swing Out Sister, Inspiral Carpets, and, of course, Freddie and the Dreamers.
Trailer for ‘Big Sur’, based on the Kerouac novel, dir. by Michael Polish and featuring Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Anthony Edwards, in what may be the best film realization of Kerouac’s work ever made.