Crock of Gold: When punk went Irish

B+ Music documentary Directed by Julien Temple If you're not familiar with The Pogues, you have a treat to discover. For some 27 years (not including five inactive ones), this Irish band melded punk rock, traditional music, and deeply-felt left-wing politics. But film director Julien Temple doesn't seem to really care about the Pogues. His … Continue reading Crock of Gold: When punk went Irish

Collective – interesting story/boring movie

B- Documentary Directed by Alexander Nanau My press release calls this Romanian film a "docu-thriller." It's certainly a documentary, but it's not very thrilling. You won't be sitting at the edge of your seat. It's difficult to care about the protagonists because we never really know anything about them except for their work. Catalin Tolontan, … Continue reading Collective – interesting story/boring movie

More Mill Valley Movies: New Orleans, Laurel Canyon, & the Chicago 7

Since the drive-in experience, I've been watching Mill Valley Film Festival movies from the comfort of my couch. So far, I've seen two musical documentaries and two films about the 1960s - and I only saw three movies. A Take Me to the River New Orleans Here's one documentary that will make you tap your … Continue reading More Mill Valley Movies: New Orleans, Laurel Canyon, & the Chicago 7

How Jimmy Carter Rocked the White House

B Political & musical documentaryDirected by Mary Wharton Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President. It's a ridiculous title for a political documentary, and yet it's appropriate. This extremely flattering portrait of the 39th President spends most of its time covering Carter's love of music. But melody isn't what we think of when we consider Carter. We … Continue reading How Jimmy Carter Rocked the White House