Crazy Love (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 15, 2011

85. Crazy Love (Available for streaming on Amazon, available on DVD from Netflix)

Here is the trailer for Crazy Love.

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Crazy Love is a documentary that is amazing when you don’t know anything going in. If you are interested in seeing this, do not read my blog post.

At the beginning of the story, we hear about a beautiful girl named Linda Riss, who is living life and meets a man named Burt Pugach.  They start dating and he wines and dines her, and impresses her with his extravagant lifestyle.  Linda plays along until she finds out that Burt is married and has a child.  They break up.

Linda meets a nice man and after some time, they become engaged.  Burt, who was obsessively in love with Linda, hires some men to attack her and they throw lye in her face, disfiguring her eyes and leaving her almost completely blind.  Burt goes to jail and remains there for some time, while still professing his love for Linda.  He starts sending her money, and he is let out on parole so that he can keep sending her money.  The story moves on, and the SHOCKER that I was NOT expecting at all was this.

Burt and Linda ended up MARRIED to each other.

Yeah, the guy who paid people to attack her and ruin her life.  Hmm.

The rest of the movie was me trying to understand how this happened, but it seems sort of obvious.  Linda was in a terrible situation without being able to find someone to share her life with who wasn’t turned off by her injuries or intimidated at the thought of having to care for her.  Burt came back around and said that he loved her and would take care of her.

I typed that but I still don’t really get it.  Not my situation though.  Even if you have read this far and have spoiled it, I still suggest you watch it, I thought it was really well done, and it was fascinating.

Crazy Love is available on DVD from Amazon for $15.99.

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Bill Cunningham New York (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 31, 2011

83. Bill Cunningham New York (available to stream on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Bill Cunningham New York.

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Bill Cunningham New York documents the life of famed street style photographer Bill Cunningham.  While the world is currently swarmed with photographers documenting street style, Bill Cunningham was one of the pioneers that essentially created the idea of shooting regular people wearing clothes, be it designer goods or things you can buy almost anywhere.

Bill tours around New York City, on a bicycle with a camera around his neck (shooting film in this day of digital), wearing his trademark blue coat.

I really loved this film, but at the same time, it left me with a bittersweet feeling at the end.  Bill started our a career in fashion as a fabulous milliner, creating hats under his label William J.  He lost his financing while serving his country after being drafted, and ended up being given a camera which started this career shooting style on the street. He ended up with columns in the New York Times, which is his best known work.

The part of the movie that delves more into the private life of Bill Cunningham was the bittersweet part of the film for me.  (Although I think that perhaps my ideas of how I would live my life and what Bill thinks are very different.)  In a tiny studio/apartment in Carnegie Hall, Bill’s home life is a giant archive of all of this previous work.  It is made clear through the film that he is absolutely in a relationship with his work, and that he lacks in deep contact with other humans.  Other friends in the building, people he works with, his subjects, they all know him without knowing him.

I recommend seeing the film, Bill is an interesting and funny character, and is unique in a world seemingly full of style photographers.

Bill Cunningham New York is available on DVD from Amazon for $19.99.

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Skyline (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 29, 2011

82. Skyline (Available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Skyline.

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I did not expect much from Skyline because it looked like a sub-par B movie. I wasn’t totally wrong.

So, a bunch of attractive people with a rich friend (hey it’s Turk from Scrubs!) are partying it up, and wake up to an alien apocalypse.  Obviously.

He sure hopes that JD is alright.

Apparently the aliens inflict some sort of more severe version of the “hungry vampire” look from The Vampire Diaries.  That is no good.

I know! Let’s go on the roof with a handgun!  We will definitely come out on top.

Enough snark.  I don’t even think I’ll write any more about this.  I will say that I didn’t hate this movie, it’s definitely good for a popcorn-action movie type of evening.  Check it out.

Skyline is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.75.

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F-ck: A Documentary (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 3, 2011

69. F*ck: A Documentary (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the NOT SAFE FOR WORK trailer for F*ck: A Documentary.

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F*ck: A Documentary is an examination of the alleged origin of a vilified word that is quite popular.  Broken into chapters about different dislikers of the word, it is full of interviews with both proponents and opponents of the word.  All in all, it is very entertaining.

Hunter S. Thompson, who the film is dedicated to, shares his wisdom in F*ck: A Documentary.

Other notable interviewees in the film are Tera Patrick, Kevin Smith, Drew Carey, Sam Donaldson and Alanis Morissette.  There isn’t much more about it I want to say – it’s something you would either be interested in watching, or totally not.

F-ck: A Documentary is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.58.

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Helvetica (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 22, 2011

67. Helvetica (available for streaming via Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Helvetica.

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Helvetica, as many of us know, is a font.  However, what you might not know is that it is literally EVERYWHERE.  This documentary was released in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the initial creation of Helvetica.

I really enjoyed this documentary – there is no other typeface on earth that is this widely used.  There is also not another typeface with this much drama surrounding it!  Lots of designers were interviewed in this documentary, and some of them love Helvetica for its simplicity, and some hate it for its invasion of all things type.  I highly recommend a viewing of Helvetica.

Helvetica is available on DVD from Amazon for $20.99.

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