Alien Boy: The Life And Death Of James Chasse Reviews
February 22, 2013
Artfully made pillorying and "Monday Morning Quarterbacking." The conclusion is front-loaded and heavily reinforced through repetition before even mildly contrary thoughts are permitted voice. Sympathy misdirection is often employed by showing images of James Chasse the child while talking about James Chasse the adult. Whatever truth the movie contains - there may be much of it or there may be little - is made suspect by the employment of these techniques. Basically, what we have here is "Fuck tha Police" for the NPR crowd. N.W.A. delivered that limited message in a 5 minute anthem (and even at that length were testing the limits of the theme); it doesn't serve as well as the foundation of a 90 minute harangue. ALIEN BOY is very well executed, though, and provides satisfying dismay porn for the audience who enjoys gasping, tutting, and moaning their shock and disapproval.
March 13, 2013
Great film. Saw it twice, once in Montana and again in Oregon.
February 25, 2013
Be prepared for a visceral experience. Indelibly seared into my soul. Humanity; continue to nurture its strength, its potential for healing. We must recognize the fabric of healing, of understanding the power in the darkness of our souls. This movie does not let us escape this knowing. The impact of inhumanity rings clear.
February 24, 2013
This documentary literally changed the way I look at this city of ours. I never imagined something like this could happen in the stark light of day on a crowded street. This film was hard to watch, but utterly important and enlightening.