Genghis Blues Reviews
OK, it had a few nice moments... and now I know where Tuva is.
Academy Award nominee!! Get OUT!
So I'm finally trying to get around to watching all of Francis Ford Coppola's movies, and hopefully soon I'll be getting to
Stanley Kubricks. As part of this, I snagged [b]Apocalypse Now[/b] via the ol netflix connection. It's an absolutely crazy movie, and you can never ever predict what will end up happening next. The ending was amazing, and it's one of the most beautifully shot movies I've ever seen. It's hard to watch in some respects but at the same time I feel like I could watch it all the time. I don't really know what to say other then it's necessary for anyone and everyone to watch.
Now way back when, I think it must've been in the paper, but I read about a documentary called [b]Ghenghis Blues[/b], and I rember it supposedly being a great movie. I never actually even remembered entirely what it was about other then that the title sounded cool. But years and years later, I've finally seen it and it's just an absolutely amazing movies. It gives amazing insight into music, and culture and the world as a whole and is a great portrait of a lost blind blues musician who found a calling in a musical form over halfway around the globe from his home. It never gets slow and is always enlightening.
The film is a documentary on Pena's trip to Tuva, to participate in a contest of Tuvan throatsinging. I'll leave you in the dark as to whether he wins or loses. The thing that you'll come away from this film with is a major win: the beauty of two entirely strange cultures, joined by music. Pena's appreciation for the people he encounters is inspiring as well, and the reception he recieves is truly gratifying to watch. But the thing that struck me was that the Tuvan culture, nearly squelched by years of Soviet oppression, survived and was so valued by a blind blues musician from half a world away, and discovered by chance..... and the result is this shining combination of people.
This film is a beautiful and joyous experience, and so much more than a travelogue. It's about how music can unite people whose lives are vastly different.
Fun with Dick and Jane[/b] - It's good to see Jim Carrey doing a mindless, carefree comedy again. It's not a particularly good movie, but there are still still enough chuckles here for a mildly entertaining evening. I saw this a while back.
[b]Genghis Blues[/b] - Met one of the directors at Sundance who handed me a copy. Turns out he lives in the bay area too. It's a pretty interesting documentary about a blind blues musician who learned the Mongolian art of throat singing from listening to faint signals on the radio. During a concert in the US, he eventually met the Mongolian national champion of throat singing, who was impressed by his skill and invites the American to go to Mongolia to participate in one of their competitions. This was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary category in 1999.
[b]Kinsey [/b]- The nature of the subject matter automatically makes this a curious movie.
[b]The Russian Specialist[/b] - Dolph Lundgren wrote and directed this so I was curious. Wasn't really paying attention to it, but it didn't make an impression.
[b]15 [/b]- It's kinda bizarre so you can't help, but watch until the very end.