The Outsider (2006)
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Critic Reviews for The Outsider
Jarecki's tour of Toback's world may glean more than probe. But as these kinds of trips go, even looking at the scenery yields fascinating sights and stirs worthwhile curiosity.
As is often the case with Toback's films, even as you're shaking your head at his shameless self-indulgence, you can't help but keep on watching.
The Outsider, Nicholas Jarecki's starstruck documentary about the writer and director James Toback, is a tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today.
Jarecki certainly thinks his subject deserves such an accolade, and he's made a great-looking film to make his case, one that is edited gracefully and briskly -- and leaves the heady aftertaste of birthday cake.
Among the great docs about moviemaking.
Audience Reviews for The Outsider
The actual coverage of the making of When Will I be Loved is pretty lazy, most of the 'making' of that film is covered in montages with a song thrown over the soundtrack. The more interesting parts of the film are watching Toback interact with some of his friends.
I caught this really late one night on TV right as i was about to call it a night. An hour after the movie was over i was still searching for movies, interviews, stories or anything i could find involving James Toback. In terms of getting me excited to see this particular movie the documentary isn't great. But in terms of showing me one of the great people in film today, it succeeds by leaps and bounds. I've never seen a Toback movie and barely knew about him before i saw this. After i saw this movie i would've killed to be at that table with him and Keitel!
Fun doc for fans of and those employed in the film biz. Some very interesting and candid interviews with various highly quotable artists. Starts off as a too-glamorized portrait of Toback, but then evolves into interesting as we watch how the man works and witness that distributing an indie personal flick is always hell, especially, and even, for this man. It was enjoyable but not a breakthrough composition in terms of the film, sort of just standard fare biopic montage of interviews and old photos with the main thread of the piece being the documentarian's footage of Toback's then newest adventure in film-making.
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