Mary Poppins Returns
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It's as if we're watching the equivalent of a VH1 special edited for an in-flight movie.
Unlike many documentaries about movies, it's neither underfunded nor perfunctory, but thoughtful and bracing.
Leaves us to wonder whether ever again will so many creative free spirits move into the mainstream in such numbers and with such success.
What's missing is anything resembling a point of view ... or the slightest sense of critical discrimination.
It's gratifying and exhilarating enough -- the movie's a foolproof greatest-hits clips package. But Christie is its major coup.
Here's a fireball documentary about the 1970s, when filmmakers were stoked by sex, drugs, rock and, oh, yeah, social conscience.
This is a must-see documentary for any film lover.
Demme and LaGravenese are just as happy to let the directors bask in their past glories and reminisce about those crazy days.
It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.
...less of a serious, insightful documentary and more of a nostalgic love letter.
The past is so bright here, co-directors Richard LaGravenese and the late Ted Demme must have worn shades.
Succeeds as both a primer for newcomers and as eye candy for established film fans.
Its a bit too general for my taste . . . and there are some strangely absent personalities. But if you are patient, there are some amusing anecdotes scattered throughout. Also, its rather fitting (and more than a little moving) that just about everyone acknowledges that Hal Ashby was the real king of the 70s . . his steady hand in the director's chair produced some the decades greatest films.
a fantastic doc about the young filmmakers who stormed hollywood in the seventies, producing a huge number of startlingly original films. directors like altman, hal ashby, scorsese and coppola along with so many others changed the way we watch movies forever in a decade when for once art ruled over commerce; a happy consequence of the breakup of the studio system, the meltdown of the sixties, and the influence of a generation of foreign filmmakers. it's sad we seem to be stuck in a decade of endless remakes and sequels that's all about the box office...
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