Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (2008)


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Filmmaker Ted Schillinger turns his attentions toward a most unusual friendship with this documentary focusing on the warm bond shared between outspoken capital punishment proponent Robert Blecker and Tennessee Death Row inmate Daryl Holton. A mass murderer who strongly believes that the death penalty is a just and necessary punishment, Holton knows that his time will soon come, and spends a good deal of time discussing such topics as mercy, courage, and morality with the New York Law School professor whose efforts played a key part in ensuring his death. The result is a film that gravitates between humorous and deeply disturbing as it focuses in on one of the most controversial moral dilemmas of the modern era.

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On a deeper level (and a skillfully conscious one on the part of filmmaker Ted Schillinger) it's a portrait of two men's utter loneliness in their thoughts.

Mar 13, 2009 | Full Review…

A thoughtful if dry discussion of the death penalty revolving around the titular gentleman.

Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As for the filmmaker, Mr. Schillinger remains neutral to a fault. His documentary, while compelling, can also be frustrating.

Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Just as its subject likes to hear himself talk -- often in ever-more-vague blasts of logic clear only to himself -- this cheap-looking doc gives him lots of air.

Feb 26, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead is straightforward as documentary filmmaking, but it's fascinating as a dialectic on fairness.

Feb 26, 2009 | Rating: B+
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As it turns out, its titular subject makes it one of the few genuinely problematic documentaries to come along in a long while.

Feb 24, 2009 | Full Review…

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