This So-Called Disaster Reviews

June 18, 2004
One of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play.
June 17, 2004
In its vision of the push-and-pull of rehearsal and the revelation of how a play comes to breathing, snorting life onstage, Almereyda's video brings us close to the act of creation.
May 21, 2004
Ultimately, you leave This So-Called Disaster with renewed respect for Shepard, who comes off as a kind of quiet hero: a man of words, confronting his past with little fuss, and from it creating a legacy.
May 7, 2004
Theater lovers are likely to find the film interesting even when it zigs and zags.
May 6, 2004
It's fun to see actors doing what they do and to see them through the eyes of a director.
May 6, 2004
An unbridled orgy of uninhibited Stanislavsky.
April 27, 2004
Not as insightful as Topsy-Turvy or Vanya on 42nd Street about the process of putting on a show, it's nonetheless a fascinating meeting of the minds.
April 22, 2004
Anyone interested in the challenges and techniques of acting -- which is really to say, anyone interested in human behavior -- should turn off E! and head down to Film Forum, where Mr. Almereyda's film opens today.
April 22, 2004
The details of Shepard's life ... are fascinating, particularly to fans.
April 22, 2004
Given Almereyda's access and the level of talent before him, it conveys surprisingly little about the character-building techniques of Shepard's formidable cast.
April 21, 2004
Offers a rare, fly- on-the-wall view of three Hollywood bad boys -- Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Woody Harrelson -- as they rehearse for a play in San Francisco in the fall of 2000.
April 21, 2004
Among the many skills required by a documentary maker is the ability to make reticent people blossom. Michael Almereyda has done that in This So-Called Disaster.
April 21, 2004
Michael Almereyda's low-budget documentary about nothing more cataclysmic than the process of staging a play.
April 21, 2004
Both resonant and skillfully devious.