This So-Called Disaster Reviews

  • May 24, 2012

    A movie every theatre person should watch. There is something gratifying in seeing how universal theatre is. Even mega-talented stars like Woody Harrelson and Sean Penn get frustrated with characters and lines, bad acts, not understanding a scene. In a film their performances are so prestigious, you see the take where they nailed it, but the work that went into it is never hinted at. And you can't feel the electricity like you can in a live show. Watching their processes, although it doesnt' dive deep enough into it, and seeing and hearing Sam Shepard talk about it all, is just a treat for a buff like me.

    A movie every theatre person should watch. There is something gratifying in seeing how universal theatre is. Even mega-talented stars like Woody Harrelson and Sean Penn get frustrated with characters and lines, bad acts, not understanding a scene. In a film their performances are so prestigious, you see the take where they nailed it, but the work that went into it is never hinted at. And you can't feel the electricity like you can in a live show. Watching their processes, although it doesnt' dive deep enough into it, and seeing and hearing Sam Shepard talk about it all, is just a treat for a buff like me.

  • Aug 30, 2011

    Brilliant movie all actors MUST see.

    Brilliant movie all actors MUST see.

  • Jun 12, 2011

    We are so very lucky to have such a great look into the private process of Sam Shepard directing a play.

    We are so very lucky to have such a great look into the private process of Sam Shepard directing a play.

  • Aug 08, 2010

    In this documentary about theater, I enjoyed the quality of language used by the director, the way Shepard told his story, Gammon's acting, the diversity of activities that go on during rehearsal, including those to memorize lines, and the music.

    In this documentary about theater, I enjoyed the quality of language used by the director, the way Shepard told his story, Gammon's acting, the diversity of activities that go on during rehearsal, including those to memorize lines, and the music.

  • Aug 21, 2008

    The doc is fairly lean and lyrical in its revelations, it's more of a ode to Shepard and theater and actors more than an exploration of the craft's soul.

    The doc is fairly lean and lyrical in its revelations, it's more of a ode to Shepard and theater and actors more than an exploration of the craft's soul.

  • Aug 06, 2008

    Although not delving as deep as it could and coming off a bit pretentious at times, it remains fascinating throughout. The lack of notoriety of "The Late Henry Moss" can make things slightly hard to follow since the focus is on the backstory and production rather than the play itself. Those involved with theatre will love this, most others will probably be bored.

    Although not delving as deep as it could and coming off a bit pretentious at times, it remains fascinating throughout. The lack of notoriety of "The Late Henry Moss" can make things slightly hard to follow since the focus is on the backstory and production rather than the play itself. Those involved with theatre will love this, most others will probably be bored.

  • Feb 06, 2008

    Following the play rehearsals is only mildly entertaining. It's the reminiscent interviews with Shepard and Nolte that make it. And yes, Sean Penn really is a jerk.

    Following the play rehearsals is only mildly entertaining. It's the reminiscent interviews with Shepard and Nolte that make it. And yes, Sean Penn really is a jerk.

  • Sep 07, 2007

    A really fasctinating look at the inner workings of what it takes to get a huge stage show produced. The talent here! Sam Shepard, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, James Gannon, Cheech Marin. (One of these things is not like the other!) My favorite part / most surreal moment: when Woody Harrelson lies down in the aisles while getting notes from Sam Shepard.

    A really fasctinating look at the inner workings of what it takes to get a huge stage show produced. The talent here! Sam Shepard, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, James Gannon, Cheech Marin. (One of these things is not like the other!) My favorite part / most surreal moment: when Woody Harrelson lies down in the aisles while getting notes from Sam Shepard.

  • Jul 16, 2007

    Six actors and Sam Shepard; a room full of smoke and the so-called artistic process. Fair enough.

    Six actors and Sam Shepard; a room full of smoke and the so-called artistic process. Fair enough.

  • May 11, 2007

    yup its a disaster lol

    yup its a disaster lol