Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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The greatest rock and roll doc ever. Usually music docs are all the same; some live footage, some talking heads, some still shots, repeat. This time they got an actual film maker to work on this and it shows, a masterpiece of editing and composition that perfectly captures the time, place and personalities. In the past decade the Pistols have seemed as mainstream and tiresome as the Crue so that it's easy to forget they were in fact so much more, this film will single-handedly restore that feeling.
Alan Freed! Chuck Berry! Johnny Burnett! The Moonglows! The Flamingos! LaVern Baker! Frankie Lymon! And Tuesday Weld when she was a cute kid! Too bad they deleted Frankie Virtue and the Virtues, a good pre-surf guitar band of the era who would no doubt be better known if they had been left in.The otherwise obscure Jimmy Cavello & the House Rockers are pretty cool white jump-blues group, but the inclusion of pop dreck like Teddy Randazo or the Bowties is just embarrassing, not everything that came out of the 50's was cool you know, I seem to recall that Pat Boone sold a ton of vinyl at the time. My DVD copy also has a double feature in The Rhythm and Blues Revue, from 1955 which has Big Joe Turner, Cab Calloway, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, The Larks and the Delta Rhythm Boys.
There were two attempts to give the Poe classic the German expressionist treatment, a short U.S. version in 1929 and this longer French version in 28, both are essentially the same. Slow dreamy camera work with plenty of symbolism but with the acting being more muted than usual for the era, the people are basically props for the starkly beautiful sets and camera-work. Poe's work is well suited to this sort of thing but these films are the equivalent to still photographs.
Worth seeing for the classic time travel sequence (which won an Oscar) and for the presence of the truly beautiful and etheral Yvette Mimieux. Way better than the remake (of course) regardless of the no doubt smaller budget and lack of CGI.