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20,000 Days on Earth
A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.
Came in with no real relationship to Nick Cave or his music and loved this trip... It doesn't exactly enter F FOR FAKE territory, but it's just contrived and calibrated enough, with Cave openly musing about his fascination with narratives and instinctive need to embellish his own experiences, that it wouldn't shock me to learn that the "documentary's" only bit of truth – so far as these things go – is what I came in already knowing: Cave is a fringe rock star who spends a lot of time writing and recording songs. Maybe he doesn't live in Brighton, isn't married to a (stunning) woman named Suzie, doesn't have twin boys, doesn't see a therapist, and there's no team of…
"I am transforming, I am vibrating - I'm glowing - I'm flying! Look at me now!"
I used to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's much better now - I'm miserable all the year round these days - and one of the ways I used to get it under control was to take photos and videos of grey, rainy skies. If I could take the weather that was troubling me and turn it into a matter of exposure lengths and f-stops, I could control it.
One of the many, many, many revelations of Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth's new film about Nick Cave is that he used to do the same thing. Although Cave never struck me as the sort…
Nick Cave plays Nick Cave in a 'documentary' that at times seems to encompass larger cinematic proportions than you would typically associate with the genre. The film is presented as his 20,000 day alive since birth, 24 hours in the life of an artist, a husband, a Dad, a dreamer, a realist and a middle-age man living in Brighton. To call this a documentary is not really true in the strictest sense, regularly drifting into the fictional realm so often inhabited by its subjects songs.
Certainly if you are turned on by the idea of delving into an artists creative process, being taken into the confusing, restless mind that attempts to make sense of their life and world around them…
Memories don’t matter so much to me for I often tend to recall the bad ones: those in which I did something embarrassing or which are dominated by disappointment. Not that I am unhappy about the things I do, it’s just that the good ones fade much faster. Watching a guy recall his memories therefore doesn’t appeal to me as a concept for a ‘documentary’, especially since I’m not a Nick Cave fan per se, although this film fortunately centred on his latest album - Push the Sky Away - that I’ve acquainted more than the rest of his back catalogue. There way too much semi-philosophical mumbling that may work for his spoken-words style of song writing, but which, as…
When I talk about editing as a creative art form, I'm thinking of things like showing Nick Cave kicking the air, then cutting in mid-movement to his younger self completing the same move. Poetry, commentary and emotion in one cut.
This is still brilliant.
Now I will tell you how to slay the dragon.
20,000 Days on Earth is simply the feeling you get when something higher than yourself is levelling with you. Nick Cave, a being drifting around in the philosophical stratosphere at the dumbest of times, is an artist that I never expected to decipher, nor even appreciate. The trailer of this quasi-documentary suggests further impenetrable ramblings about 'Important Stuff', yet I can't imagine a more inviting and welcoming creation of random musings than this.
Tinkering with structure playfully, 20,000 Days's concept is slight yet expansive. Following Nick Cave's 20,000th day on Planet Earth (we can only assume he's spent many more days on other planets), it segues between reminiscing about the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a documentary like one you have never seen before, and it is a marvellous one at that.
Gaining an insight into the mind of a wonderful musician and man, we follow Nick, almost like a day in his life but not quite, it's almost like through this one day we take an entire Journey through his life, whilst only looking at a small part.
Although some of this may be fictionalised, you get a beautiful view into what touring means to a musician and what drives their writing and uniqeuness about their music.
The cinematography is perfect, down to the lighting, the continuous extreme close ups and switch between fast and slow paced cuts or surreal propaganda like…
This is a documentary about Nick Cave (and some of the Bad Seeds) which I liked a whole lot, and I recommend it even if you have no interest in his music.
I like Cave but I'm not exactly a fan— I probably would've gone crazy for him in high school, except that my sister got there first and played his records so much that I got sick of them, so then I ignored him for a long time and, even when enjoying some of his stuff later, always kind of felt like he reminded me too much of my own extravagantly depressive youth. So I appreciated that the movie is partly about the tension between "mature artist with lots…
I don't know what the fuck this film was suppose to be about? It was beautifully shot. It kinda was a documentary but filmed like a regular film. Nick cave's music is terrible idk the trailer to this interested me but it fooled me it sucked. Don't watch this unless you like nick cave. Whoever the fuck he is.
A music documentary, a portrait of a writer, a meditation on performance, and excavation of memory and psyche -- 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH is all these things and more. Poetic, insightful, understated, melancholy, raw, and yet still partly withheld, just like Cave himself.
20,000 Days on Earth is a very interesting documentary on the enigma of Nick Cave. The music is as expected, excellent. It is unique for a documentary as it's job is to emulate the mind of its subject, a very intriguing mind. I greatly enjoyed this documentary. If you're a music fan it's a must watch.
Not sure what this would offer a Cave neophyte or skeptic, assuming as it does a certain devotion to the man and his work (no chyron, e.g., labels Blixa Bargeld when he shows up shotgun) but it’s great fun for a longtime fan. Although Cave is always performing––befitting the triply-underlined theme that, yes, it’s possible to transform oneself by artistic, imaginative act––he’s a good, subtle actor, and his peculiar vulnerability persists. So, even when, e.g., the psychiatrist follows a series of childhood reminisces by asking Cave his greatest fear, a seeming non-sequitur that provokes seeming genuine, squirming reflection until Cave answers that well, it would have to be losing his memory, at which point it’s suddenly clear the conversation was…
Welcome to The Holy Motors of music.
The reason I love Holy Motors so much is because of just how much Denis Lavant puts into his performance. It may be the greatest performance I've ever seen. I'd usually be pretty confident in that thought, there would normally be no stutter in my thinking, no mental blink. Normally there would be no perhaps or maybe. But Nick Cave in this movie pushes him real close. I'm not an expert, to be honest I know fuck all about anything, but I do know what I love, and I fucking love this film.
I'm not even a Nick Cave fan, never been into The Bad Seeds at all. To be honest that is…
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This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Um mosaico traz a contagem progressiva da vida de Nick Cave com imagens desde sua infância até o 20.000º dia. Narrador e protagonista, Nick Cave se transveste ora de comediante, ora de músico obsessivo. Pai de família e “médium sensitivo”. Uma docuficção que ri de si mesma nos momentos mais ridículos característicos desse tipo de filme que mistura documentário com ficção e que ainda reserva tempo para ser muito séria e corajosa ao permitir pausas narrativas para que músicas inteiras sejam executadas – atenção especial para as performances de Higgs Boson Blues e Jubilee Street, esta última que praticamente encerra o filme e deixou meu corpo completamente arrepiado.
“Os lugares escolhem você”. Nick Cave se define basicamente de uma maneira:…
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
Taken from this Slashfilm article and Letterboxd-erized here, for my convenience (and yours).
Edit: I re-ordered them so the films…