These are a list of films I either really like or love that either not enough people have seen or…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Music documentary on the life of Nick Cave.
Neither a music documentary nor a concert film.Bad seed Nick Cave in a journey through his memories, voices from the past revisit him in a daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving and still contains the most electrifying performances especially higgs boson blues.I couldn't have asked for more..the man was never going to be ordinary.
Pretty pretentious until Warren Ellis arrives
That was quite a trip.
It's great to see a "realistic" documentary of an artist for a change. You know, this thing isn't filled with Nick Cave going to the grocery store, jogging or having a casual little breakfast. No! He is being the unreachable, nearly extra-terrestrial ghost he always is.
I don't necessarily like his persona, but it really is an interesting one and the semi-fictional documentary approach really gives a complex and, as such, a very confusing look at his peculiar life, ideas and way of making music.
The high point was definitely the final song: Jubilee Street which was mixed with hundreds and thousands of clips from earlier performances, which really was the icing on the…
I saw this film two weeks before Nick Cave's son Arthur died. My mind is still with the scene where Nick and his children are eating pizza in front of the TV.
I quite like Nick Cave but you'd have to be a complete devotee to really enjoy this fictionalised, scripted documentary. Some of his insights are fascinating but also occasionally overbearing and portentous. However it's imaginatively shot and contains some fine insight.
Carpool Karaoke: Brighton Edition is marvelously slippery and hazy, and Nick Cave as shimmering scarecrow angel is the equivalent of walking lens flare. Warren Ellis is terrific and deserves a film of his own.
Would pair well with HOLY MOTORS and a nice chablis.
After having conversations about Nick Cave with a bunch of different people over the past few weeks I figured it was about time I finally checked this out.
I really enjoy Nick Caves music from all his projects and seeing this was a great brief insight into the man behind all the amazing music.
I really enjoyed this alot. I really loved all the scenes of Nick in the car with the various people and really loved the scene when he was going through the stuff in his archives.
Anyone who is a fan of Nick Cave or just a fan of music needs to check this out.
"I love the feeling of a song before you understand it. When we're all playing deep inside the moment, the song feels wild and unbroken. Soon it will become domesticated and we will drag it back to something familiar and compliant and we'll put it in the stable with all the other songs. But there is a moment when the song is still in charge and you're just clinging on for dear life and you're hoping you don't fall off and break your neck or something. It is that fleeting moment that we chase in the studio."
Here's the other list I published at the same time:
100 Highest Rated Entries on Letterboxd Directed by Women.
These are the greatest films I have ever seen.
I will update as any that are worthy pass my eyes.…