• BubW

    ★★½ Watched by BubW 02 Mar, 2015

    Watched 3/02/15

    View

  • Lasse Marhaug

    ★★ Watched by Lasse Marhaug 26 Jun, 2015

    What could have been a very interesting documentary about 70s icon Paul Williams is spoiled by director Stephen Kessler's infusion of his personal issues into the film. Williams comes across as a sympathetic and reasonable guy, while I just wanted to slap Kessler, who comes across almost like a parody of a self-centered obnoxious film-maker. Surprised this sad mess was even released.

    View

  • Bill Stiteler

    ★★★½ Watched by Bill Stiteler 11 Jun, 2015

    Less of a documentary about Paul Williams than a friendly battle between the idea of Paul Williams in the filmmaker-fan's brain and the actual guy who went through the stuff. Kessler is trying to impose a narrative on Williams, Williams calls him on it, while trying to structure his own narrative, and Kessler puts it all in the film. I'm not sure how it works as a documentary, but it's like a fascinating "Making Of" feature of the film itself.

    View

  • Sam D.

    ★★★★ Watched by Sam D. 28 May, 2015

    Hard to tell if it’s narcissism or self-deprecation at work here, honesty or indulgence—though really it’s probably all of the above. There's a good amount of emotionally resonant material here, but one suspects Paul Williams Still Alive would benefit greatly from the documentarian shutting his mouth for one goddamn minute.

    View

  • Peter Krueger

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Peter Krueger 20 May, 2015

    Equal parts about the brilliantly talented and inspiring Paul Williams, and his personal stalker/documentarian/big scaredycat ninny Stephen Kessler. Try to guess which one of these men is more interesting.

    View

  • Jason Tarver

    ★★★½ Watched by Jason Tarver 13 May, 2015

    Interesting but flawed look at the singer-songwriter Paul Williams. The biggest problem with this doc is the filmmakers insistence on putting himself at the forefront of the film far too many times. Otherwise, it was great seeing that not only is Mr Williams still alive but he is happier than he has ever been.

    View

  • dantesring

    ★★½ Watched by dantesring 28 Apr, 2015

    One of the things that all truly great documentaries share is that moment where the film defines itself and becomes something more than what the director had in mind. Two fine examples are CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS which started its life as a documentary on street performers before becoming a tale of a family destruction from within, or THE THIN BLUE LINE which was originally intended to be about a psychiatrist which then turned into a film that served justice for…

    View

  • Mully Mullennix

    ★★★ Watched by Mully Mullennix 28 Apr, 2015

    Fun Doc for people my age that remember this guy and Carson and the Muppet show, etc. I really enjoyed this.

    View

  • Hollie Horror

    Watched by Hollie Horror 16 Apr, 2015 2

    I just want to go on the record that I really hate having to rate a documentary on Paul Williams so god damn low.

    The director of Paul Williams Still Alive is Stephen Kessler, a self-proclaimed fan of Williams who does a very poor job documenting his idol's life and career. Instead, Kessler interjects himself into the narrative so much that it becomes nauseating.

    For a majority of the running time we're witnessing Williams' annoyance with Kessler; from Kessler asking…

    View

  • Chase Eiland

    ★★★ Watched by Chase Eiland 13 Mar, 2015

    A bizarre documentary about a tortured genius. Ended up being way too much about the director.

    View

  • Jason Taningco

    Watched by Jason Taningco 10 Mar, 2015

    The life and music of Williams is good and interesting enough to fill a movie. Too bad this movie is filled with the director talking about what it all means to HIM and inserting HIMSELF into as much of the movie as Williams. All the meta stuff is clumsy and stupid and eye roll inducing.

    View

  • Dan Bergstrom

    ★★★½ Watched by Dan Bergstrom 09 Mar, 2015

    There are a lot of different ways to go about a music documentary. You have the "let's give the subject a metaphorical blowjob for 90 minutes" approach. You have the "talking heads dissect everything" approach. You have the "get yourself invited to Ginger Baker's South African compound and antagonize him even though he's a complete dick who might not have a problem killing you" approach.

    This film comes from the "way, way, WAY too nervous superfan stalks his idol and…

    View