Going into this, I thought it would be more documentary than concert footage. For what little archival segments there are, it really elevates the concert, which just kept growing and growing and growing. What a wonderful celebration of Black culture, feminism, and family. The concert was a massive achievement and this doc hammers home the positive messages that are illustrated from the performance.
(Filmspotting Marathon Best Picture Series - #2 - Horror (Sam), reviewed on Cinecast #55)
I'm still reeling from the final twenty minutes of this, which is completely bonkers. I don't know what to make of it, but I do appreciate the craft of the film.
You can tell it's really low budget but rather than looking cheap, it looks inexpensive. Enough camera tricks and lighting techniques keeps things fresh and maintains a horrific tone. I especially like whenever people enter…
-Fun action scenes, pretty exciting to see the war take to the beach like many World War II films of old.
-Really neat to see a closer look at the Rebels. We have the more organized Rebellion with Mon Mothma and Senator Organa present. We also have the extremists who also oppose the Empire, but go about their opposition in a much more violent way.
-Lots of nods to the original trilogy, which is to be expected. A little too…
(Filmspotting Year-End Top 10 Series - Adam's #9 of 2005, reviewed on Cinecast #36)
The editing is so effective. The combination of Treadwell's own footage and Herzog's unique documentary footage compliments each other so well. There's a purposes to every interplay between the two sources, whether that be to contradict Treadwell's viewpoints or to highlight the beauty of nature. It's part nature documentary, part musing of a mad man, a sprinkle of Herzog's opinions, a drizzle of death, and a couple doses of bear poop.
Oh, and those foxes are so cute.