filmmaker + festival programmer.
⚡ for eli ⚡
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
M. Night Shyamalan is, full stop, one of maybe three (four?) consistently interesting American filmmakers.
Less so for the constant innovation that mark the work of his contemporaries, but mainly because of his unique ability to frustrate, provoke, and (most importantly) direct your emotions on such a minute, cellular level that leaves you feeling like an absolute rube for having been played so easily. He's one-of-a-kind in that regard. His best films - especially that initial, unbelievable (unfair!!!!) run of…
Really, really nice to see a documentarian as skilled as Erin Lee Carr get to tackle a subject that is *this* close to her heart, especially considering the current moment, the reach this will have, etc. Good for Erin. I was a pretty big fan of her work on HBO's I LOVE YOU, NOW DIE and AT THE HEART OF GOLD, mainly because of how sympathetic she was towards her subjects. She does good work.
I'm happy that she continues…
The movie itself is *sigh* perfectly fine and honestly toothless, but goddamn... what a massively fucked vibe it was to see the "77th Venice Film Festival - Official Selection" seal immediately followed by "The Daily Wire Presents" right after it.
[Oh and yes, duh, I stole this off of a vimeo rip]
Was honestly a little put-off up until that very last bit, facetiming the dude's mom in front of the crowd. That, and his classic dick-tucking bit, really got me. It reminded of how sweet Eric can be, and that his eccentricity is natural to him, not performative at all. He's earnestly an oddball and very comfortable with that. Total freedom!
I still don't know if regular-ass stand-up is the best format for Eric, but he really makes it his own,…