In 1996, when Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven were busy throwing every self-aware reference to modern slasher film history and the kitchen sink into Scream, their post-modern deconstruction of the horror genre, they proved to audiences that not only was the film itself aware of every shopworn, hokey cliche under the sun, but perhaps the audience knew more than they were conscious of, simply through having seen it all before, done with various degrees of skill, craft and inventive wit.…
On the spectrum of musical biopics, Marc Abraham's I Saw the Light is something of an oddity. Coming on the heels of such structural experiments and portraits of the artist as conduit for demonic-exorcism as Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy (Brian Wilson) and unique "in-their-own-words" documentaries such as Asif Kapadia's Amy (Winehouse), Brett Morgen's Montage of Heck (Kurt Cobain) and Amy Berg's Janis: Little Girl Blue (Joplin), all from just last year, this is relatively paint-by-numbers by comparison, however limited (and limiting) its portrait may be.
Note: Originally written as a film festival report, which can be read here:
In 1968, Stanley Kubrick made a little sci-fi-tinged art film called 2001: A Space Odyssey (perhaps you've heard of it). In July 1969, NASA landed a man on the moon for the first time with the Apollo 11 mission. The story goes that NASA faked the moon landing and enlisted Kubrick to make it look convincing. This conspiracy theory, a long-time staple of the internet and crackpot stoners everywhere, is the basis for the ultra-violent, absurdist "comedy" Moonwalkers.