Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Damn what a fine movie! I'm Not There is superb. Genius. A brilliant take on icons and iconography. Yes Dylan is the way in, but it's not a bio pic. John and I debate whether anyone can watch this who's not familiar with Dylan. I don't care. I'm too in love with it.
Cate Blanchett in the black and white. Charlotte Gainsbourg as the ultimate rock star mom at home, totally romantic, totally alone. The little guy riding the rails - pulling off an impossible conceit. Pretty much everyone is great. The filmmaking is brilliant. Just a glory to film, and film storytelling, and the culture that's existed in my lifetime.
(So much of it is so superb, but particularly love that Beatles & Bob frolicking on the lawn.)
Todd Haynes is a singular talent. One of our national treasures. I am so grateful to live in his world. (And to Christine Vachon and everyone else who made this possible, "Thank You!")
Don't miss it. Highly Recommended.
Update: Check out J. Hoberman's excellent, smart essay/review in the Village Voice.