Friday, June 17, 2016

De Palma Movie Review

Directors Jake Paltrow, Brian De Palma & Noah Baumbach (r)

Brian's Song

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma's career started in the '60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way, and Mission: Impossible. In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field. In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all.

De Palma admits he's "driven by unrealistic ideas." Realistic or not, he's a brilliant/creative director, and (rather surprisingly) a fascinating watch in Baumach & Paltrow's De Palma. It's only fitting that he tell his story... without competing points of view. It's a unique way of producing a documentary, one that takes some getting used to; but by the time he starts sharing tales (Cliff Robertson/Obsession = priceless) odds are, you'll want to update your Netflix queue with a few of his forgotten classics. Brian's diverse catalog showcases his unrivaled versatility; and the stories in between, are just as good.

Grade: B+