Molly Cameron, Movies NYC
I hate daylight savings. Yeah, yeah, we got that one extra-special hour of sleep and now it’s lighter in the morning blah blah blah - shenanigans. First of all: who needs extra sleep on a Sunday morning? Isn’t most of the population sleeping in until brunch anyway?? Second of all: who cares if it’s lighter in the wee hours of the morning when it’s PITCH DARK at FIVE O’ CLOCK IN THE PM?? Sheesh. If you’re doomed to be shrouded in darkness, you might as well catch a bunch of documentaries before DOC NYC week ends. Here are my quick picks for the last four days:
Undefeated - I’m not a football fan and I’ve never had any desire to watch Friday Night Lights (which Undefeated has been repeatedly compared to), but this close-up look at a Memphis high school football team looks to be the Hoop Dreams of football. The camera follows a few key players in their senior year as they juggle schoolwork and playing, ultimately creating a film about the struggle to succeed at more than just touchdowns.
11/7, 6:30pm & 11/8, 3:45pm; IFC Center
Ballymun Lullaby - Maybe it’s my Commitments-induced weakness for Irish accents or maybe it’s because I’m nostalgic for my concert choir days, but this trailer just gave me goosebumps and a smile. And hey, if Glen Hansard can get behind this movie about kids from a rundown housing project and their very own Mr. Holland, then I can too.
11/7, 9:15pm; IFC Center
Better Than Something: Jay Reatard - I just gotta say: I’m listening to Blood Visions right this second and MAN it still makes me sad that Jay Reatard is dead. Which is why I’m happy about this film, which caught Jay (aka Jimmy Lindsey) on a break from touring in 2009, less than year before his death. The mix of interviews plus the rare footage of his early concerts make this totally worth seeing on a big screen.
11/8, 8:30pm; IFC Center
I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad and The Beautiful - Did you know that Jonathan Demme makes documentaries? Maybe someone needs to revoke my Film Minor, but I sure didn’t. That said, I’m psyched to see what the guy behind The Silence of the Lambshas to say about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Sure, there have been many takes on this subject already, but Demme chooses to follow just one tough-as-nails woman, Carolyn Parker, and her family as they recoup after the disaster.
11/10, 4:45pm, IFC Center
Project Nim - The idea of raising a chimpanzee as a part of your family to study its development seems pretty crazypants to me, but a lot of things were crazypants (or… awesome?) in the 1970s. This film examines the now-famous experiment by psychologist Herbert Terrace, who taught a chimp named Nim to communicate with humans via sign language… and how to drink beer. This movie will definitely make you think differently about science, nature, and communication - plus, you guys, a chimp in a sweater!
11/10, 9:30pm; IFC Center
Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go “enjoy” the “daylight” with some Joy Division and whiskey. Bye!