I’ll admit it, I knew little to nothing about this movie before seeing it the first time. It was packaged up in a lovely little film festival in between dozens of other movies I was excited to see. I had seen the trailer and I thought to myself, ‘I like music, I like weird and quirky, and Michael Fassbender is not to bad to look at’. Instead what I got was so much more. Frank ended up being one of the best movies of that little film festival. I have watched and re-watched it. I have told my family and friends to watch it. It is a movie with heart and soul, a movie that stays with you. It is silly and fun, it is heart breaking and thought provoking. It’s almost perfect.
I have this problem.
I can talk freely and openly about things I hate. I don’t know why, but it’s easier for me to outline my hatred on things. I suppose I was a born hater. If someone asks me why I hate something I can write for hours.
Ask me why I love something and I freeze up.
Albert Maysles’ Iris was a way to capture as much of the “Rare Bird of Fashion” on film as possible to share with the world how a 93 year-old lives a life more exciting than most of the twenty somethings reading fashion blogs from their tablets and smartphones.
As children growing up most everyone thinks their parents are too strict. Bedtimes, chores, curfews, getting grounded, etc., these are not enjoyable things as a child. That’s what makes the time we get to go out and have fun that much more enjoyable. It’s like the saying, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. But what if you only got one side of that experience? What if you spent your entire childhood locked in a high-rise NYC building? Sounds like a story for a movie right? Well yes, it actually is.
We’ve all seen it, a family with children walking out of a theater, the children pretending to be their favorite character or quoting scenes they enjoyed. I fondly remember times as a child when my friends and I would re-enact Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Star Wars, it was a fun way to share your love of a movie with your friends or siblings. Now imagine that same situation except those movies are all you know about the outside world, imagine not seeing films in the theater but exclusively at home, in fact you don’t leave home much if ever, instead you and your siblings are raised in the confines of an apartment with a growing love for film because it’s all you have. With this relationship with film you begin to create your own props and special effects at home, you begin re-enacting the movies you like the most and making them your own. This might sound like some off kilter sequel to Be Kind Rewind except this isn’t a work of fiction, it is, in fact, the story of The Wolfpack, a documentary directed by Crystal Moselle that premiered in January of this year.