This docudrama charts the career of Jack Abramoff, a Washington, D.C. businessman, lobbyist and con artist. After accepting illegal bribes in exchange for political favours, Abramoff and his protégé will pull out all the stops to try and avoid the law. —TIFF
The films of the American director George Hickenlooper, who has died unexpectedly aged 47, straddled several genres, but he will be best remembered as a documentary maker thanks to his most celebrated work, Hearts of Darkness: A Film-maker’s Apocalypse (1991). This riveting account of the troubled gestation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now (1979) combined behind-the-scenes footage shot by Coppola’s wife, Eleanor, with retrospective accounts by the cast and crew.
Hickenlooper observed “a strong parallel between Francis making the movie and the war itself. He really delved into the most sordid aspects of his own character.” As Apocalypse Now‘s budget and schedule ran out of control – and its leading man, Martin Sheen, had a heart attack – Coppola was consumed by fears and self-doubt, as captured in the documentary. “There were too many of us, we had access to too much equipment, too much money, and little by little we went insane… read more
It's like Hickenlooper wanted to make his own version of Soderbergh's THE INFORMANT, but just couldn't pull it off. Most of the actors (esp. Spacey) vacillate between being in on the joke and just pretending they are, Jon Lovitz is miscast in a role that looks (on paper) to be right up his alley, the "I'M BEING WHIMSICAL" soundtrack is obnoxious, and the script / direction either pulls its punches or over-swings.
The first roundup of TRON: Legacy reviews — and it's a big one — dates back a couple of weeks and you'll find it right here. Initial takes
"Award-winning director George Hickenlooper, cousin of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, was found dead Saturday morning in an Uptown Denver