I love these people, so it's hard for me to separate that from the filmmaking. But I liked Danhier's gender-balance, and the way the energy matched the subject, and that none of the interviews ever felt like talking heads, and there was exactly enough context and structure - not so much that it ever felt academic; not so little that it was indulgent. So cool I (literally) took notes. Liked it a lot. 3.5
A very entertaining documentary, although it doesn't really make you wanna watch all the films that get teased throughout the 90+ minutes. Unless you are into trashy violence and nudity, in which case you've probably seen them all before. I wonder if the filmmaker had planned to portray the prime movers as a bunch of self obsessed and talentless snobs, or it that was just a accidental side effect.
"To me the most important thing is the power of ideas, and expression, and in a way it's the most powerful thing that humans have. So I like to think about all the lying, murdering thugs who have all the political power and financial power; all of that power is not equal to the power of ideas. So I just say: forget about the past; bring on the future." —Jim Jarmusch
I wasn't really interested in seeing this but it was expiring so I thought I'd give it a few minutes. I was hooked almost immediately. Now watching DOWNTOWN 81 and STRANGER THAN PARADISE is at the top of my list. What a great time to have been making films with no inhibitions. "People coming together who just needed to get it out."
I was totally hooked by this film, watching the birth of No Wave Cinema, its implosion and then the natural progression into Cinema of Transgression - all of it bounded by that era's soundtrack, snapshots taken off movies made back then, rounded up by a lot of accountings from people that were actually there, in the scene. Great documentary!
Not because I would watch one of these movies again. And not that I actually revere these filmmakers for their courage, aesthetic brilliance or the profundity of their ideas. But in the split second before MTV and Walmart suffocated us all these suburban kids had the foresight to record their suicide. Ironic that their artistic pretenses were swallowed up by their decadence and black youth's hip hop culture.
Interesting documentary about a style of film I’m not that interested in. I really didn’t know anything about the no-wave movement, and aside from punk rock knew nothing about New York in that time period (not including Warhol and VU, but that was earlier). It was awesome seeing familiar faces like Buscemi and Jarmusch, and I really had no idea that they came from that world. Intriguing throughout.
I probably would have enjoyed this more had my knowledge of these directors extended beyond Jarmusch. An interesting doc, though no case is really made for the value of the Cinema of Transgression. Zedd's contributions here are totally obnoxious, and afterward I watched a couple shorts by him and Kern which were boring and incompetent. They seem to be self-satisfied punks who never grew out of the angsty teen phase.
Doesn't matter that this film has no style, it it's a great history of a forgotten period of cinema that burst out of NYC in 1977-84 like a huge pimple waiting to explode. This had me pausing & adding films to my "Want-to-watch" list every few minutes. I had seen some of them, but I'm still looking for others, like MINUS ZERO and THE WAY IT IS. And when Lydia L. mentioned Placidyl it brought back foggy 70's memories.