|11.13.16||Netflix||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2016|
This satire of the American Family documentary is also Albert Brooks' first film and sorta kinda the first mockumentary. I laughed quite a bit with this. A lot of the little jokes that Brooks is constantly throwing away were great but really also a few stand-out scenes in my opinion show the great strength of both Brooks' style and Charles Grodin's genius. The horse operation, the depression sequence, and the awesomely terrible zoo montage - all with the constant presence of these absurd head-mounted cameras looming around and movie studio / social scientist dissection and analysis - are all amazing. All of it seems like a prescient precursor to all the reality-based stuff that we're going through now.
So yeah, This was great. I liked it more than Modern Romance, maybe more than Lost in America.
And now I we come to the last double feature of the fest. I've had sort of mixed reaction to this director's documentary work in the past but I just could not pass up the opportunity for such a specific double feature. So now let's watch two Werner Herzog documentaries whose titles start with "Into the"!