errol morris?

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why has this man's entire oeuvre not been released on the DVD?

fucking ponderous!

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 15:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's being released this fall. MGM has Gates of Heaven (YESSSSSS), Thin Blue Line and Vernon, Florida up for release, I think.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 15:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

HOLY SHIT. wonderful.

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 15:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I want Gates of Heaven so bad I can taste it.

David Allen (David Allen), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 16:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(you dig it up, I'll get out the wok)

j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 17:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

best scene in Gates of Heaven is when the rock dude has his amp set up outside overlooking the cemetary and surrounding valley and is just jamming away. Vernon, Florida is also classic. still haven't seen Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, is it any good?

sherm, Wednesday, 23 June 2004 15:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i think it's just 11 minutes of werner eating a shoe

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 15:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

11 minutes?! it would take me a half hour to swallow the shoelaces alone

sherm, Wednesday, 23 June 2004 15:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I imagine Werner's making up for time lost with Klaus

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 15:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

correction: 20 minutes of herzog eating his shoe

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 15:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
so great

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 9 October 2005 20:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Alex was RAVING about First Person yesterday. I will be watching it soon.

400% Nice (nordicskilla), Sunday, 9 October 2005 20:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i started this thread?

cutty (mcutt), Sunday, 9 October 2005 21:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

anyway, morris didn't even direct "werner herzog eats his shoe," les blank did.

cutty (mcutt), Sunday, 9 October 2005 21:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Search everything except for maybe the Tony Hillerman adaptation with Lou Diamond Phillips which I haven't actually seen but is probably good regardless. First Person is fantastic.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Sunday, 9 October 2005 21:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think he did mr. death, which is on dvd, and is really good

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Sunday, 9 October 2005 22:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah he did

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Sunday, 9 October 2005 22:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hit or miss, he's too aware of his style

Jeff-PTTL (Jeff), Sunday, 9 October 2005 23:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That doesn't make much sense. I'm killing myself now. Errol, film me doing it.

Jeff-PTTL (Jeff), Sunday, 9 October 2005 23:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

he's too aware he is the best documentary filmmaker of his generation?

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 10 October 2005 02:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"How dare I be brilliant!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 October 2005 02:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Weird to revive this given my last bit of snark there but anyway -- can't say I've been following this regularly but has anyone dipped into his NYTimes blog? Been some great stuff there over the past few months on photography, illusion, staging and more besides.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 13:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The three 'Which Came First?' pieces on the two photos from the Crimean war are immense. It's pretty amazing writing, to draw out a cliffhanger philosophical mystery from such unpromising and insignificant material.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 14:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Errol Morris is my favorite favorite. Only one I didn't really like as much was "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control." I only cared abt the mole rat lover and the wicked creepy MIT robofan.

Tho my friend did pick up my VHS of it once and ask, "Is this your porn? Everyone has a porn."

Abbott, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 15:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mr. Death is one of my favorite films of all time, half because it's so well done and interesting as shit, and half because I've got a serious death penalty phobia, giving it some insane emotional resonance.

Also, I want an Interrotron so, so much, and might actually build one if I can sneak my way into a doc. class next semester.

en i see kay, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 17:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i want and saw him and philip gourevitch talk abt their new movie etc a few months ago - theyre both much better at their chosen mediums than public speaking. came off as a little too fascinated w/themselves - which is probably unavoidable in that situation.

anyway, love this guy. maybe second only to his mentor herzog.

jhøshea, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 17:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

just saw Gates of Heaven. I've never seen such a VISUALLY great documentary, especially one consisting almost entirely of interview footage. Everything else about it is great too, obv. Whoever said upthread that the best scene is the guitar jam into the valley is otm. Also, "arranged for maximum trophies."

Saw Fog of War last month -- my first Morris film. What should I do next?

Hurting 2, Monday, 4 February 2008 05:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Thin Blue Line

milo z, Monday, 4 February 2008 06:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

or his Miller High Life commercials

milo z, Monday, 4 February 2008 06:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

just went to youtube to seek those commercials. fuk, those are great - especially the bike one and the fake fire log one

Hurting 2, Monday, 4 February 2008 06:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

they're also on his website -

milo z, Monday, 4 February 2008 06:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anyone else a fan of Manda Bala, the debut of EM protégé Jason Kohn?

Tape Store, Monday, 4 February 2008 06:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Woah there are so many of those Miller commercials!

Dan I., Monday, 4 February 2008 07:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

strgn, Monday, 4 February 2008 07:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

that one's amazing, although i'm not the biggest errol morris fan!

strgn, Monday, 4 February 2008 07:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I finally saw The Thin Blue Line, duly impressed, tho I think I like Gates of Heaven and Mr Death more. Seeing his new one about Abu Ghraib tom'w.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 17:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's well worth picking up the FIRST PERSON DVD set. Great, great show.

"The Thin Blue Line" remains one of the most haunting and affecting experiences I've had in a movie theater in my life.

Savannah Smiles, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

wish i couldve seen thin blue line in a theater.... all-time top 5 easy

and what, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

gates of heaven is great but i never got why that gets more props.... never saw mr death

and what, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

i guess i just mean that i think the truths about humanity revealed by thin blue line are more pressing and consequential than the truths about humanity revealed by gates of heaven

and what, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

i saw thin blue line on tv as a kid. i'm not gonna deny that gates of heaven is a better movie, necessarily, but I think it gets more props in part because it deals with broader themes.

gabbneb, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

i dont really care about old people wondering if theyll meet their dog in heaven... scary motherfuckers in texas is like 100000x more interesting to me

and what, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 19:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

thin blue line is kinda everything that no country for old men shouldve been.... clueless fall guy vs blank, terrifying evil set against ugly-ass 70s TX

and what, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 19:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I agree, but the masses do not, xp

gabbneb, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 19:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm sorta scared to watch Thin Blue Line again, because Koyaanisqatsi was like my favorite movie as a kid, and after "rescreening," I was all what is this shit?

gabbneb, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 19:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fog of War is still more of SOB McNamara than I cared for.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 13 March 2008 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

... but Standard Operating Procedure, wow. Certainly the best Iraq-related film I've seen by a mile or two. More when it opens, April 25.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 14 March 2008 16:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I got The Thin Blue Line waiting for me at home.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 14 March 2008 16:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I watched the entire 3 discs of FIRST PERSON yesterday. This is how "This American Life" should be: frank, funny, morbid, real, run by a shouting loon who, when asked in one ep if he has mental problems, replies, "Many."

chillbigail ate a chill banana (Abbott), Monday, 10 August 2009 19:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

You get to see the interrotron in action, too, which is pretty damn cool!

chillbigail ate a chill banana (Abbott), Monday, 10 August 2009 19:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

gates of heaven is pretty fuckin grate imo

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 5 November 2009 18:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

roger ebert otm

morris' next film is some kind of fiction/adaptation feature, which gives me the same feeling i get when i hear that herzog's next film is not a docu.

peter falk's panther burns (schlump), Thursday, 5 November 2009 22:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Herzog has made a lot of great non-documentaries though - I don't see the comparison.

Bay-L.A. Bar Talk (Hurting 2), Thursday, 5 November 2009 22:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's kind of a shitty comparison because i haven't seen any non-docu stuff by morris, also.
BUT just re: herzog's recent features versus his docus.

peter falk's panther burns (schlump), Friday, 6 November 2009 01:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

just finished watching through the first person series and it is unbelievably good. several of the episodes are among his finest work, imo.

CUSE EX MACHINA (jjjusten), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

was going to start a poll to see which of the segments would come out on top but then i realized that it is possible that no one other than me and abbott would vote

CUSE EX MACHINA (jjjusten), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 18:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

i added it to my netflix queue so i'll have watched it by 2015 at the rate i'm going

harbl, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 18:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

First Person is top quality material. I think about one or another of the people he talked to at least once a week – most recently the lady who started the dead body cleanup business. It's really stayed with me! Makes "This American Life" look like some pansy bullshit by comparison.

breaking that little dog's heart chakra (Abbott), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ha looks like I made that snub earlier.

breaking that little dog's heart chakra (Abbott), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 21:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I don't know why, but Gates of Heaven & Vernon, Florida are both $3.98 at Amazon right now.

Warum habt Ihr mich totgefüttert? (Abbott), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 22:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's just a normal price, too, not a seems.

Warum habt Ihr mich totgefüttert? (Abbott), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 22:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

man, i rewatched gates of heaven recently. i'm telling you, if i never tell anything else again, please watch your dogs for heartworm.

Earning your Masters in Library and Information Science is beautiful (schlump), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 22:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

has a new docu coming, too, before the feature he's also making

baby i know that you think i'm just a lion (schlump), Saturday, 7 August 2010 12:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

The fiction feature he's working on has a great hook, ironically (given the bashing upthread) taken from an ep of This American Life. Fuckin' stoked for the doc, though.

Simon H., Saturday, 7 August 2010 13:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

The one that I liked best was Mr. Death. I hesitate to say this (I've only seen each of them once), but I didn't get much out of Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, or Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. I've got the first two on DVD, and will definitely go back for a second look. (I especially feel like I shortchanged Gates of Heaven, which I know is one of Ebert's Top 10.) The Fog of War is good; maybe not as good as what I'd hoped for, but it's another one I have to look at again.

clemenza, Saturday, 7 August 2010 19:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

tabloid's good. it made me realize how much luck can go into making a great doc - being in the right place at the right time, or just being 'lucky' enough that a key interview subject is alive and willing to talk to you on camera. feel like this would've been a stronger movie if they could've interviewed KJ or Kirk.

the two grizzled old tabloid guys give you the most to chew on, the way their cynicism and bluntness and sort of... affected mordancy collides with joyce's flakiness. the telling of the story definitely feels more significant than the story itself, which is not very remarkable (funny how captivating a story becomes if it involves a beautiful woman) - which i guess is why it's called Tabloid. (Princess TamTam), Friday, 29 July 2011 21:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

yeah the peripheral info surrounding the main "manacled mormon" story is p good content -- all her escort services background, disguising herself a lot @ the time and then all the more recent stuff w/ the cloned dog.

agree that a major hole is info abt Kirk -- it never comes across at all like why he was loveable or worthy of all this trouble

i can imagine really digging a fictionalized vers of this w/ anna ferris as joyce

johnny crunch, Saturday, 3 September 2011 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

It looks like First Person is out of print on DVD
I guess I shouldn't have waited 2+ years to buy it

no more mr. nice girls (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:22 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
three years pass...

Really liked the first half of The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography, but I felt like it tapered off a bit in the second half. My favorite moment was when Dorfman was going through old prints and blurted out "There's Jonathan!"--I thought it was going to be a photo of her son or something, but it was Jonathan Richman.

clemenza, Sunday, 25 June 2017 03:27 (one year ago) Permalink

I wish he'd gotten to make his cryogenics society movie

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 25 June 2017 03:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Weird, as this thread was revived I was watching his Brief History of Time which I ran across on YouTube. It was...ok.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 June 2017 04:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean, good, but it's impact dulled from my reading the book a long time ago and watching whatever that movie was about hawking a few years ago.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 June 2017 04:29 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

so the new thing, 4 hours, Netflix and theaters

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 December 2017 22:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Surprised not to read more about Wormwood on here. Described by someone in the know just now as "Trippy, complex and miserable". Really looking forward to it!

piscesx, Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

same. i'm gonna check it out this weekend probably!

Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 December 2017 17:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

devoured it in one sitting fwiw

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 04:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

So, uh, a Steve Bannon movie?

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 18:19 (four months ago) Permalink

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