Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013/2014)

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Directed by Chieme Karasawa
2013/2014

Elaine Stritch is such a character, she has that bigger than life personality going on.  The documentary shows just that and more, even though it was bundled in such a short running time.  Making the film longer would be something to savor, but it would be overkill and I think that was one of the factors that made the film successful.  It captured what it wanted to say without overdoing it, without going too long.  It made you want to know more of Elaine Stritch.  It had me googling her for days now. 

The film shows an elderly Stritch and her deteriorating health.  That said the film did not sensationalize the fact that she is old and probably going away any time soon.  Instead it was a showcase of Stritch’s existence, skills and talents.  And seeing it now, knowing she is gone, it is a perfect remembrance of her. B+

 

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Happy Christmas, 2014

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas
Directed by Joe Swanberg
2014

“Happy Christmas” feels like a very economic film that relied a lot on its actors and the the story to elevate the material.  Technical wise, the film feels lacking.  How it was shot, mainly.  However what it lacked in technical aspects was made up for by the greatness of the ensemble.  It was really a treat to watch Melanie Lynskey finally being given the chance to show that she is a great actress.  Methinks that she is underrated.  The rest of the cast gave good performances as well, but it was really Lynskey that you fall in love with.  The story was typical Swanberg film where it feels a bit aimless but the end product feels rewarding.  B-