Monday, January 11, 2010

1-11-10: Sunshine Cleaning of My Best Fiend

D: Christine Jeffs. S: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Clifton Collins, Jr.

Who'd have thought crime scene clean up could be funny. 

A single mother does what she can to send her son to private school by starting up a crime scene cleaning service with her sister.

There is much more to this film then a dark comedy about cleaning up after dead people.  It's a funny and touching comedy-drama about the struggles people go through to keep a family afloat and reconciling the past. 

The acting is good with particular note to Clifton Collins, Jr.  The man's a chameleon and turns in another great character.

Check it out if you're looking for something to watch.

MY BEST FIEND (1999) ****
D: Werner Herzog.

Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski have had a tumultuous friendship.  From this friendship have come some remarkable films such as Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Cobre Verde and Nosferatu.

This documentary is a fascinating look and tribute to Herzog's friend Klaus Kinski.  An actor that many deemed a certifiable maniac but a powerful actor in his own right.

If you thought Christian Bale's rant on set was bad wait until you see Kinski's on the set of Fitzcarraldo where he lays into a production manager.

Is Kinski a nut or is he a true genius?  There are moments where he's clearly insane.  However, there are moments of tenderness, calm, retrospective that may lead you to believe that he's the ultimate method actor. 

He's without a doubt an egomaniac who is at his best when he's incited before a scene.   The scenes that are shown contain some powerful acting that borders on genius.

Herzog and Kinski's relationship is a very fascinating one.   They clearly care about each other and at one point Herzog contemplates having Kinski killed.  Their passion translates on screen and we're the better for it.

Underneath all the bravura is a man who totally understood his craft to the point of insanity.  

This is a fascinating film about an intriguing man.


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