Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery
Winner of the 2014 German Film Award for Best Documentary Film, it tells the story of prolific and infamous painting forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, who claims to have faked hundreds of pieces by over 50 different artists. This is, of course, assuming that a man who made his living by being dishonest can be believed when recounting the scope of his dishonesty.
Darkness on the Edge of Town
As best as I can tell, it’s an Irish sniper revenge movie… Sold.
Award-winning Kano is not going to be for everyone. This isn’t to say it doesn’t deserve to be given a chance but a 3-hour Taiwanese baseball movie will need a bit more word-of-mouth before it penetrates Western culture. But, if Major League and Moneyball have taught us anything, it’s that we love a good story about baseball teams that win against all odds.
The Ridiculous 6
I’ll have a lot more to say about The Ridiculous 6 later this week but at the very least it’s a bit disappointing to see Netflix, after hitting so many other projects out of the park, coming up to bat so hard in defending and promoting this project. I don’t doubt it will do well and that it’s good business but Netflix is usually more discreet about how it pays its bills.
Trailer Park Boys: Live in Austin (Drunk, High and Unemployed)
I only got into Trailer Park Boys in the past 6 months but I am unquestionably a fan of the scripted series. When the ensemble goes live, I have a harder time waving the flag. In both the Trailer Park Boys Podcast and especially in the live specials, you feel less like like you’re watching ridiculous characters, and more like you’re watching grown men getting cheered on for swearing.
I imagine it’s an issue of context. On the usual series, everyone talks like the Boys do but when it’s put on a stage and presented so explicitly as entertainment, it’s jarring and often uncomfortable. With that being said, I’ll probably watch this within the week.
For some other thoughts on Trailer Park Boys, check out my initial response after the first two seasons.
This one makes the list entirely based on reputation. At first glance, I was expecting a terrible C-movie about dinosaurs coming back to life. I suppose if I can’t get that, then I’ll settle for a highly respected (certified fresh at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes) story of redemption whose dinosaurs are strictly metaphorical.
W1A (Series 2)
I almost left this one off because I had no clue what the hell W1A was but after having it recommended, I’d hate to miss the chance to share something great. W1A is a comedy set behind the scenes of the BBC, specifically in the department of Values, whose role is to hone and maintain the overall vision of the organization. I’ve been told that the dialogue can often be described as “people saying a ton of words but never saying anything.” If it’s anything close to the Ulysses Everett McGill-esque jibber-jabber I’m imagining, I’m sure I’ll be glad for giving it a second look.