Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
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Movies: Eraserhead, America's Heart And Soul

So, last night I watched Eraserhead for the first time. Weird. Then I watched the bonus material on the DVD -- David Lynch talking at length about various aspects of making the film. Even weirder. I think I'm glad to have finally seen the film, but I doubt I'll ever be seeing it again. It's going back to NetFlix to be replaced with Scarface, another film I've not seen. Michael Geoghegan from the Reel Reviews podcast is going to be doing a Cinephile on Scarface in a few weeks, so I want to be sure to have seen it before that podcast rolls around. After Scarface, I'm looking forward to checking Plan 9 From Outer Space off my list.

In the films-that-aren't-weird department, I saw America's Heart and Soul a few days ago. I stumbled across it on Starz and was drawn into a segment where some folks were playing Cajun music, so I captured it on the DVR to watch later. This is a great movie. It's just a collection of vignettes looking at interesting people in America. They have segments on a dairy farmer in Vermont, salsa dancers in Los Angeles, explosive art in Colorado, a bike messenger in New York, steelworkers in West Virginia, oil well firefighters in Texas, and lots more. There's even a short segment featuring Ben Cohen (from Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream), who appears to have a slide in his house. It's hard to choose a favorite segment, but if I had to choose, I would probably pick one of the many musical segments. The Klezmer Clarinetist from New York would probably get my nod right now, but that's probably influenced by the fact that I'm listening to some Coltrane as I type this.

My recommendations? Eraserhead: if you're cool with David Lynch, it's definitely worth checking out, 'cause it will probably help you understand his weird world a little more and might make his other work make more sense. America's Heart and Soul: definitely check it out. It's a feel-good inspirational film and would easily stand up to repeated viewings.
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