I like documentaries, but I don’t think they should be that long. I mean, a hour is usually good, unless the subject matter is very, very complicated or interesting.
The subject is a German national who becomes a con artist. In order to keep his con going, he allegedly murders two people in Los Angeles. The bodies are found when the new owners of the house dig up the back yard to build a pool.
Unfortunately, it takes around 30 minutes before the murders are really explained. Talk about burying the lead. Although, in the movie’s defense, I hung on to hear about the murders, so maybe that was a good thing? Still, by the end of the movie, I didn’t feel I had really learned all that much. The interviews were a bit long and tedious. The story in some documentaries emerge through interviews. In this case, it just seemed to be all over the place. In the end, I was glad it was over.
My Friend Rockefeller is playing on Netflix. I’d skip it if I could.
I’ve always been a huge Albert Brooks fan, but I somehow missed this movie. I heard it was great and I never got around to renting it back when renting a tape or a DVD was still a thing. Finally, this movie reached the point where it just happened to be on Netflix, so I watched it. It was pretty good.
Brooks plays John, a twice divorced writer whose life has gone into a spiral. Determined to find out where his life went wrong, he moves back in with his mother, played by Debbie Reynolds. Rob Morrow plays his younger, more successful brother. Brooks doesn’t go for the huge laughs, as you might expect from a more recent comedy. It hovers in the realm of reality which makes the movie realistic, but maybe not as funny as it could be.
I related to the movie somewhat because Brooks plays a writer. Ultimately, his character discovers more about his mom than himself and that revelation “cures” his writer’s block. The movie is solid, but not hilarious. It moves steadily, but seems almost slow in comparison to more recent comedies. I would say the movie will be liked by older movie fans because it’s more amusing than hilarious.
I give Mother a thumbs up. It’s now playing on Netflix. Worth a watch.