Archive: May, 2010
Albert Maysles, the veteran documentarian whose titles (with his brother, David) include the hugely influential Grey Gardens (about eccentric mother and daughter shut-ins, Edith and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale) and Gimme Shelter (the Rolling Stones’ Altamont concert film), has a new one premiering right now on SnagFilms.com.
The Human Centipede bills itself as “100 percent medically accurate.” Okay, if you can find a retired German surgeon bent (truly bent) on fusing live human hostages together to form his vision of Siamese Triplets, well, then, accurate this is.
Is this how the Dow dove 1,000 points in 20 minutes last week? In Floored, James Allen Smith’s eye-popping documentary about the Chicago Trading Floor -- a mosh pit of screaming and yelling, selling and buying, with millions at stake -- the mad quest for money meets electronic trading, with scary, crazy results.
Available online on Babelgum.com in weekly installments (episodes 1, 2 and 3 are up and running now), Floored offers a fascinating glimpse into the teeming, screaming world of speculators and local traders, moving like lightning, and behaving like, well, nutballs.
Introducing a new weekly feature on my On Movies Online blog: a pick of one of the best new films to be found on the Web. Herewith: