Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, the top pick is a no brainer in the documentary Not Going Quietly. The Ady Barkan doc is truly one of 2021’s best, doc or otherwise. Besides that, there’s a handful of interesting genre releases to consider, so read on for more…
Not Going Quietly
One of the year’s best documentaries, Not Going Quietly is more than just a tribute to activist Ady Barkan. It’s a supremely well made and even inspiring film. The doc just works, from top to bottom. Hopefully the Academy takes notice when they start to consider Best Documentary Feature contenders. Here is a bit from my rave review, and don’t miss my interview (here) with Not Going Quietly filmmaker Nicholas Bruckman, either. Take a look:
Not Going Quietly avoids being a tearjerker, but the movie does tug at your heartstrings. Watching what Ady goes through, as well as why he’s going through it all, reminds you of what’s important in life. Without ever preaching, this is an issues doc, but the issue is human decency. Who can’t get behind that?
Ady Barkan is a better man than I am, as well as a pleasure to watch for 90 minutes. His sense of humor, as well as his determination to make a difference, is not just compelling, but downright inspiring. You get why people follow him, but more importantly, you understand why he’s putting himself through it all. The same goes for those around him, who provide some much needed support. Produced by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, showing amazing taste in documentary material, and directed by Nicholas Bruckman, Not Going Quietly is impeccably made. They obviously know that Ady is a star, so the focus is on him. That being said, his son steals every moment he’s on screen, hamming it up and just being adorable. This actually showcases the stakes for Ady, so it’s not just cute, but a sound choice by Bruckman and company.
Castle Rock: Complete Series (TV)
Clarice: Season One (TV)
Night of the Animated Dead (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own)
The Stand (TV)
Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection (4K)
From The Criterion Collection: “Deep in the windswept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished older woman and her daughter-in-law murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for the most meager of sustenance. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from battle, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals their horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba conjures a nightmarish vision of humankind’s deepest desires and impulses.”
Stay tuned for more next week…