The acclaimed Sundance documentary THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (which won the Audience Award at the event last January) is a cautionary tale of hubris and what happens when the insulated world of the superrich comes crashing down. In the film by Lauren Greenfield which is screening this week at Silverdocs, a ridiculously wealthy Florida couple (75 year old real estate magnate David Siegel and his overly buxom trophy wife Jacqueline) are determined to build the world’s largest home…..a 90,000 square foot behemoth modeled on the Palace of Versailles. When the global economic meltdown hits, the family is forced to confront the meaning of a new word: downsizing…..as alien to them as alien can be. The need to cut back on ostentatious shows of wealth and unencumbered spending provides a cautionary tale of how extended we have all become with the easy availability of unlimited credit and the vast conspiracy of consumerism. For the Siegels, the price they pay is writ large, but the implications are there for all of us to learn. The film will be released in theaters this summer, providing yet another perspective of how far we have fallen and the values we have deep frozen in our pursuit of pleasure at all cost.
In Goat, Bucks Misbehave Goat (Andrew Neel, 2016) *** stars Based on Brad Land’s 2004 memoir of the same name, Goat tells a tale of college hazing run amok. We find ourselves at a nondescript university probably somewhere in the … Continue reading
THIS WEEK: INTERVIEW WITH CASTING DIRECTOR RON LEACH……. One Millennial. One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you impressions of not just films, … Continue reading
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The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance, 2016) **1/2 OUT OF 4 STARS Shot by Australian cinematographer Adam Arkapaw (Macbeth), The Light Between Oceans is a visually sumptuous film, where the land and the sea (particularly the latter) are dramatis personae … Continue reading