DVD: Little Movies We Like


“Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)” (2010): A fascinating, unflinching documentary about one of the rock era’s most under-appreciated (and self-destructive) pop musicians. Lots and lots of talking heads (Randy Newman, Richard Perry, Ray Cooper, Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Yoko Ono and Van Dyke Parks, to name just a few), but plenty of footage of Nilsson himself, too. The best rock doc of the year.

“Red Road” (2006): Directed by Andrea Arnold, this taut, Scottish psychological drama examines the unresolved grief and guilt of a surveillance camera operator in Glasgow.

“Peacock” (2009): A strange, captivating drama starring the magnetic Cillian Murphy in his best – and most unexpected – role. With Ellen Page and a great supporting cast featuring Susan Sarandon, Josh Lucas, Bill Pullman and Keith Carradine.

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  1. Michael Poulopoulos says

    “Who is Harry Nillson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) is one of the most endearing music documentaries I’ve seen. It’s a comic, touching, respectfully honest tribute that flourishes a soundtrack which will make my generation say, “Oh, yeah. I’ve heard that song before.”

    Thanks for the reminder… I stayed home (cough, cough) to watch and listen all the way through.

    You can stream it on Netfilx too.

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