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.