25/10/2011

LFF Round-Up: I'm Carolyn Parker, How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire, A Dangerous Method


I'm tired and you're tired, so let's just get through this.

I'm Carolyn Parker

Six years after the levee system in New Orleans failed and killed over 700 hundred people as it flooded 80% of the city, the survivors are still trying to piece their lives back together and re-build their homes amid the financial, environmental and social ramifications of the disaster, and in this uneven but very watchable documentary, Jonathan Demme charts the progress of who the locals refer to as Ms. Parker. Carolyn Parker is one of those old black women who moves slower than a Kardashian's thought process but still commands respect and fear from everyone she encounters. Clips of her speaking in front of the United States Congress about the lack of attention being paid to the 9th ward of the city are quite something and Demme was onto a winner the minute he found her. Her humour, strength and attitude is a wonder but what makes her so utterly likeable is that all she's interested in is having the house she lived in for decades. The interest wanes a bit but she keeps this going and I'm sure everyone who watches it will want her to be their grandma. Still, this poster is fucking hideous:


No. At least the mere mention of Hurricane Katrina means I have a reason to post this. Still funny and still true.


How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire


A documentary about vodka was enough to lure me away from Terri but alas, it's another one of those uneven docs that has plagued the fest this year. Daniel Edelstyn discovered his grandmother's journals in his attic which set him off on a Who Do You Think You Are?-esque journey to discover his Ukrainian ancestry and re-create it with all of his family and friends who don't seem too interested in playing a part. Just as he's starting to get his fill of locals in furry hats commenting on his wife's good looks and accusing him of lying about not being able to speak the language, he decides to re-brand the vodka from the distillery his family once owned that quickly turns it into an episode of The Apprentice without Nick's amazing facial expressions. Shame. Weirdly the mesh of stories, styles and filming techniques sort of works and he only really lost me when he started including personal family moments. I understand that the business and the film drive him near bankruptcy and it's relevant enough to show it, but was it really necessary to show his wife screaming at him in her skivvies and throwing a phone at him? Did he really need to show her in labour to the world? The woman has a tiny person emerging from her vagina, have a bit of bloody decorum.

A Dangerous Method


WARNING: This film contains no naked knife fights in a men's sauna but does feature KK's nipple which amazingly isn't attached to an actual breast. It's also kind of boring. Kitty no like boring.


Yeah, this is going to be a regular thing.