Friday, November 18, 2016
DOC NYC Capsule Reviews- AGENTS OF CHANGE, LE CONCOURS, THY FATHERS CHAIR and MACHINE OF HUMAN DESIRES
Okay but unremarkable film about how the influx of black students into the universities in the late 1960's changed them forever. The film feels rushed as if it is trying to tell us everything it can in as short a period possible. The film also assumes we know more about the back story and people named than we probably do so the context for some things is lost. Not bad but it didn't work for me.
LE CONCOURS (The Graduation)
Documentary that follows the long admission process into La Fémis, the prestigious French film school. This is a love it or hate it film that will either thrill you with it's Frederick Wiseman-like approach or bore you. Consider me bored with my interest waning in lots of people at desks or tables talking about the merits of various people that never registered or never were introdruced to us.
THY FATHERS CHAIR
Two Orthodox Jewish brothers allow a cleaning crew into their house to help them come back from being Collier like collectors. An interesting look at the stuff we collect and how we can break free from possessions.
MACHINE OF HUMAN DESIRES
Ben Goertzel works toward making a real life robot with Artificial Intelligence. Hagiographic portrait of Goertzel will either delight you or make you want to leave the theater entirely because of how you view the man at the center of the tale. Call me shallow but I didn't care much for the man who for all his intelligence came off as a burned out surfer dude.Somewhere about the time he was talking about the mathematics he discovered which allowed him to recognize patterns in the mind I kind of tuned out.