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Digital restoration! “Folks have paid a lot of lip service (and rightfully so) to Demme’s chops as concert-movie director, but his documentary work tends to get short shrift – especially this portrait of the filmmaker’s cousin, an Episcopalian minister named Robert Castle who preaches the good word up in Harlem. Meeting up with his blood relative, the man behind the camera reminisces with… Continued

Although each of its trio of nonpareil acting performances—by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta—earned Golden Globe nominations when it was first released in 1986, Something Wild still ranks as an underseen masterpiece—clearly one of the great films of American cinema of the 1980s if not ever, and Jonathan’s absolute finest, Oscar for Silence of the Lambs to the contrary. This film… Continued

Has there ever been a music film with the unforgettably propulsive energy conveyed to the screen of Stop Making Sense? Jonathan’s first documentary hits a grand slam home run off a true curve ball as The Talking Heads, the idiosyncratic newwave group led by David Byrne, burn up both the stage at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood and the imagination of viewers. The… Continued