To be honest, I was a little reluctant to see this movie at first. I am big Cash fan, especially his American Recordings stuff, and also read some books about the man, so I already have an image of him inside my head. But decided to give it a go anyway, mostly due to my curiosity.
Well I am glad I did, because I liked the movie a lot. Basically it tells his life story from childhood up to the late sixties where he finally got off drugs, married June and rediscovered his christian faith.
Both Joaquim Phoenix and Reese Weatherspoon play excellent. Even though they arent exactly lookalikes of Cash and Carter they manage to portray a believable image of them. The music is nicely done as well. The story might be a bit superficial at times, as you mainly see Cash in trouble, especially focusing on his outbursts, but I guess they had a lot of ground to cover and picked up the most interesting bits. Cash’s relationship with his father plays a big role as well.
Lord I do not want to be hurt by a bear
No this site is not turning into animal planet. It’s just coincidence I watched two animal related movies this week :). The Grizly Man is a documentary on Timoty Treadwell. For 13 years Treadwell lived amongst the Grizzly bears in Alaska during the summer. The movie is a collection of Treadwell’s own footage he shot during the last few years of his life and interviews by the director of the movie Warner Herzog.
In the fall of 2003 Treadwell and his girlfriend were killed by a bear, which made the news all over the world at the time. Overall the documentary is well done, you see TT talking with the bears (he even gave them names) and the interviews with people he knew are nice and informative, though some are a bit too emotional for my taste. This documentary isnt perfect but it’s very enjoyable nevertheless. I love the endearing moments, like chasing his pet fox who stole his cap or the one where he talks to Chocolate, one of his favorite bears.