Sunday, December 31, 2017

Auteur Watch - Linda Goode Bryant

Oh, thank God!  Another short one.  These days I prefer the non-prolific auteurs.  You give me that 20 year Malick-style hiatus any day.  Doesn't seem to hurt the work, right?
Anyway, of the three directorial efforts of said Linda Goode Bryant, only one has gotten any critical attention, and that's the one called Flag Wars.  See if you can guess what it's about... that's right!  It's about gay white professionals encroaching on the real estate of a black working-class neighborhood.  Sorry, if you thought it was about "Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider's crusade for protecting the American flag, well... close second.  Anyway, in the one interview that the link still works for, the reviewer points out that Linda's cinema verité style doesn't invoke the worst parts of Michael Moore's documentary style.  HOWEVER... and this is a big however... I mean, look at it!  It's in all caps, for Gawd'z zake!... she DOES use some of Michael Moore's style of documentary filmmaking, in that she goes home again to her proverbial Flint, Michigan, and apparently it's also Ground Zero of this housing conflict.  Not enough nuance for the one lone reviewer overall, but then again is there ever enough?

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