They were clearly moved by the experience, remaining motionless in their seats as the rest of the audience filtered out. It'll help you better deal with the guy who thinks that Daniel Johnston is better than Brian Wilson. It's amazing how many people wrote off this doc because of the catalog description. This wonderful documentary exposes the lighter side and vastly darker side of Daniel Johnston. Reilly Boogie Nights and Mr. Daniel Johnston is a 43-year-old outsider singer-songwriter and manic depressive who has built a cult following since his early days in the mid-1980s performing in Austin, Texas while simultaneously holding down a day job at McDonald's. Eventually the substitute headliner says something about how intimidating it is to be standing in for Jones, and I creep out, disappointed, during the next song.
Quite moving, plus a few great interviews. This is the tale of a man who is deeply loved by the people in his life… and who have to put up with a great deal of trouble created by his illness. Despite the loyalty it inspires, Daniel Johnston's music does not seem to deserve quite the level of praise he has received. Johnston has recorded more than 10 full-length albums and amassed a prolific portfolio of sketches, and has among his supporters Matt Groening, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Tom Waits. And I'm not sure that I can….
Now, before we get into the fundamentals of how you can watch 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston' right now, here are some finer points about the Complex Corporation documentary flick. The result is superb: a complex and balanced portrait that celebrates and reveals a character who has remained an enigma for years. Over the course of four years, Feuerzeig cobbled all of these artifacts together, along with some very moving interviews with friends and family, and the result is an imaginative and at times heartbreaking tribute to Johnston's life and work. Cellophane in Chicago told Daniel he loved him. The patty tasted like it had been raised on charcoal briquettes and kicked daily with a muddy boot.
Crumb's brother Charles, who almost never left his bedroom in his mother's home, and whose drawings and notebooks, Robert Crumb says, inspired him. Every time you think that it isn't going to get you, it grabs you tighter. In the late 70s he started recording songs inspired by the Beatles in which he sang and played piano and the chord-organ. By the time we emerged from a disappointing meal, Johnston had already gone offstage after a short set, which just goes to show you that at Sundance, no matter how much you plan, you're always going to miss something. While I tend to scurry home after my fourth screening of the day to finish transcribing an interview or drafting a piece, Ray is the late-night master of free food and free stuff, and every time he drags out his latest goody bag packed with odds and ends, I examine its contents jealously.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston is an honest documentary of the life and music of the tormented genius Daniel Johnston. While the insane details of manic-depressive pop savant Daniel Johnston's troubled life make for gripping viewing, the best thing about Jeff Feuerzeig's excellent documentary is his refusal to romanticize Johnston's mental illness. Incredibly enough, when Johnston gained recognition, editors from Spin and other magazines would call him at McDonald's, since he didn't have a phone at home. At one point, his belief that the rock band Metallica was possessed by the devil kept him from signing a record deal with Elektra records. Without it, you don't have a movie, because the subject matter wouldn't be interesting enough. Born in 1961, Daniel Johnston grew up in west Virginia obsessively documenting his own life with super-8 cameras and tape recorders from which this documentary draws much of its footage. That means there must be a masseuse back there, and a few extra pitchers of beer as well.
He is totally a genius in what he was interested in, I actually think Daniel Johnston was mis-diagnosed. Of course, the quality of the director's vision and skill are every bit as important as the raw footage. When can we see a trailer? But I still don't feel like I've really expressed what is so very special about this film. It is exceptionally well paced except for the last 5 As a music junkie that has a bunch of his albums, I had an inkling of the crazy genius that is Daniel Johnston, but I wanted to find out more. He is a singer-songwriter and an artist whose underground tapes and gallery shows sell out, and he is also a manic-depressive with other mental problems that have had him in and out of hospitals for years.
Advertisement This documentary charts his life's journey in through an apparently inexhaustible archive of video and audio tapes. You certainly do feel sorry for Daniel Johnston, his has been a rough The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a well enough done film, and benefits greatly from archival film from various sources, but ultimately is somewhat difficult to appreciate if you are not a manic music fan of some sort. Feuerzeig's film is the latest quality example of the new genre of Self-Verite Documentaries. Daniel Johnston is, after all, a kid from a small town who never gave up on his dreams and overcame not only his parents' disapproval, but the revolt of his own body and mind. So why is The Devil and Daniel Johnston so amazing? The movie lays it all out there for you to see just who Daniel Johnston is.
After a happy trip to New York, he was returning home when he got off the bus in West Virginia and was involved in an incident that led to an elderly lady breaking her ankles jumping out a window. Daniel Johnston is exposed through personal audio and video footage he and others took of him, pieces of his live performances, and interviews with his parents, friends, family and other musicians that know him. Could someone possibly post a direct link to the Daniel section? Johnston has recorded more than 10 full-length albums and amassed a prolific portfolio of sketches, and has among his supporters Matt Groening, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Tom Waits. This is a guy who is considered a genius, but who has lived with his parents for most of his life. Sometimes, one event can make the entire trip to a far-flung film festival worthwhile. About half way through this film, I started thinking about how many horrible films we are about to see being submitted to and sometimes accepted by film festivals that are based on the home videos that have become ubiquitous in the era of relatively cheap video cameras.
Daniel Johnston has done some amazing things over the years, and you certainly get a good feel for what he's been through, and maybe just at the end appreciate the progress in treatment as you can see him clear up some hopefully not at the loss of his art , but still a bit of a slog at times. Today Daniel Johnston is a cult hero in the art world. At the party, Feuerzeig tells me he'd wanted to make a film about Johnston for years, but he'd been waiting for a third act in Johnston's life, as the musician disappeared from the public eye, spending time in and out of institutions due to his escalating battle with manic depression. It is exceptionally well paced except for the last 5 or 10 minutes that drag a bit , and very informative. Logged curiouscat Guest from Day five: Cult musician Daniel Johnston hits the big screen; and Time Out meets Jamie Bell, Thomas Vinterberg, Tilda Swinton and Mike Mills.
His music is for people who thinks Jonathan Richman doesn't keep it real enough. After the second screening John C. During a trip in his dad's private airplane, he caused a crash that could have killed them both. Not only is this a great doc, but it is fully capable of becoming one of the great college cult films of all time. It'll help you better deal with the guy who thinks that Daniel Johnston is better than Brian Wilson.