The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Review

The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a documentary about Daniel Johnston.  i must have been hiding in a hole as I had a totally way off opinion of who Daniel Johnston was.   From an early age he was a gifted artist and musician.  He documented his life and songs in cassette tapes and home movies.  Along the way he develops manic depression.  His genius and creativity is nurtured and preserved by the people who love him in spite of his illness.  He had/has a cult following of musicians and art collectors, which included Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and others.  Most of the music I heard on the disc was not my type of genre, but poetry is interesting.

His father cries when talking about his son.  He expresses the fear of so many parents of disabled children.  “Who will take care of my baby when I’m gone?”

Daniel Johnston was born in 1961 in West Virginia.  He fell in love in high school to a woman who was already practically engaged to another man, and many of his songs of love are written about her.   He spent a number of years in a mental institution.  He continues to draw and give concerts and create.  Only the future knows the ending to his story.


Ladies in Lavender, Leolo, Imprint Reviews

Ladies in Lavender stars Judi Dench and Maggie Smith as spinster sister who live in a charming house in Cornwall.  Their quiet life takes a turn when they find a young man on the beach nearly drowned.  He does not speak English and has a broken foot.  For Judi, he awakens unfamiliar emotions and she acts “like a silly old woman”, feeling love, protective, motherly, jealousness and pride.   The young man is Polish.  He is on his way to America when he falls of the boat.  He plays the violin like a virtuoso.  Apparently he is bow synching and it is really Joshua Bell playing the violin.  I was convinced he was really playing.  Cornwall is the common location for many of those romance novels I read in a short chapter of my life.  The coastline is very beautiful an the houses and countryside so charming.  This movie has no car chases, body count, bloodshed or foul language.  I found it a peaceful reprieve from Leolo and Imprint.

Imprint is rather disgusting and brutal.  I can’t recommend it.

Leolo is listed on IMBD as a comedy.  Umm, well, maybe. Leolo escapes his dysfunctional family by creating a vivid fantasy world.  He believes his very obese mother was impregnated by at tomato and so his father is not really his father.  His mother has an obsession with bowel movements and his father is the enforcer.  His grandfather pays Bianca to do sexual favors for him, and Leolo falls his love with her while peeping on them.  His grandfather once tried to drown him in a wading pool.  His older brother spends his life pumping iron, and uses Leolo to make money for him.  They collect papers together to sell to the butcher, and Leolu dives in the river to get old lures to sell back to the fishermen.  They sleep in the same bed and he comments on his brothers snoring.  Leolu believes that as long as he dreams, he will not go crazy like his two sisters and grandfather.  I don’t see how this can be a comedy.  My feeling about this movie are like those I feel about The Book Thief.  Too sad to recommend the story, but the writing style is very interesting and original.  Likewise, Leolo is well done, but sad.

Karas, The Prophecy, Review

I had a hard time figuring out what this movie was about. The first time around I couldn’t figure who the characters were and who the bad guys were. First I watched it in Japanese with the English subs. Then I tried watching it with the English dub and the English subs and they didn’t match. I think the audio made more sense then the dub which is unusual, imo.

The high points for me were the animation, and concept of dual universes existing in the same location but different planes.

I’m still not sure if Karas is an individual or a group of individuals. Karas keeps the worlds in balance by going after demons that try to cross over and make trouble in the human world. Some of these demons actually live as humans. One of these tries to help the police (sort of like the Xfiles) work out a series of murders linked to the demons. He might just one day start drinking human blood himself.

I give it 3 acorns just because I like the look of the anime.