Alabama; 1969: The death of a clan's estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families. Do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart, or expose truths that could lead to unexpected collisions?
Twenty-five years after commiting a double murder, Karl Childers is going to be released from an institution for the criminally insane. A local reporter comes to talk to him, and after some... See full summary »
Billy Bob Thornton,
Five "city boys" travel to the country to relax by doing some hunting, drinking Bud, and generally having good time. However, the local inbred backwoods psychos turn the hunters into the ... See full summary »
Earl Pilcher, Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »
James Earl Jones,
An Entertaining Tribute to the Great Willie Nelson
Billy Bob Thornton's documentary King of Luck premiered last night at Austin's Paramount Theatre at the close of SXSW Film Festival. King of Luck is a loving tribute to one of America's greatest musicians who will surely be remembered in the same breath as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday and a few others. Willie is a beloved national treasure. For consistency sake, King of Luck has been presented entirely in black-and-white (although parts of it were originally filmed in color). The archival footage is wonderful. Willie's musical performances are compelling and the conversation with his crew and friends are delightful. Their love for Willie and his music comes across. The film is a must-see for any Willie Nelson fan. It is a really an oral history and a tribute to Willie and his remarkable life's work.
At the same time, the film is such a tribute to Willie that it presents him as more of a myth and legend than as a real human being. So many of his friends and family speak so kindly about him that his flawed humanity doesn't come across and he becomes a bit of a musical saint and less of a human being. By putting him on a pedestal, they lose some of his cantankerous spirit. That is a shame, because a good documentary could have been a lot better.
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