Into the Inferno
Release Date: October 28 Director: Werner Herzog Cast: Documentary
Director Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer travel the world – to Indonesia, Iceland, North Korea, and beyond – to explore not only the world’s most visibly active volcanoes, but to understand the cultures that pop up around them, and center on them. They come up with gorgeous visuals, wry voice-overs, a fascination with colorful characters, rituals, and disappearing ways of life. But more than that, it’s a film of unexpected connections to topics you might not predict, taking a free-form approach that follows whatever trails might appear. So in other words, it’s a pretty typical Werner Herzog movie.
Release Date: October 28 Director: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Documentary
The Stooges came up fast and imploded with equal speed, and in its best stretches, Jim Jarmusch’s biographical documentary about the band feeds off the energy and tempo of their best recordings, and rides them out. Drawing on interviews with Iggy Pop – one of our finest purveyors of great rock stories – and the rest of the surviving members, he captures the spirit of those long-ago times, offsetting the names and places yielded like talismans with a welcome perspective of deconstructionism (Iggy still gets a kick out of conspiratorially assuring us that the times weren’t what they seemed). But Jarmusch takes a strangely reverential approach to not only the subject but the conventions of the form; you wish he’d have been as interested in formal experimentation as the band he’s profiling.