Ten essential Werner Herzog documentaries

Ten essential Werner Herzog documentaries Werner Herzog turns 79 years young on Sept. 5, and this forward and fearless Oscar-nominated filmmaker frequently makes narratives and documentaries.  One of the most celebrated aspects of Werner’s documentaries – at least to this critic – is his narration.  His one-of-a-kind cadence, eccentric and blunt word choices, and old-school perspectives make him a most welcome verbal chaperone for his daring on-screen choices. Well, in honor of this legend’s birthday, I’m looking back at ten essential Werner Herzog documentaries. “Land of Silence and Darkness” (1971)…

‘CODA’: Bring tissues. You may sail away on an ocean of tears.

“CODA” (2021) – Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) loves her family.  She also works on their fishing boat practically every day.  For anyone who labored with their mom, dad, brothers, or sisters in a family-owned business, you know that you’re locked into a 24/7 commitment.  Okay, Ruby doesn’t immerse herself in everything-fish for every waking or sleeping moment.  Still, she regularly sets her alarm for 3 a.m. to accompany her dad, Frank (Troy Kotsur), and her older brother, Leo (Daniel Durant), on their vessel, The Angela Rose.  The three sail the…

Movie of the Week: ‘Autumn Sonata’

Cinema legend Ingrid Bergman was born on Aug. 29, 1915, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on her work.  Let’s look back at her extraordinary performance in her last theatrical film, “Autumn Sonata”. “Autumn Sonata” (1978) – Charlotte Andergast (Ingrid Bergman) is a mom and concert pianist, but to her, not necessarily in that particular order of importance.  Definitely not.  In her 60s now, Charlotte has enjoyed a long career of playing (and vacationing) just about everywhere, and she isn’t shy about casually mentioning her long list of faraway…