Iggy Pop, along with being a rock icon, is known for his steadfast and energetic approach to his music, and those resilient qualities are exemplified in the documentaryAmerican Valhallawhich hits DVD March 9.
The documentary centers on the collaboration between Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Hommeover Pop’s acclaimed 2016 album Post Pop Depression. The project spotlight’s the pair’s songwriting sessions, recording process and subsequent Post Pop Depression tour (their final show took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Anthony Bourdain is also featured in the 81-minute documentary to contribute to the discussions (Bourdain, a lifelong Stooges fan, had Pop on his program Parts Unknown).
“As we got to know each other, you blew my mind,” said Homme to Pop in the documentary. “You really came with such an open mind and saying, ‘Yeah, I know what I’ve done but here to . . . look forward.”
On this week’s CinemAddicts, we cover director Terry George’s The Promise, a superbly done epic about that spotlights the Armenian Genocide from the point of view of an ambitious medical student named Mikael (Oscar Isaac). Charlotte Le Bon is Ana, a woman who bonds with Mikael over their shared Armenian culture, with Christian Bale playing Chris, a photo journalist and Ana’s lover. Setting a love triangle amidst the fall of the Ottoman Empire and an unspeakable tragedy is a tricky thing, but thanks to first rate work from Isaac and Le Bon, coupled with George’s steady hand direction, The Promise delivers an engaging and ultimately informative narrative.
Directed by Lydia Tenaglia, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is an expertly crafted documentary on the life of chef Jeremiah Tower. The project spotlights Tower’s seemingly overnight popularity when he landed a job at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse in 1972. Spotlighting French and eventually California cuisine, Tower’s approach to the culinary arts and eventual celebrity fused when he launched his popular Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Though the film features colorful interviews with Tower, Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain (who produces the film), and Martha Stewart, it’s not just a talking heads documentary. Rather, Tenaglia crafts a deliciously non-linear story which attempts to answer the mystery behind Tower’s seeming disappearance from the restaurant scene.
Check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts below: