|Michelle Williams in Wendy and Lucy|
1) Howl (2010) - Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman direct this unique and important look at the obscenity trial surrounding Allen Ginsberg's iconic beat poem. The film creates an interesting tension between being faithfully tied to the language of the trial, using only the language as it was transcribed, and taking interpretive flights of fancy in some impressive animated sequences that are set to readings of the poem. The trial itself, although maybe not the most historically important battle over censorship, contains some powerful declarations around free speech issues and obscenity issues that seem just as important for us today as they were then. The real sadness of Howl may be the way in which it reminds us that we once lived in a time when poetry mattered. Franco may be in every third movie these days, but I think that this may be one of his great, overlooked performances. Howl also features an impressive and well used supporting cast, including David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, and Mary-Louise Parker.
|James Franco in Howl|
|William S. Burroughs and friend|
|We Need to Talk About Kevin|
Oscilloscope Laboratories was founded by the Beastie Boy's Adam Yauch (MCA) in 2002, and first released Yauch's democratic experiment in concert docs, Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot That!