Saturday, October 18, 2008
All right, I'll be the first to admit that I'm a huge fan of Grey Gardens....but, at this point who isn't? I'll also admit that I'm generally opposed to anything that is too au courant (a thousand pardons if I didn't use that phrase correctly). Having admitted this, I shutter to divulge this morsel of scrumptious pop culture. But, as penance for having taken such a long sabbatical from posting I share with you Frank & Cindy.
It's a timeless tale of a cracked out mom, who is hilarious in a sad and endearing way, abandoning her young son to run off with some guy who was apparently in a band, OXO, that may have had one hit in the early 80's. The son, G.J. Echternkamp, grows up to be a dapper young filmmaker. He's made quite a bit of films in his 30 years, 14-ish, but Frank & Cindy is by far his most popular to date. Now, I'd like to preface my humble review by saying that I'm a relatively cynical guy. But, I couldn't help but notice a much too similar, and somewhat formulaic, approach to the direction of this documentary. It felt almost like volume three of Grey Gardens. G.J. Echternkamp's style seemed to me to mirror that of the Maysles. How does that phrase go, "if it ain't broke don't fix it".
Regardless of my opinion, I encourage everyone to watch this film. I'm sure that i'll watch it many more times, and I'll tell many people about it. It's somewhat refreshing to feel that you've discovered something at the cusp of it's mass popularity. Bravo Mr. Echternkamp!