Yes, folks, it's movie-time again on the Jersey Shore. I've paid for all 10 sessions, but will see only 9 (at least I hope I get to all of them). Suddenly, life has become very complicated. My kids from Costa Rica just left, so I'm a few days late reporting on Week 1. And, I've started my own talent agency and am knee-deep in the legal and design aspects of creating it's public persona.
Week 1: "Art and Craft" and "The Liberator" (because of my kids visit I only stayed for the first film)
Art and Craft - When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.
From EW: "In this fascinating documentary, Mark Landis - a masterful art forger who donates all of his pieces - is forced to confront his tangled history as both fraud and philanthropist when one aggrieved party decides to hold him accountable.
Well, this is a very unique true story (stranger than fiction) of an obviously mentally-disturbed man who has an amazing artistic talent who delights in fooling museum curators. His nebbishy appearance hides a curiously devious mind - but his artwork is truly beautiful of itself. A curator from Oklahoma figures out his scam and becomes obsessed with finding out everything about him - to stop him from defrauding museums and the public. In the process he loses his job and eventually a private gallery owner arranges an exhibition of Landis's work alongside the real thing and opens it to the public. Landis agrees to be filmed and we see how the story unfolds.
We had one of the film editors in to talk about the experience (darn if I can remember his name!) - the entire concept is a bit mind-blowing.
"The Liberator" - Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.
This was Venezuela's official Oscar entry from 2013. (EW gives this a C)