Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme – Neil Young Trunk Show (2009)

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23 March 2010 | by MisterWhiplash (United States)

There’s something about the way Neil Young ends a song that is unique to him. Actually, a lot of rockers tend to do it, but not to the extent Young seems to do it. That is, just when you think the song is about to reach the end (that is, based on how one has heard the song so many times on an album), it goes on a little longer, or even for another several bars. Take the last song before the encore, ‘Like a Hurricane’. Just when you think the song ends, Young keeps plucking those strings, getting that distortion going, and the band, for maybe just a moment, is not sure if the song is over yet either. They could go on, or stop right there. Read More »

Jonathan Demme – Handle with Care AKA Citizen’s Band (1977)

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The interlaced stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen’s band) radio. Read More »

Jonathan Demme – Fighting Mad (1976)

Fighting Mad (1976)

An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments. Read More »

Jonathan Demme – Storefront Hitchcock (1998)

Jonathan Demme’s fantastic concert film of cult music favorite Robyn Hitchcock.

The 1998 Variety review:

The eccentric appeal of Brit singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock gets a nice permanent showcase in Jona-than Demme’s third performance-record feature.

The eccentric appeal of Brit singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock gets a nice permanent showcase in Jona-than Demme’s third performance-record feature. While unlikely to have the same impact as helmer’s two prior such breaks from major studio projects — Talking Heads concert pic “Stop Making Sense” and Spalding Gray monologue “Swimming to Cambodia,” both watersheds for their type — pic should scare up some change in limited release for Orion, then enjoy decent shelf life via rep-house, vid and cable circuits. Read More »

Jonathan Demme – Something Wild (1986)

From Allmovie:
A wildly inventive and entertaining comic nightmare from former Roger Corman prodigy Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), this screwball odyssey is a ride to remember. Jeff Daniels plays clean-cut New York bond trader Charlie Driggs, who accepts a ride home from a strange but attractive lower-class woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith). The sexy Louise Brooks lookalike doesn’t take him home, but shanghais him for a bizarre roadtrip to Virginia that includes kinky bondage sex, destruction of property, and robbery. Things get stranger when Lulu tells Charlie that her real name is Audrey and takes him home to meet her mother, asking him to pose as her husband. Read More »

Jonathan Demme – Cousin Bobby (1992)

A fascinating and highly moving documentary by Jonathan Demme about his cousin Robert Castle, whom he hadn’t seen for 30 years when he started making this film. A 60-year-old white Episcopal minister working in Harlem with a multiracial and multidenominational congregation, Castle is a passionately committed community organizer who started out in Jersey City and forged strong links with the Black Panthers and other radical organizations of the 60s and 70s. Read More »

Jonathan Demme – Last Embrace (1979)

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Plot Synopsis: When his wife is killed in a restaurant shoot-out, intelligence man Harry Hannan has a breakdown and finds that his department don’t want him back. Someone’s trying to kill him and it could be them, though a cryptic Jewish death-threat suggests there’s something else going on. His only ally seems to be mousy Ellie Fabian who has managed to move into his New York apartment. Read More »