DREW TAYLOR: "WITH HUMOR, GRACE & CANDOR HE DOESN'T JUST EXAMINE HIS WORK, HE EXAMINES HIS LIFE"
In a roundup of "The 25 Best New Movies to Stream in December 2022," The Wrap's Drew Taylor writes about De Palma, which is streaming on HBO Max as of Decmember 1st:
One of the great documentaries on filmmaking, “De Palma” is Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s loving homage to the modern master of suspense, which plays out like one long monologue. (The format is particularly ironic given his general hatred for overly talky movies.) Brian De Palma is one of his generation’s greatest talents and one of the most underrated. As he takes viewers through his filmography, film by film, a pattern starts to emerge – he’s a filmmaker obsessed by certain themes (voyeurism, sexuality, the slipperiness of a good conspiracy) and determined to bring those themes to life in the most entertaining way possible. He doesn’t always succeed. But the attempt feels Herculean and seldom appreciated. With humor, grace and candor he doesn’t just examine his work, he examines his life. And the resulting film is profound and arresting. Just be warned, after watching “De Palma,” you’ll want to re-watch all of his films again. – Drew Taylor
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