04/29/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

DVD Review: LOUIE BLUIE



Studio: The Criterion Collection
Year: 1985
Cast: Howard Armstrong
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Release Date: August 10, 2010
Rating: Not Rated for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 01h:00m:36s
Genre(s): documentary

ďI donít know whether itís a liability or an asset...because sometimes I feel like Iím three or four different people.Ē - Howard Armstrong

LOUIE BLUIE

Buy Now @ Amazon

 
  

The Criterion Collection comes through again and offers us an obscure documentary from acclaimed director Terry Zwigoff. This is really going to appeal to fans of both Zwigoff and jazz.

Movie Grade: A

DVD Grade: A-

Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff is still best known for his documentary feature, Crumb, despite the fact that it premiered way back in 1994. Since the success of that film, Zwigoff has branched out to fictional films as well, shooting the excellent Ghost World, hilarious Bad Santa, and underrated Art School Confidential. While he hasnít made a film since 2006, what better time than now to look back on Zwigoffís first film, the documentary Louie Bluie. Made in 1985, Louie Bluie chronicles the late Howard Armstrong, an eclectic figure, to say the least. A virtually unknown work, pre-Crumb, Louie Bluie can now be enjoyed by all thanks to this excellent Criterion Collection DVD.

Howard Armstrong was born in 1909 and spent the best years of his life (his twenties) in Chicago, where he flourished as a musician. When we first see Zwigoff with Armstrong in the film, heís living alone in Detroit. Throughout the short, one-hour running time, we journey back to Chicago with both Zwigoff and Armstrong, so the latter can essentially relive his glory years as heís well past 90-years-of-age. Heís soon reunited with much of his band, even performing at a handful of clubs in the Chicago area. We then follow Zwigoff and Armstrong to Tennessee, where we meet the former musicianís family and learn more about the areaís string bands and where he fits in amidst that world.

Louie Bluie is a brisk, entertaining film that is only an hour long. So Zwigoff covers so much ground in that scant running time, though, that it seems like the perfect length. We learn a ton about both Armstrong and his music, and seeing him in action on stage is the icing on the cake. Zwigoff doesnít simply rest on his laurels and show us typical concert footage, though, as he gives us a great, detailed look at how Armstrong performs. This decision to showcase his technique makes Louie Bluie both enthralling and educational. Now, Iím not going to even attempt to pick up an instrument and become the next Howard Armstrong, but seeing the effort and skill that goes into such a craft is beyond fascinating.

Listening to Armstrong talk is just as compelling as the musical sequences, though, as he is a truly funny man thatís nearly impossible to turn away from when heís speaking. He has an unending wit and charisma that is extremely unique, making it all the more positive that Zwigoff chooses to keep himself in the background and just let Armstrong be Armstrong. So many documentary filmmakers today canít help but dominate their own films, whether via voiceover or an overabundance of screen time, but Zwigoffís restraint in that matter is a huge plus for the film. Despite its relative obscurity, Louie Bluie comes to DVD from The Criterion Collection, and itís another stellar effort from them. For a 16mm film shot in the mid-80s, itís pretty amazing just how good things look. The original mono audio track isnít as much of a pleasant surprise but itís more than suitable for this material. An excellent extras collection is buoyed by not only an entertaining audio commentary track by Zwigoff, but also by an extra 30 minutes of footage that was left out of the finished film. This extra look at Armstrong, his music, and his life only adds to the already wonderful cinematic experience that is Louie Bluie.

Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - October 7, 2011, 7:58 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: obscure, idiosyncratic, raconteur, string band




Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store