Movie Log 2013

17. Searching For Sugar Man (dir. Malik Bendjelloul, 2012) (Blu-Ray)

For a while there are some interesting threads here in this doc how fandom could, at one point, exist in a place and be completely cordoned off from the rest of the world in a way that it probably can’t anymore. And that’s somewhat interesting but, despite some animation, it really doesn’t rise above what could be accomplished in a feature article until Rodriguez himself arrives. Rodriguez’ soft-spoken Industrial Midwest cadence reminded me of Michael Jackson, actually, though their lives are pretty damn different. The former had a whole life to (seemingly successfully, as far as that can be measured) apply his humility and almost mystical wisdom to the urban realities of Detroit, and the parts of this doc in which he and his family appear are legitimately moving.