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Marianne and Leonard, and their Words of Love

The many loves of Leonard Cohen, but perhaps there are few loves that mattered more than Marianne Ihlen. Their love has been detailed in the upcoming Nick Broomfield documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.

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Marianne and Leonard

The many loves of Leonard Cohen and the songs that came because of them. But perhaps there are few loves that mattered more than that of Marianne Ihlen, the first wife and muse that inspired the song “So Long, Marianne”. Their love has been detailed in the upcoming Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Tupac & Biggie … we sense a theme) documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love. When Ihlen passed away in 2016, Cohen penned a heartfelt letter that read; “.. our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.” Cohen died three months later.

Words of Love is a portrait of the life and love of Cohen and Ihlen, who spent much of their life together on the Greek island of Hydra. And while they did not stay together, their bond proved to be an everlasting one. The Broomfield documentary features unseen footage from that time, and as the official blurb states, is about;

“Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker makes for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia.”

The documentary premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will hit theatres July 5th.

Check out the trailer below, and be sure to listen to “So Long, Marianne” once you’re done.

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Trailer watch: Mike Wallace is Here

Did Mike Wallace become the blueprint for modern journalism?

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The life and career of one of America’s most celebrated journalists is the subject of an upcoming documentary titled Mike Wallace Is Here. Wallace, who over a seven-decade career solidified himself as one of the most important journalists of our time, won an incredible 21 Emmys for his work- most notably for CBS’ 60 Minutes. The new documentary journals his rise to become of the most confronting, aggressive, but effective reporters, having interviewed a who’s who of politicians, celebrities, and noted figures. Over his career, he’s had pointed sit downs and talks with everyone from Ayn Rand to Deng Xiaoping, from Barbara Streisand to Frank Lloyd Wright.

In one of his more famous interviews, he sat down with General William Westmoreland for a special piece titled, The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception. The CBS documentary purported that General Westmoreland and intelligence officers manipulated enemy troop numbers in Vietnam to create the impression that the war was being won. General Westmoreland sued Wallace and CBS in a $120 million suit.

Wallace retired from his position as 60 Minutes correspondent in 2006 after a lengthy 37-year career. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 93.

Mike Wallace is Here is a documentary by Avi Belkin that features extensive footage from Wallace’s illustrious career, detailing in depth his work and influence. In the official blurb, the documentary is;

“an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over fifty years on air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, director Avi Belkin talked about the influence and lasting legacy of Mike Wallace. Belkin stated that Wallace became the blueprint for today’s style of news reporting- unshackled and unbound;

“In a way, he made the blueprint of what journalism is today. Mike was, in a way, a revolution. The charisma, the performance — he brought them into the game.”

We find ourselves in a tumultuous time in news journalism and reporting. But what we can glimpse from Mike Wallace is Here is that we have seen this before. History repeats itself yet we’ve found ways to overcome. It is perhaps, one of the many reasons why this documentary seems so timely and fascinating.

The film opens in select theatres July 26th. Check out the trailer above.

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The Adventures of The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon hopes to discover some timeless Mark Twain magic

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon is the story of a young man with down syndrome who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler. The simple dream leads to a timeless adventure that harks back to the literature of Mark Twain. Set to the backdrop of the American south, the story tells of Zak (played by Zachary Gottsagen), who yearns to live the pro wrestling life- the start of which, is at wrestling school far away. Along the way he meets Shia LeBeouf’s Tyler, a crook with a heart of gold who takes Zak under his wing and promises him that he will get him to that wrestling school.

As they tackle the many difficulties and pressures they face on their journey, we find the bond between the two hard to break. The Peanut Butter Falcon co-stars Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, and Jon Bernthal in supporting roles, while former wrestling legends Mick Foley and Jake “The Snake” Roberts feature.

The film’s official release describes the film as;

“A modern Mark Twain style adventure story … [about] a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.”

The film received positive reviews when it previewed at this year’s SXSW Festival, with the Hollywood Reporter praising the performances, notably that of LeBeouf’s. Who apparently isn’t so shouty these days.

The Peanut Butter Falcon was directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, based off a screenplay they wrote and is being distributed by Roadside Attractions. It premiered at SXSW and will open in select cinemas in the United States August 9th.

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