Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater Image

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  • Summary: This unique documentary focuses on the friendship between director Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight") and experimental filmmaker James Benning, combining filmed conversations and archival material to explore connections between the work and lives of these two American visionaries. [FilmBuff]
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  1. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Jul 15, 2014
    Between their wildly different bodies of work, a shared appeal emerges: to stop, look, listen, and consider not just what's in front of you, but also where it came from and where it might be going.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jul 15, 2014
    It's less interesting watching them do what they both feel they have to do -- talk about their craft -- especially as both give off the prickly energy of artists who would rather create than explain. They're more comfortable asking one another questions, even though the answers are shrugged off humbly.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jul 17, 2014
    The graceful flow avoids the spoon-feeding of pocket biographies, and even if the material can feel lean at times, Mr. Klinger shepherds along a valuable encounter with a sense of easy, generally uncanned observation.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Jul 15, 2014
    Klinger is clearly aiming at a hardcore of filmmakers and cinema students, but even that niche audience will only glean incomplete insights into the methods and motivations of his subjects.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jul 15, 2014
    It’s a perfectly pleasant cinema-studies seminar, but one that stops just short of teaching its students anything truly insightful.
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