Thanks to Jonny M, I got to see Sarah Silverman's new comedy concert film Jesus is Magic during the recent AFI Film Festival in L.A. Sarah even made a brief personal appearance before the film rolled, looking particularly lovely in cleavage-y black dress. And my "older man crush" Garry Shandling was there to show his support. Awww, Gare.
I love me some Sarah, so I loved the movie by default. My only complaint was over the hit and miss (mostly miss) extra sketch-y stuff they inserted throughout her stand-up routine material.
It makes me so happy to see all the press she's getting. Rolling Stone even called her the funniest woman in America. Hear, hear! She has crafted a sardonically hilarious act over the many years of paying her dues on the comedy circuit. It's fascinating to observe her perfect phrasing, timing, expressions. The girl is a wickedly wise comedy maestro, shining a light on the skeletons in society's closet in a way that makes you laugh and cringe at the same time.
In other movie news, I'm trying to catch up on 1970s cinematic classics via Netflix queueing. So far, I've logged Easy Rider, The Conversation and All the President's Men--each excellent for its own reasons. The American movies of that time period have a very distinct feeling to them, something I'm sure a film major could much more eloquently describe or define. I can only say they're dated in a cool way. More authentically American somehow. More honest, simple, spare, smart.
One line from All the President's Men made me laugh, because it seemed so timely. Actually, a lot of the movie seemed timely with White House cover-ups, leaks and dirty dealings. The line that ellicted a chuckle was this one, spoken by "Deep Throat":
"Forget the myths the media's created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys and things got out of hand."