Riddick, Salinger and Blind Joe Death

Vin Diesel on another planet, a great writer stripped bare, and a legendary guitarist revisited.

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We learn of Fahey's childhood love of bluegrass music, and his later, life-changing discovery of country blues (he says he cried upon first hearing Blind Willie Johnson's "Praise God I'm Satisfied"). He talks about seeking out blues survivors Bukka White and Skip James, and we learn about his complete indifference to fancy guitars. ("It's not about what you own; it's about what you play.") In this old interview footage, we also sense Fahey's discomfort with human interaction, and at one startling point we find out what made him that way: "My father was a pederast," he says, in a mild passing comment.

This documentary is a fine memorial for a unique musician. Fahey died in 2001, but his work, after all these years, still dazzles.

(Blind Joe Death is being given a slow roll-out around the country, in tandem with a shorter film about Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.)

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  • Ken Shultz||

    "Since this is a guy movie to its core, Dahl gets a quick topless scene. (Of the other five briefly-glimpsed women in the cast, four are nude and one is shot in the back.)"

    A movie with both tits and monsters should never get less than two stars.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Incidentally, Katee Sackhoff has a really nice bike.


    I bet her boyfriend is glad it doesn't have a pillion, so she can't make him ride on the back.

  • wingnutx||

    That is beautiful.

  • Long Range Boredom||

    Starbuck nudity alone should be worth at least a star.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    I'm going to go see them. I mean it. I mean, the film.

  • kingnp2n||

    Heh. Made my day.

  • Almanian!||

    Why he should be doing this is a mystery

    Best not to ask questions. You know what happens to people who ask questions of Riddick? They die.

    I liked the first two as mindless fun. I will enjoy this one on the small screen in the same manner when it gets there in a couple months.

  • GroundTruth||

    That was my plan too.

  • grey||

    Forget this laundry list of movies. Go to Netflix and watch Tucker and Dale vs Evil. A well crafted parody and one funny ass sleeper of a movie. Bonus: Katrina Bowden.

  • Long Range Boredom||

    I second this, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is awesome.

  • ||

    I thought that movie was fucking terrible. It is basically just the same joke for 90 minutes.

  • kingnp2n||

    Best Riddick line...

    Imam: Because you do not believe in God does not mean God does not believe in - .

    Riddick: Think someone could spend half their life in a slam with a horse bit in their mouth and not believe? Think he could start out in some liquor store trash bin with an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and not believe? Got it all wrong, holy man. I absolutely believe in God... And I absolutely hate the fucker.

  • GroundTruth||

    Ah, a man who understands truth!

  • Curtisls87||

    All the comments so far are about Riddick, which I get, but the movie I am most interested in within this review is Blind Joe Death. John Fahey was as important to the guitar as several much more well known guitar heroes, but in a different way.


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