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Double Play2013

James Benning and Richard Linklater

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  • 4.0
This unique documentary focuses on the friendship between director Richard Linklater and experimental filmmaker James Benning, combining filmed conversations and archival material to explore connections between the work and lives of these two American visionaries.

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"...as enjoyable as only a good carefully chewed over conversation between creative equals can be." - Nick James, Sight & Sound


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Not really for those outside the world of cinephiles, Double Play will be of most interest to those invested in the work of either filmmaker presented in the film. While it doesn't offer any real profound insights into the M.O. of James Benning or Richard Linklater, except that both directors are preoccupied with time, fans of these directors will derive a certain enjoyment in the informal and comfortable relationship these two enjoy, as well as being allowed to share in their wandering conversations and muted reflections. While the work of either filmmaker can be challenging to viewers (with Benning much more than Linklater)this film won't be.

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Not really for those outside the world of cinephiles, Double Play will be of most interest to those invested in the work of either filmmaker presented in the film. While it doesn't offer any real profound insights into the M.O. of James Benning or Richard Linklater, except that both directors are preoccupied with time, fans of these directors will derive a certain enjoyment in the informal and comfortable relationship these two enjoy, as well as being allowed to share in their wandering conversations and muted reflections. While the work of either filmmaker can be challenging to viewers (with Benning much more than Linklater)this film won't be.

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The most interesting part of this documentary is looking at the opposite ways of creating the same art. Richard Linklater seems like there isn't a project he won't take on, and even though he filmed "Slacker" and "The Waking Life", he also has done a large variety of pedestrian work. He loves film as an obsession. James Benning doesn't care much for film, doesn't have a wide variety of films under his belt, and does not care. He sees his work as visual art vs part of the larger narrative of film, and probably only watches Linklater's films because they are friends. "Double Play" flows through these two very different styles of film-making and final products and balances them in a way that makes for an nice document of their friendship. A good film for all artists taking a break because it gives a bit of motivation to complete the visions they have and not give in to middle of the road mediocrity.

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Fascinating people equals fascinating discussions

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I liked the scene with the naked walruses. Really good wide angle shot.

So breezy and genial that it might as well have been called JIM & RICK.

I did love it.