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McConkey, Driving Blind, A Perfect Man



McConkey (NR)

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Grab a Mountain Dew Code Red (do they still make those?) and get ready for, yes, a totally awesome, extreme ride with McConkey, a documentary about famed free-skier and base-jumping legend Shane McConkey. I can understand that a bitchin' doc about outdoor extreme sports would go over like gangbusters here in Colorado. But, surprisingly enough, those of us not into all this reckless derring-do will have a hard time denying the sly charisma and good-times atmosphere that the late McConkey brought to the proceedings. With a cool demeanor and a quick wit, he makes the constant footage of jumps and other assorted action footage palpable and non-repetitive, which goes a long way. In addition to the sports angle, we also get to go inside McConkey's personal life, which really humanizes this superhuman stuntman. — Louis Fowler

Driving Blind

Driving Blind (NR)


Debut feature director Brian James Griffo's Driving Blind, a documentary that follows two brothers along potentially their last road trip — both have degenerative eye disease — employs time-lapse videography, contemplative nature shots and man-on-the-street asides in an effort to put us in the shoes of Tod and Justin Purvis. The Purvises are fine folk, but they lack the gift of gab required to hold our interest over 12,000 miles. Several times, the brothers stop to chat with ordinary people without providing us the slightest hint as to who they are. A post-trip doctor's visit is even more troubling: One brother is legally blind and probably has been the entire time. (We can't compare results, as there is no "before" exam shown.) Driving Blind is a well-meaning, finely photographed meditation that can't quite transcend its four-door trappings. — Justin Strout

A Perfect Man

A Perfect Man (R)

IFC Films

No one — at least I hope no one — goes into a marriage thinking that they're going to be unfaithful. As soon as "I do" is said, there's a lifelong hope that one will always be both emotionally and sexually attracted to his or her partner, which, when you really think about it, is quite daunting. It's one of the issues that A Perfect Man, starring Liev Schreiber and Jeanne Tripplehorn, wrestles with in a classically melodramatic indie flick. Seems Liev has been screwing around on Jeanne with her best friend. In a desperate bid to reconnect, fraud is committed, costumes are imagined, and basically, instead of going to church-sponsored marriage counseling or something, the strained couple creates dirty sex games over the phone. Well, not really, but you get the idea. It's all pretty counterintuitive and time-consuming, like the film. — Louis Fowler

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