It’s Friday and a long holiday weekend is just around the corner. Why not start it off right with a couple of cool documentaries on a couple of cool directors? After all, the new season “Arrested Development” doesn’t come until Sunday, so you’ve got some time.
First up is a two-part documentary — nearly 100 minutes total — on John Cassavetes, “Anything For John.” It features interviews from many key collaborators like his wife/muse Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk and Seymour Cassel and focuses as much on his films as it does on the man himself. It’s a hugely informative film that we’d recommend for both Cassavetes fans and newbies alike.
Next is a nearly hour-long documentary — “The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera” — that focuses on “Shock Corridor” and “The Naked Kiss” director Samuel Fuller. Beginning from his time as a reporter, continuing on through his service in WWII before finally detailing his directorial work, the Tim Robbins-hosted film features interviews with Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino alongside the man himself, Fuller. And in case you missed it, you can follow that up with our feature The Essentials: The 5 Best Sam Fuller Films.
You can watch both documentaries below.