Mike Gibisser's Blue Loop, July (see Chicago Underground Film Festival)
This week brings the 22nd edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, with screenings through Sunday at the Logan; our festival roundup is here. And on the B Side, I interview director James D. Cooper, whose documentary Lambert & Stamp, opening Friday, revisits the two London filmmakers who became the unlikely managers of the Who.
I Am Big Bird
Check out the latest issue for new reviews of: Cousin Jules, a 1972 documentary that was the only feature by French visual effects wizard Dominique Benicheti; The Film Critic, an Argentinian comedy about a high-toned critic whose life begins turning into a formulaic rom-com; Hot Pursuit, starring Reese Witherspoon as a Texas cop and Sofia Vergara as the drug-cartel wife she's escorting to the Witness Protection Program; I Am Big Bird, a documentary about Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who's been loping alone in the yellow-feathered costume for 46 years; Iris, a documentary profile of octogenarian fashion plate Iris Apfel; Lost in the White City, a drama about two young New York artists hoping for inspiration during a trip to Tel Aviv; Metalhead, an Icelandic character study of a teenage girl who goes metal after seeing her brother die in an accident; The People vs. Paul Crump, a 1962 documentary about a death row inmate that marked the feature debut of director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection); She's Lost Control, a drama about a psychology student doing extracurricular research as a sex surrogate; and Soul Boys of the Western World, a music documentary about the back-from-the-dead Spandau Ballet.