TV Room: ‘Wormwood’

Launching Friday on Netflix is Errol Morris’s immersive new six-part series Wormwood, which mixes hardboiled investigative documentary filmmaking with David Lynchian recreations. A four-hour theatrical edit is also playing in limited release.

My review is at Film Journal International:

When Eric Olson was still just a child in 1953, his father Frank died while away on business. The official explanation was that Frank fell or possibly jumped out of a hotel room. “At that moment,” Eric says in Errol Morris’ epic new investigation of the mysteries surrounding Frank’s death, “the world stopped making sense entirely.” That burning ember of uncertainty stayed with Eric the rest of his life…

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Quote of the Day: LBJ’s Rules of Life

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A few select items from Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Rules of Life:

 

  • Remember the CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn’t let them into the family brokerage business.
  • Never trust a man whose eyes are too close to his nose.
  • The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
  • When things haven’t gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.

 

These rules might be tough to follow for those of us who are not leaders of the free world, but many are just plain good sense.

(h/t Conor Friedersdorf)