House of Z is a new documentary about the life and career of fashion designer Zac Posen…
Why do I want to watch it? For the art, of course! I do also want to learn about the man, the designer and the unfortunate predicaments that can result out of the eternal struggle between art and commerce.
The controversies that surround the church of scientology have been covered quite thoroughly at this point. As someone who’s relatively familiar with the religion’s ‘cultish’ reputation and practices, the news of a new documentary about the infamous church got my attention.
My hope was that documentary film maker Louis Theroux’s investigations into the church would result in a reasonable amount of new information. In truth, very little of what’s revealed in My Scientology Movie is new.
Unsurprisingly, the church of scientology denied all kinds of access to Theroux and his documentary team. As such, the bulk of what we get to see in My Scientology Movie is conversations between Theroux and ex-members of the church, including Marty Rathbun, Jeff Hawkins and Tom De Vocht. There’s also archive footage and re-enactments based on Rathbun’s experiences while inside the church.
Though generally I’m disappointed with My Scientology Movie, I did find myself somewhat entertained at times; largely thanks to the dialogue between Theroux and ‘scientology spokesperson’ Catherine Fraser. There’s also the peculiar dynamic between Theroux and Marty Rathbun, something that will surely bring a smile or two to your face.
Those who’ll get the most out of this documentary will likely be people who don’t already know much about scientology and how the church operates. For the rest of us, there’s boredom and some humour.
Acclaimed documentary film maker Louis Theroux is back and this time his subject is the second thing that mega movie star Tom Cruise is best known for. That is of course Scientology, as investigated by Theroux in My Scientology Movie.
Based on the teaser trailer, it looks as though Catherine mistook her opponent for a regular curious Joe; someone who would cower away in the face of her intimidation tactics.
‘Not today, Catherine. Not today‘ – Probably what I imagine that Mr Theroux was thinking whilst remaining as calm as can be.