There has to be a special category for the place film buffs place Werner Herzog in their lives.
You can have favorites, idols, those you admire.
And then there’s a guy who is nothing less than a cinematic hero. Werner Herzog doesn’t sell out, makes unforgettable features and documentaries that stick with you long past the closing credits, and moves us. Almost 50 years into his career, the man still moves us. Amazing.
If you’ve seen or heard (on NPR) any of the stories on the project that began life as a “Don’t Text and Drive” series of commissioned PSAs, this is the film that resulted from it. Herzog, famed for “Grizzly Man” and films about Antarctica and cave paintings, lets his humanity and his empathy show in talking to both victims and emotionally distraught perpetrators of cell phone texting accidents in this compelling 35 minute doc. He is flat out amazing, as is the film. Check it out. Sponsored or not, this is the guy Spike Lee wishes he’d become and a lot of filmmakers emulate.
Honorary Oscar time? Hell yes. For Herzog.