A film review by Alexander Zalben - Copyright C 2010 Filmcritic.com
Like a rock 'n roll version of Sideways, Blood Into Wine flits from beat to
beat, creating a hypnotic, enthralling, and most of all fun documentary out
of celebrity winemaker Maynard James Keenan (lead singer of Tool and A
Perfect Circle), and his attempts to bring respect to the Northern Arizona
The best thing about Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke's doc is how
perfectly it captures the enigmatic showman nature of its subject. Keenan is
known for putting on capital "P"erformances, and so the documentary includes
some non-traditional elements of its own.
It splits the line between truth and fiction by including a recurring
"interview" by alt comedy stars Tim & Eric; a narrator/troubadour in the
form of Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble (who is so thrillingly
charming to watch, he deserves a documentary of his own); and several
clearly staged sequences that are meant to make you question whether any of
the film is true.