He went. He saw. He got really, really cold.
Werner Herzog, the visionary (some would say crazed) German filmmaker who once ordered a crew of Indian laborers to haul a full-size steamboat over a jungled Amazonian hill for his feature “Fitzcarraldo,” again went to extremes to make his latest picture, “Encounters at the End of the World.” He went to McMurdo Station, the American research outpost in Anarctica, to see what kinds of people are drawn to the isolation and the cold there. He found a land of beauty. He found a hive of peculiarity. He captured it all on film and brought it back for you and me to see. Friday, we can see it at the Grand Cinema. Wear mittens. And a furry-earflap cap.
Also opening Friday at the Grand is “The Wackness,” an angsty indie feature starring Ben Kingsley as a wacked-out doped-up shrink who trades therapy sessions for marijuana. It takes all kinds I guess.