A feature at last weekend’s Art House Theater Day for some reason, Brendan Toller’s Danny Says is a meh documentary about a so-so person who lived through interesting times. Danny Fields was a publicist and journalist in the 1960s and ’70s, and was often in the right place at the right time for important moments in baby boomer culture. He hung out at Warhol’s Factory with Edie Sedgwick and the Velvet Underground, he was the managing editor of the teen magazine that broke the Beatles’ “more popular than Jesus” scandal in the United States — Fields takes credit for the Beatles’ decision to stop touring, which is as historically accurate as saying that Yoko broke them up — he helped both Nico and The Ramones get recording contracts, and so forth. It’s interesting enough, if you’re curious about the creative process behind Edgar Winter album covers, but Fields himself has a dearth of charisma, speaking in a soporific, slightly over-it drawl that makes you want keep wanting to say, “Cool story, bro” just to wrap it up. It’s not that there isn’t the germ of an interesting history lesson in Fields’ life, and its swell that he’s still alive to tell his stories, but the 104-minute Danny Says feels like it lasts a lifetime.
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