Tag "documentary"

Hot Docs 2015 Review: UNBRANDED, Wild, Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Us Away

Four Texas A&M University graduates choose one hell of a in-between-school-and-real-life adventure, opting to adopt a dozen or so wild mustangs, train them, and make a 3000 mile journey from the Arizona-Mexican border up the spine of former 'wild west'... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Hot Docs 2015 Review: DEEP WEB Examines Justice On The Electronic Frontier

The 21st century is a foreign country. If you had asked someone in the 1989 what the charming fantasy adventure The Princess Bride, and slacker time travel history lesson, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure had in common, you would likely have... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Hot Docs 2015 Review: DRONE And The Terror Of "Point And Click" Warfare

Here in the 21st century, we find ourselves sliding down the slipperiest of slopes. As the paradigm of warfare undergoes yet another significant metamorphosis, one of remote assassinations, or as one drone pilot succinctly puts it, "just point and click."Tonje... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Night Visions 2015 Review: I AM THOR, From Naked Waiter To Rock Star To Retirement And Back Again

He was a bodybuilder, a naked waiter, and a Las Vegas showman before he became a rock star. Above all else, though, Jon Mikl Thor has always been a modest, 'never say die' entertainer, as made apparent in I Am... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Night Visions 2015 Review: SERIAL KILLER CULTURE, Why So Fascinating?

What drives ordinary-looking men and women to become obsessed with serial killers? Is it a dark corner of their psyche that makes them feel that they have something in common with horrible people who have caused untold pain and suffering... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Dallas 2015 Dispatch: CARTEL LAND, SWEET KANDY, And THUNDER BROKE THE HEAVENS

The ninth edition of the Dallas International Film Festival is well underway here in Texas, and I'm pleased to report that it continues to provide a much-needed boost to the local film culture. I moved to the city in 2006,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Tribeca 2015 Exclusive: BETTER TO LIVE Trailer, College Kids Sing And Dance To Save Lives

I've never been the type to sing and dance, but the first trailer for Better to Live makes me wish that I could -- and for a good cause. Set to debut shortly at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Preview: Art Of The Real 2015 Expands The Cinematic Horizon

Entering only its second year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Art Of The Real series is, nonetheless, one of the must-see film events of the spring, and perhaps the year.This is in large measure due to the boundless, eclectic... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: THE HAND THAT FEEDS Sees A Resurgence Of The Ground-up American Labor Movement

The Hand That Feeds is a David and Goliath story playing out in the streets of New York. Directors Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick document the struggle of the immigrant food service workers as they fight for their rights and respect.... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Crowdfund This! THE DEVIL ON WHEELS Wants To Take A Drive With Spielberg's DUEL

With the recent success of both Jodorowsky's Dune and Lost Soul, the documentary on the never-made feature is alive and well. This success has, in some small part, fueled the desire to know more about certain cult films that were... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: ERBARME DICH - MATTHÄUS PASSION STORIES Targets The Purpose Of Sadness

(Don't feel bad, feel worse! Then, listen to exquisite music...) A documentary about classical music does, on paper, not seem to be a crowd-pleaser. Yet Ramón Gieling's Erbarme Dich - Matthäus Passion Stories was one of the big surprises at... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE SALT OF THE EARTH, Documenting A Visionary Photographer

There are a few titans of narrative cinema - Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee come first to mind - who make documentaries that rival their feature film work. Another example is Werner Herzog, a filmmaker whose non-fiction films are still... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: T-REX, Portrait Of A Boxer As A Young Woman

"It was just something I liked to do," explains Claressa Shields, aka T-Rex. What she likes to do is box, which sets her apart from her high school classmates in Flint, Michigan (better known to documentary film devotees as the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Hot Docs 2015 Lineup Announced: From The Deep Web To Dark Comedy To Outer Space And Beyond

In Toronto, from April 23rd until May 3rd, the 22nd edition of the sprawling Hot Docs Film Festival will be showcasing documentary films from 44 countries. Going through a documentary lineup of this size is a bit more daunting than a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: THE PRICE WE PAY, An Outstanding Doc On Offshore Economies

It's not often that something as dry as tax theory can result in an engrossing night at the movies, but credit Harold Crooks and his team for providing an exceptional articulation about the vagaries of "off shoring" in an... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: THE ECSTASY OF WILKO JOHNSON, How To Live When You're Going To Die

This movie may have saved my life. Let me explain. Not too long ago, Wilko Johnson was told he would die. The musician, a co-founder of pioneering British pub-rock band Dr. Feelgood, received a diagnosis of inoperable, terminal pancreatic cancer.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: THE WRECKING CREW, Musical Passion Is Always Present

The 1960s gave rise to a new kind of pop music, running the gamut from blues-infused rock 'n' roll, jazz-laced funky soul and dance music, to string-drenched mini-symphonies coming (mostly) out of California studios. The landscape then was a... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, Awkward And Thoroughly Intriguing

Note to filmmakers: If you capture the legendary Alejandro Jodorowsky in conversation with another filmmaker and he turns to the camera to ask you a question, be sure to lead with that. Wisely, that's what first-time filmmaker Liv Corfixen does... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: WATCHERS OF THE SKY, How To Fight Genocide

Raphael. Ben. Samantha. Luis. Emmanuel. All are ordinary names for ordinary people who have one thing in common: an extraordinary desire to stop genocide. As explored in Edet Belzberg's documentary Watchers of the Sky, all five individuals recognized that a... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: KUNG FU ELLIOT, Canada's First Action Hero

Yes. You read that right. Canada's first action hero. China has Jackie Chan and Jet Li. America has Arnold and Sly. Europe has Jean-Claude Van Damme. And if Elliot Scott has his way, Canada will have... Elliot "White Lightning" Scott.... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
 
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