Tag "documentary"

Review: CARTEL LAND, Mexico, Drugs, And The U.S. Battle

An astonishing journalistic achievement, Cartel Land captures in unprecedented ways the moral quagmire that inexorably links the consumers of drugs in the U.S. with the suppliers south of the border. What sets this film apart is the unique way... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: LIVE FROM NEW YORK! Chronicles SNL... Again

Saturday Night Live doesn't exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to the big screen. Unfortunately, the new SNL retrospective Live from New York! Is only a marginal improvement to the average. There's the old saying, "comedy is... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE WOLFPACK, A Coming Of Age Story Like No Other

I've heard about many great eccentric, downright crazy family stories that have taken place in New York's Lower East Side (LES) through friends over the years. But none was as batshit crazy as the story of The Wolfpack. The documentary... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Sydney 2015 Review: Witness Undying Love In MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER

He was 98. She was 89. They were married for 76 years, had 12 children, six of whom died during their childhood. That is the story of Jo Byeong-man and Kang Gye Yeol, as told in director Jin Mo-young's My... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Crowdfund This! THE LAND OF IDOLS Explores A Uniquely Japanese Phenomenon.

More than just teen bands, there's nothing quite equivalent to the specifically Japanese 'idol' phenomenon, groups of young teen girls groomed for stardom from very young ages as carefully packaged pieces of cross-media merchandise. And now that very particular world... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: DEEP WEB, Where David And Goliath Battle For Privacy

The 21st century is a foreign country. If you had asked someone in 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 gotten a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Interview: Alex Winter Ventures Down The Silk Road In DEEP WEB

For those of us in our third (or fourth) decade, we cannot help but think about Alex Winter as the actor who played Bill S. Preston, Esq., the curly haired co-protagonist, who along with Keanu Reeve's Ted "Theodore" Logan, traveled... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER'S WORLD, An Intimate Look At H. R. Giger, Channeling Dark Side Of The Human Soul

Hans Ruedi Giger, the artist known for his nightmarish vision, passed away in 2014 at the age of 74. Luckily for us, Swiss documentarian Belinda Sallin has made a comprehensive, yet intimate portrayal of the artist just before his passing.... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Crowdfund This! NORTHWEST PASSAGE Chronicles A Life Lived In The Real Life Twin Peaks

Long considered one of the greatest shows ever to grace television, David Lynch's Twin Peaks is often approached and understood in a sort of bubble, a vacuum. Which is appropriate, on a certain level, given that it was totally unlike... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: IRIS, Albert Maysles' Last Solo Film

Meet Iris. The most precious 91-year-old on Earth. Now meet Iris, the most charming documentary about the most darling 91-year-old on Earth. (Note: Iris is now 93, which means this cover girl is still en vogue.)  Iris is directed by... More »
By Chase Whale   
  

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   
  
 
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