Tag "documentary"

Review: HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY (AND ENJOY IT) Gets Revolutionary

Melvin Van Peebles is an amazing real-life character. As documented in Joe Angio's How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It), Van Peebles lived his life as he saw fit from an early age, following his artistic... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Sundance 2016 Interview: WE ARE X Director Stephen Kijak Chats Japanese Rockstars

I had a chance to interview Stephen Kijak at the Sundance Film Festival about his film We Are X. The interview follows: Alex Koehne: Yoshiki is an incredibly compelling character. I would watch a movie about him whether he was... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: WE ARE X, The Not-Rock Doc

From director Stephen Kijak, best known for his documentary about the Rolling Stones, Stones in Exile comes We Are X which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It is an excellent record of the history of X Japan,... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

THE AMBASSADOR Director Returns With True Crime Doc COLD CASE HAMMARSKJOLD

After building a name for himself as a documentary prankster par excellence with his features The Red Chapel - in which he posed as an experimental theater director to gain access to North Korea - and The Ambassador - in... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: GLEASON Is An Emotional Triumph

Clay Tweel has been involved in some of the most entertaining documentaries in recent years including his producing role in The King of Kong, right up through his directing turn on both Print the Legend and last year's brilliantly witty... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: NEWTOWN, A Simple Tale Of Universal Grief

The horror of what took place on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook elementary school captured the world's attention. A young man, armed with an assault rifle, handgun and plenty of ammunition, walked through his old school and butchered... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU, No Better Tribute

Few people have changed popular culture more than Norman Lear. When Television was at its height he provided a much needed jolt, giving audiences not what they asked for but what they required. His comedies were dramatic, crafting more... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: SKY LADDER: THE ART OF CAI GUO-QIANG Enthralls

Ever since I was a kid I was enthralled with fireworks. There's something completely primal about seeing fire at the best of times, but the kinetic, colourful explosions of a firework show tickles me on a deep and fundamental... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Criterion In April: PHOENIX, BARCELONA, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS, Plus Robert Drew Kennedy Docs

The titles speak for themselves (almost). In April, the Criterion Collection will release a pleasingly varied selection of films. Christian Petzold's Phoenix fell off my radar after I saw it last year but it's the kind of thoughtful drama that... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Hey Australia! Win The Moving Family Movie Doco THE WOLFPACK On DVD!

The Wolfpack was one of last year's best reviewed documentaries, capturing the hearts of cinephiles and truly creative people everywhere. Our own Dustin Chang called it "one of the most fascinating documentaries I've seen in recent years" (his full... More »
  

Slamdance 2016 Exclusive: FURSONAS Clip Answers The Question 'Who Are We?'

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Slamdance Film Festival, Fursonas is a documentary about enthusiasts who get dressed up in animal costumes. Yet they are far more than mascots who might be sighted at a sporting event.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Critical Distance: The SHAMELESS Age Of Binging MAKING A MURDERER

The first bare breasts appear early in the new season of Shameless. The first few episodes of Making a Murderer feature little more than a tease of possible dramatic impact to come. With its bounty of breasts, buttocks and broken... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Exclusive: JIRON Poster For Mexico City Debut This Week

Last year I was very happy to see Jirón (Shred), a new documentary by Christian Cueva about Mexican filmmaker Carlos Enrique Taboada. It tells the story of his final film, which disappeared before anyone had a chance to see it.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: HEART OF A DOG Will Work Its Way Into Yours

Laurie Anderson isn't a filmmaker. But, you'd never know it. Sure, she's made a film or two over the years, but really, she hails from the fine art world, where she's enjoyed considerable success as a performer and musician. Now, Anderson... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Exclusive Featurette: SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE, My, How Time Flies

Is it outsider art or home movie flotsam and jetsam? Directed by Matthew Bate, Sam Klemke's Time Machine is a documentary revolving around a man who recorded himself every year for 38 years. While that may immediately remind of Richard... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT Is A Cinephile's Wet Dream

We all know that everything has a meaning in a Hitchcock film - gesture, pose, framing, inanimate objects, camera movements, architecture, everything. It's layers upon layers of these cinematic elements that make his films stand the test of time.... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Crowdfund This! Stewart Buck's A WORLD WAR II FAIRYTALE Dives Into What Michael Mann's THE KEEP Could Have Been

Whenever a certain sort of film geek gets together to discuss the great cinematic what-if's - what could have happened if only director x was given free reign to do what he wanted with film y - there are certain... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Exclusive Clip: IRAQI ODYSSEY, A Scattered Family And Their Shared Dream

The Swiss entry for this year's Academy Awards, Iraqi Odyssey is an epic documentary that looks at Iraq from a single, yet complex perspective. The family of filmmaker Samir has scattered all over the world, although they remain committed to... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

"I'm Sort Of The Angry Man In The Corner." Director Saeed Taji Farouky Talks TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR

Director Saeed Taji Farouky has turned heads around the globe with his latest effort, the Afghan war themed documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year which saw the director and his crew at the front lines of the ongoing... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Interview: Producer James Gay-Rees Discusses Chronicling A Fallen Star In AMY

Whether people like it or not, the documentary Amy does tread a very fine line. Arguably one of its key themes focuses on the star's despair at having her privacy and personal life invaded by the press, but nevertheless Amy... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  
 
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