Tag "documentary"

Hot Docs 2016 Review: BROTHERS Says A Lot About Parents

In Aslaug Holm's gorgeously shot documentary on her own children - make no mistake, this is no home movie, but a rigourous 16mm film production by a veteran filmmaker - a recuring image is laundry hanging out on the line... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

STRIKE A POSE: Watch The Trailer For Madonna Dancer Documentary

Directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaans hit something of a gold mine with the subject matter for their documentary Strike A Pose. The Dutch duo gained access to all of the surviving dancers who backed up Madonna nightly on her... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Interview: Brazilian Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro Discusses His Work

The Brazilian artist Gabriel Mascaro, having one leg in the visual arts and the other in cinema, already has several notable works under his belt, and Film Society of Lincoln Center is celebrating him as arising international auteur by organizing... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Review: HAVANA MOTOR CLUB Tools Nicely Through Cuba

The rift between car culture and filmmaking isn't what we might think.   Considering both were invented and popularized at the same point in history, maybe this shouldn't be so surprising.  Although the rabid devotion that both inspire in their... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Blu-ray Review: A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON Boasts More Rock, Les Blank - Via Criterion

The cinema of Les Blank is one of wonder, a childlike sense of openness and discovery.  It's a mischievous wonder, the kind of freedom not dissimilar to the five year old who insists on wearing a Halloween costume to church... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: CITY OF GOLD, Discovering Los Angeles By Eating

Do you still live in the city where you grew up? I was born and raised in Los Angeles, spending most of my time in the suburban communities of the San Fernando Valley before moving away in 1984. When I... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: GOODNIGHT BROOKLYN - THE STORY OF DEATH BY AUDIO, Bittersweet And Rightfully Angry

A bittersweet memoir of a independent music venue that proved to be much more than a place for bands to play their music as loudly as possible, Goodnight Brookyn - The Story of Death By Audio is also a screed... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY Remembers A Forgotten Legend

In recent years, several documentaries have explored the mythical world of popular music in the 1960s, including Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom (about backup singers) and Denny Tedesco's The Wrecking Crew (about session musicians). Now comes Bang: The Bert... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: THE SLIPPERS Reveals Unexpected Hollywood Treasures

The shoes in questions were made for Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, but the true, fascinating, ever more complex world of The Slippers begins in earnest after she took them off. Granted, the new documentary by Morgan White... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON, For Those Who Stare Into The Sky And Wonder

Initially more of a hagiography than a documentary, The Last Man on the Moon gradually expands beyond its worshipful stance to examine the U.S. space program and, in particuar, the contributions of the titular astronaut. The U.S. space program in... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: ANGEL OF NANJING, A Portrait Of Urban Loneliness

Like Japan's Aokigahara (aka "Forest of Death,") and San Francisco's Golden Gate, Nanjing's Yangtze River Bridge is famous for being the site of a disproportionate number of suicides each year. Chen Si is a man who has taken it upon... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
  

BLACKHEARTS: Watch The Official Trailer For The Black Metal Pilgrimage Doc

We brought you a clip of a satanic ceremony. We let you know how you could support the doc. And now we are the first to share with you the trailer for the black metal odyssey Blackhearts! The documentary Blackhearts follows... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Travels Long And Far

Michael Moore, that progressive shlub you could hang with, has done something smart.  His latest film, Where to Invade Next, opts to have fun.  Moore has always been known for his effective use of comedy in conjunction with his agenda-driven ventures.... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: Personal Docupic 5 OCTOBER Tackles Modern Man And Transcendentalism

The already-established Slovakian photographer Martin Kollár flips between the lenses of photography and cinematography regularly and 5 October, unveiled in the festival section "As Long As It Takes", has the best of both worlds. As a cinematographer, he has lensed... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

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   
  
 
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