Tag Archive: Documentary

Mar
25

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD: You Can’t Steam-Clean Steampunk – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

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Soooo much to cover in one, brief segment! First, I look at the French animated film APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, and how it takes on the genre of steampunk in a way few steampunkers dare to consider. Then I have some belated thoughts on the entertaining comic book movie, DEADPOOL, and highlight a standout …

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Mar
14

Review: TEENAGE

Jitterbug dance contest at the Shrine Auditorium in Southern CA, 1939. From TEENAGE.

It is the privilege of teenagers to think that they are the first to confront the world with their quest for meaning, their need to belong. It is perhaps the curse of modern thinking to presume the notion of the teenager sprung fully-formed from the ashes of World War II.  There’s no shortage of films …

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Feb
28

Review: KIDS FOR CASH

The courtroom was the scene of the crime in KIDS FOR CASH.

Former Judge Mark Ciavarella wants you to know it was never about Kids for Cash. In his interviews with director Robert May (and kudos to the documentary-maker for scoring lens-time with the perpetrators of this scandal, along with their victims), he bristles against being tagged with that identifier. And, indeed, he’s got a point: It’s …

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Dec
06

Shaul Schwarz on NARCO CULTURA

The band Los BuKnas de Culiacan celebrate the cartel life in NARCO CULTURA.

Ah, the romance of the outlaw — dashing and fearless, living a life of danger and adventure. Except when they’re greedy sociopaths leaving a trail of corpses in their wake. NARCO CULTURA looks into the world of the Mexican drug cartels and how it has spawned a culture that romanticizes and celebrates the bloody exploits …

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Nov
01

Larry Fessenden & Rob Kuhns on BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Inside the Fantastique [FULL VIDEO]

From the societal upheavals of the 1960’s to the not-all-that-more-quiescent twenty-first century, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has managed to chill the blood of horror lovers everywhere and simultaneously cast an unsettling light on the media, racial politics, and the American way of life in general. Now there’s a new documentary, BIRTH OF THE LIVING …

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Nov
01

Larry Fessenden & Rob Kuhns on BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Inside the Fantastique [AUDIO ONLY]

The art of Gary Pullin brings you behind-the-scenes in BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD.

From the societal upheavals of the 1960’s to the not-all-that-more-quiescent twenty-first century, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has managed to chill the blood of horror lovers everywhere and simultaneously cast an unsettling light on the media, racial politics, and the American way of life in general. Now there’s a new documentary, BIRTH OF THE LIVING …

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Sep
13

Harry Dean Stanton on HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

The career and soul of an actor is explored in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION.

A guy who’s been in every film from COOL HAND LUKE, REPO MAN, ALIEN and PARIS, TEXAS, and worked with everyone from John Huston, David Lynch, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp has to have some stories to tell. And in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION, director Sophie Huber has found a way to get the …

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Jun
09

Bill Stone on TRIUMPH OF THE WALL

It's Chris Overing vs. a pile of rocks and the forces of time in TRIUMPH OF THE WALL.

Filmmaker Bill Stone’s task couldn’t have been simpler: Document artist Chris Overing as he built a stone wall on a large estate in Quebec. In two months time, the director anticipated, he’d have an interesting rumination on an elaborate and obscure craft. Eight years later, with the wall unfinished and Stone wondering what he had …

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Apr
01

Cinefantastique Spotlight: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

Don't Get Excited, He's Not Around All That Much: Bruce Willis joins forces with Adrianne Palicki in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.

With its nuanced evaluation of modern warfare and the place of the soldier in today’s society, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION represents an innovative vision of armed conflict waged on a global scale. Oh, who are we kidding? G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is the second entry in the toy-based franchise, featuring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Ray Stevenson  …

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Mar
24

Sidiki Conde & Alan Govenar on YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE

Sidiki Conde (right) defies the barriers in YOU DON'T NEED FEET TO DANCE.

The subject of the documentary YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE, Sidiki Conde, is possibly the very definition of determination and resilience. Born in Guinea, stricken with polio that lost him the use of his legs as a teen, overcoming that stigma by forming an orchestra of disabled artists that toured the country, Conde eventually …

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