Tag Archive: Documentary

Mar
10

Lucien Castaing-Taylor on LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN'S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN is being called a documentary. That’s as much for convenience’s sake as anything else — it’s clearly not fiction, so what else could it be? Except in no way does the film hew to conventional notions of documentary storytelling. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel brought a multitude of cameras onto a commercial fishing …

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Nov
14

BUFFALO GIRLS Opens in New York

Buffalo Girls

Had I but world enough and time, I’d be interviewing the director of this fantastic, disturbing documentary about child boxers in Thailand. (Had I the discretionary income, I’d be taking a plane to that country just to scream at the parents, “WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?“) Unfortunately, I’m not going to be …

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Oct
23

The Forum Film Festival in NYC Closes with DUCK SOUP and Short Film Awards

I had to do it. The Forum Film Festival, run by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham Law School was screening GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, George Clooney’s dramatic reenactment of the clash between broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and the commie-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, and had invited me to interview actor …

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Sep
10

Cinefantastique Spotlight: [REC] 3: GENESIS

Are You Eating the Bride's or the Groom's Side?: Leticia Dolera gets the most important day of her life hijacked in REC 3: GENESIS

[REC] 3: GENESIS, the third installment of the Spanish zombie franchise, distinguishes itself in several ways: It’s the first to move the location away from the building of the first two films, cleverly choosing a wedding reception as the site for its carnage; the narrative takes a decisively more humorous tone; and the director, Paco …

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Jun
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight: Public Domain Panic II

Try It Once More, But This Time by Consigning Your Soul to the Eternal Fires of Hell: Director Benjamin Christensen casts himself as ol' Scratch in HAXAN.

The director is Satan! (So what else is new?) A family member is nuts! (Happens in the best of ‘em.) Captain Kirk’s an a-hole! (Yeah, well, George Takei knew this way ahead of you.) That can only mean one thing: It’s “Public Domain Panic II,” the newest installment of our newest fill-in series, in which …

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Jun
15

Matthew Akers on MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT

Seen While Being Seen: Performance artist Marina Abramović (in white) challenges and absolves in MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT.

More than just a simple transcript of a museum show, the documentary MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT is its own, emotionally-charged experience. Keyed off the controversial performance artist’s 2010 retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the film is one part eye-opening exploration of the woman who tends to push the boundaries of …

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Jun
08

Bud Clayman on OC87: THE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE MAJOR DEPRESSION BIPOLAR ASPERGER’S MOVIE

The Lens is Also a Mirror: Bud Clayman Explores His Recovery from Mental Illness in OC87: THE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE MAJOR DEPRESSION BIPOLAR ASPERGER'S MOVIE.

You could say that a documentary with the title OC87: THE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE MAJOR DEPRESSION BIPOLAR ASPERGER’S MOVIE is maybe biting off more than it could chew, but no more so than the filmmaker who found himself coping, not voluntarily, with all those afflictions. More than just a sympathetic observer, Bud Clayman — who co-directed …

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May
31

Ravida Din on PINK RIBBONS, INC.

Good Intentions Diverted: The public face of cancer charities, from PINK RIBBONS, INC.

Has the corporate subsidizing of charity gone too far? Well, when KFC strives to become the leading face in the battle against breast cancer, then, yeah, maybe. In the new documentary, PINK RIBBONS, INC, producer Ravida Din and director Léa Pool look at how the activism surrounding a pressing women’s issue was co-opted by corporations …

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May
09

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: FIGHTVILLE

Dustin Poirier in Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's FIGHTVILLE.

I’d like to think humanity has advanced beyond the primal necessity of raw combat, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole lot of people who are willing to pay good money to see a couple of guys get locked in a cage and beat on each other for a while. Fightville is a documentary …

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Apr
18

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: HIT SO HARD

Escape from the Rock: HIT SO HARD's Patty Schemel

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll! Never gets tired, does it? Well, maybe if you’re actually in the middle of it, it may get to wear a bit, yeah. Which brings us to the subject of this week’s episode of our weekly radio show, The Indie on Demand Movie Review. The documentary HIT SO HARD …

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