Tag: documentary

Review: SHINERS Puts a Shine on a Neglected Profession

Opting for nothing less than an examination of the purpose and philosophy of 21st century labour -- in short, how and why do we work in an era of automation and disposable consumerism? -- Stacey Tenenbaum's re-evaluation of the humble...

Berlin 2018: GURRUMUL Trailer Introduces An Aboriginal Music Icon

It was back in 2015 that we first caught wind of Paul Williams' upcoming documentary about Australian aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. An enormous gifted singer steeped in the traditions of his native people, you can easily make an argument...

Review: IN THE INTENSE NOW Bottles Up The Spirit of 1968, Lights It and Throws It in the Street

The legacy of 68 is that it made people 'woke'. Its impact still felt from Occupy Movement to more recent the Black Lives Matter and #metoo movements. Anyone who took to the street for one cause or another can deeply relate to In the Intense Now. With the disparity between haves and have-nots is greater than ever, the spirit of 68 is sorely needed than ever before.

Notes on Streaming: DIRTY MONEY, Six More Reasons to Get Angry

All corporations are in business to make money. Some corporations, however, manifest greed, putting the bottom line above all other considerations, such as the law, and in Dirty Money, a new series on Netflix, we have the opportunity to behold...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Celebrates MONTEREY POP's 50th

The newly released complete Monterey Pop box set is vying for the most impressive package in my personal Criterion collection. A little bit about my Criterion collection… I own under 100, more than enough to make me unwilling to do...

Review: THE ROAD MOVIE, Hella-Entertaining, If Cautionary, Carnage

If you have spent any time lost in the YouTube wormhole, you have probably seen some of the crazy car accident footage that has been uploaded and archived by witnesses, usually from cheap cameras mounted at the front windshield of...

DEMON HOUSE: Check Out The Demonic Key Art For Zak Bagans' Doc

The other day came news that Freestyle Media acquired Zak Bagans' haunted house leads to possession documentary Demon House. Today the key art was revealed which you can see below. Nifty.    The only thing left is a trailer, which...

Review: CHAVELA, the Revealing Story of a Musical Maverick

Reminding me that I don't know anything, really, Chavela is a 'music doc' that proves to be more revealing than that marketing term might imply. Out on home video from Music Box Films today (January 2, 2018), Chavela is a...

Review: Errol Morris' WORMWOOD, a Masterpiece for Our Dark Times

Expansive in its scope, engrossing, structurally daring and thoroughly watchable Wormwood is a true masterpiece in the age of rampant misinformation and distrust.

Watch Errol Morris' WORMWOOD Trailer

Like so many auteurs working on projects that are considered 'niche' -- basically anything not in Tights or in a franchise, these days -- Errol Morris has gone over to the streaming services (in this case, Netflix) with his current...

Phyllis Grande's HAUNTED Explores The True Horrors Behind An Urban Legend

The annual Cinema One Originals festival is just around the corner in the Philippines and by far - BY FAR - the film that I am most curious about in this year's line up is Phyllis Grande's documentary Haunted: A...

Exclusive MIRACLE ON 42ND STREET Clip: I'll Never Live There

Would you like to know how much Larry David paid for rent in 1977? In our exclusive clip from Miracle on 42nd Street, the manager of an apartment complex and multiple residents, including a few celebrities like Larry David (Curb...

DOC NYC 2017: Exclusive MAYNARD Trailer Premiere, From Protest to Power

Heading for its world premiere at DOC NYC on Thursday, November 16, 2017, Maynard examines the fascinating life and legacy of Maynard Jackson. We are pleased to premiere the first trailer, which you can watch below.  Here's the festival's description:...

Busan 2017 Review: THE WORK, an Essential Exploration into Masculine Fragility

There are few places in the world more terrifying than prison. For most of us, it is an environment we will never have to experience first hand, but for those who are incarcerated, it is a community of division, hostility...

Vancouver 2017 Review: MAISON DU BONHEUR, a Lovely Portrait

Filmmaker Sofia Bohdanowicz's 2016 film, Never Eat Alone, won her VIFF's Emerging Canadian Director prize for that year. Now, she returns to the festival with her newest feature, Maison du bonheur. How the film came to be is a charming...

Sitges 2017 Review: CANIBA Challenges You To Take A Long Look At A Murderer

And now for something truly different. Unconventional in almost every way, Caniba is the latest anthropological and psychological inquest from Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Their previous film, Leviathan, made for the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab wordlessly looked at the...

Review: 78/52, Examining the PSYCHO Shower Scene and Its Effect on the World

At the end of the summer of 1960, audiences and fans of British auteur Alfred Hitchcock and his already stellar filmography scurried into cinemas to watch his new film, Psycho.   Riding a growing wave of popularity, hot on the...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE, From Old-School to Extreme Horror

It's all fun and games until someone is left a whimpering mess. Five years ago, The American Scream debuted at Fantastic Fest. Under the direction of Michael Paul Stephenson (Best Worst Movie), it lovingly documented the growing phenomena of handcrafted...

Review: DO DONKEYS ACT? Where Poetry and Empathy Get Curiously Cozy

"Plunge into the intrinsic range of unfamiliar expressions, inside this wild sanctuary that offers a sonorious glimpse into the reveries, melodies, and rhapsodies of a great donkey orchestra."   What is undoubtedly one of the strangest documentaries of 2017, David...

Blu-ray Review: DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE Lives Well via Criterion

To quote a certain giant, it's happening... again. It's happening... again. To quote the giant who created the giant, you drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, you paint, and that's it. That quote, from filmmaker David Lynch, has been widely used...