Tag: documentary

AnarchyVision: From Whistler 2016, Talking LA LA LAND, SLED DOGS & I AM BOLT

This week's movies hit from the slopes of Whistler, BC, site of their sixteenth anual international film festival. A fantastic showcase for American Indies, Canadian premieres and loads of docs, it's kind of a "Sundance North", full of energizing conversations,...

Review: GOODNIGHT BROOKLYN - THE STORY OF DEATH BY AUDIO, Living, Breathing, Fiery Passion

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...

Review: MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI Pays Tribute to an Electrifying Actor

Undeniably the most recognizable and prominent actor in the history of Japanese cinema, Mifune Toshiro has not only influenced generations of young performers, who passionately aspire to follow in his footsteps even nowadays, but also forever changed the perception of...

Black Nights 2016 Review: ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, The Pain of a Terrible Crime

In 2012, a young medical student, Jyoti Singh, was gang-raped and brutally beaten by six men on a bus in New Delhi, later dying of her injuries. This sparked a nation-wide protest, with thousands calling on the government, and Indian...

Exclusive Clip: LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD Testifies to the Strength of Gertrude Bell

Set to enjoy its North American premiere at Doc NYC this coming Saturday, November 12, Letters From Baghdad is a documentary about Gertrude Bell, who became, arguably, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in the days after World...

Trieste 2016 Review: FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK, A Fascinating Portrait

More than any other character or image from the 50-year culture phenomenon that is Star Trek, arguably nothing is more instantly recognizable than Spock, and his gesture of greeting. When Leonard Nimoy died last year, the outpouring of affection was...

TICKLED: Check Out An Exclusive Clip From The Director's Commentary

After winning raves on the festival circuit David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's documentary Tickled hits digital outlets - iTunes, Google Play and all the rest - tomorrow (November 1st) and so if you've not yet delved into the perplexing, hilarious...

AnarchyVision: Talking MOONLIGHT, THE HANDMAIDEN and More

In this weekend at the movies chat, I talk about the fantastic Moonlight, Park Chan-Wook's terrific The Handmaiden, the great music doc Oasis: Supersonic and, uh, Inferno....

BFI Brings Early Scorsese, THE CRYING GAME, Lino Brocka and More to Blu-ray

On Friday the British Film Institute unveiled their upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release slate, and it promises to be a wealth of riches, including the early Scorsese classics Who's That Knocking at my Door? and Oscar winner Alice Doesn't Live...

Exclusive Clip: THE KILLING SEASON, "I'm Scared to Death of That Man"

"I'm scared to death of that man," says a woman in reaction to a photo. The chilling moment is captured in an exclusive clip from The Killing Season, a new documentary series that premieres on A&E Network with back-to-back episodes...

Review: TOWER, Strikingly Told and Sadly Relevant

On a hot summer day in 1966, multiple shots rang out and a body fell down. Within moments, a teenager was dead and his pregnant girlfriend lay bleeding by his side. That was only the beginning of a horrifying 90...

Review: INTO THE INFERNO, Herzog Versus The Volcano

In Into the Inferno, this dynamic duo, in a true Herzogian fashion, takes us to the various volcanos around the globe - from North Korea to Ethiopia to Iceland to the Vanuatu Archipelago, and touches upon the impermanence of human existence on literally 'thin crust' and the awesome power of nature and our belief system.

Review: WE ARE X, More Than Just a Music Doc About X Japan

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,...

MonsterFest 2016: A Gunfight, Deadly Relatives and an Autopsy Lead First Wave of Titles

MonsterFest is coming! Prepare yourselves, Melbourne, Australia, for your fill of fantastic film delights at the end of November. The first wave of titles was announced today and there are heaps of goodness coming to Melbs.    Attendees will see...

Catch A Glimpse Of Soweto's Extreme Music Scene With Documentary Short BLACK BLACK METAL

There are a whole host of assumptions about what sort of music, fashion and other cultural accoutrements black people like here in North America, and really all around the world. 'Urban' is the usual code word, and 'urban' in the...

Review: DANNY SAYS, More Than a Remarkable Musical Story

Danny says we gotta go Gotta go to Idaho But we can't go surfin' 'Cause it's 20 below Those words open The Ramones' song "Danny Says," from their woefully under appreciated Phil Spector produced 1980 album, End of the Century....

Documentary filmmakers launch fundraising campaign for in-depth film on indigenous Amazonian communities

Documentary filmmakers, Adam Punzano and Joe Tucker, are seeking funds to complete their documentary on the indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $10,000 in order to take the documentary through editing and post-production, and...

Toronto 2016 Review: THE B-SIDE, A Sunny Portrait of Polaroid Photographer Elsa Dorfman

"Almost all human endeavour is ephemeral, all that is left in the end is love and friendship." So said Errol Morris at the screening of his latest movie, The B-Side, in which he spends a little over an hour on-screen...

Now on Blu-ray: RAIDERS!, An Engaging Tale of Bootstrap Ingenuity

When Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in 1981, it was unlike anything American theaters had seen for at least a generation. Set in 1936, the homage to the adventure serials of the '30s and '40s proved...

Review: CAMERAPERSON, A Moving Self-Portrait Of A Veteran Cinematographer

Kirsten Johnson's career as a cinematographer is a long and accomplished one in the documentary field. She is responsible for images of countless documentaries by filmmakers such as Laura Poitras, Michael Moore, Kirby Dick and many more. Her work took...