Tag: documentary

Notes on Streaming: DOOM PATROL Intrigues, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Exhausts

Plus: Doc series 'Lorena' tells a strange, true story, filled with conflicts.

Notes on Streaming: Electrifying HORROR NOIRE, Problematic WHITE DRAGON

Also: 'Chungking Express' on the new Criterion Channel.

LIFE AFTER FLASH: Trailer For Charming Doc About Sam J. Jones

The documentary also delves into the making of Mike Hodges' cult classic.

Rotterdam 2019 Review: In PRESENT.PERFECT., Live Streaming and Loneliness Collide

This year's Hivos Tiger Competition winner at the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam looks at the phenomenon of live streaming in contemporary Chinese society.

Slamdance 2019: Exclusive SKI BUM: THE WARREN MILLER STORY Clip, Poster

Look, I have never ever strapped on a pair of skis and plunged down a snow-covered slope. I blame this entirely on the elegant films made by Warren Miller, which convinced me that only supremely talented athletes could hope to...

Slamdance 2019: Exclusive KIFARU Clip - Calming a Rhino

As a genre-focused film site, we are generally more eager to watch a wild white rhino creating mayhem in outrageous and unbelievable action sequences on the big screen, rather than confronting the reality of the extinction of the last male...

Slamdance 2019: Exclusive MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE Trailer Debut

Given the current political climate in the U.S., and especially, having in mind the recent attention drawn to transgender rights issues, it's difficult to imagine a better time for Markie in Milwaukee to arrive. It will screen at the Slamdance...

Notes on Streaming: FYRE Fever

The disastrous Fyre Festival in 2017 has inspired two new feature documentaries, both now available on competing streaming services.

Exclusive THE WEIGHT OF SUCCESS Clip: Doctor Vs. Doctor

Here is the U.S., the broadcast and cable networks have been especially filled with collegiate sporting contests of late, the kind where highly-paid coaches receive as much (or more) attention and credit than the (ostensibly amateur) players. What about life...

Exclusive PATRIMONIO Clip: Blockade Block

The little guy vs. the big guy. David vs. Goliath. A small coastal community in Baja, Mexico vs. "an American mega-developer threatening to destroy the town's ecosystem and existence." All three are good stories, though we only have an exclusive...

Exclusive CHINA LOVE Clip: Love, Photography and Cultural Changes

Set to enjoy its U.S. premiere as part of DOC NYC on Friday, November 9, China Love takes a look at Chinese culture through the lens of pre-wedding photography (?!). On initial blush, it sounds like quite a narrow focus;...

Intense and Disturbing, CANIBA Finally Hits U.S. Theaters

After touring the festival circuit in 2017, Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's highly disturbing documentary Caniba is finally being released in the United States courtesy of Grasshopper Films. Caniba is playing theatrically in New York during October. Then, the film...

Review: LIYANA, Charming and Inspiring Stories That Need to be Told

Liyana documents the inspiring story of a young girl in rural Swaziland, whose parents die from AIDS, and whose little twin brothers are stolen by child traffickers after she and her frail grandmother are assaulted and abused. Liyana must then...

Busan 2018 Review: FAHRENHEIT 11/9 is More Hot Air than Hot Take

14 years after his Palme D’Or winning Fahrenheit 9/11, documentarian Michael Moore seizes the opportunity to conveniently flip his title and train his satirical eye on American politics once again. Asking simply “How the fuck did this happen?!” Fahrenheit 11/9...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS, Sibling Rivalry Gets Musical

Directed by Joe Pearlman and David Soutar, the documentary examines the British band Bros and the brothers who formed its heart and soul.

Review: SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN, a True Documentary Find

Margarette von Trotta found Ingmar Bergman a long time ago.  She recollects as much in her new documentary about the iconoclast Swedish filmmaker, Searching for Ingmar Bergman, an excellent, excellent effort which she goes ahead and stars in.  She was...

Review: Documentary LOVE, GILDA Fails to Connect

When you think of Gilda Radner, are you overcome with a melancholy half-smile?  Do you chuckle when you think of her SNL characters, Roseanne Roseannadanna or "Baba Wawa"?  If so, Lisa Dapolito’s new documentary Love, Gilda is for you. Though...

Review: THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN, Incisive, Honest and Funny

Tabbert Fiiller's documentary on John Lydon's band Public Image Ltd. is the definitive portrait of this inventive, influential post-punk outfit.

Toronto 2018 Review: AMERICAN DHARMA Wrestles With Our Current Political Carnage

The third chapter in Errol Morris's documentary interview trilogy on significant figures in USA policy creation and thinking is described by the director himself as "his horror movie." Indeed, the Oscar-winning documentarian showcased a very considerate and quite repentant Secretary...

Review: BISBEE '17, Caught Between Documentary and Narrative

The city of Bisbee, Arizona is nestled between the hills and mountains of the Chihuahua desert, some 90 miles southeast of Tucson, and just seven miles north of the Mexican border. As one winds up the road to Old Bisbee,...