Tag: documentary

Vancouver 2019 Review: THE WORLD IS BRIGHT, Touching to Watch, Thrilling to Follow

Mr. and Mrs. Deng were at home in Beijing when they received word from the Canadian government that their son, Shi Ming, had committed suicide in Vancouver, where he'd been living. The notification contained little detail, and the Dengs were...

Now in Theaters: WRINKLES THE CLOWN May Delight or Disturb, Depending on You

Is he a mastermind or a monster? Michael Beach Nichols directed the documentary.

Review: MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN Bursts Open Mythology

(That's Dan O'Bannon peeping around the corner...) Over the past decade, writer-director Alexandre O. Philippe has made a name for himself as a documentary maker, picking all sorts of interesting subjects like Paul the Psychic Octopus, or Star Wars fandom...

Review: DIEGO MARADONA Doco, Director Asif Kapadia's Third Masterpiece

Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy) strikes gold again with the near-perfect biopic of footballer Diego Maradona. The documentary director depicts what many consider ‘the hand of god’ in such a way that highlights both Maradona’s immense skills as a player, and...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Plumbs the Depths of Fame

Budding star Mark Patton's life and career were permanently altered by the queerest horror film of all time. Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen explain in their new doc.

WRINKLES THE CLOWN Plans to Unnerve the World

If you suffer from coulrophobia, read no further.

Lima 2019 Review: Jairo Pinilla Will Have His Revenge On Colombia In LA VENGANZA DE JAIRO

South America is probably not the first place you’d think about when it comes to genre cinema, but over the years, a host of emerging talent has managed to put us on the map. Brazil’s Rodrigo Aragao (The Black Forest),...

Review: COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD, Pretzels of Truth and Performance Art

"This could either be the world's biggest murder mystery, or the world's most idiotic conspiracy theory." Two years before the JFK assassination, on the 18th of September 1961, the world was shocked by the suspicious death of the second serving...

Blu-ray Review: Into THE INLAND SEA With Donald Richie

Criterion devours its own tail with a movie based on a book based on a trip by a critic who has provided a lot of Criterion commentaries.

Review: MIKE WALLACE IS HERE, A Simple Doc for Simpler Times

Avi Belkin's documentary explores the life of the legendary television journalist.

Review: In MAIDEN, Sexism Goes to Sea

Directed by Alex Holmes, the documentary recounts the epic voyage of an all-female crew.

Friday One Sheet: ECHO IN THE CANYON Recalls Jack Davis

By a strange co-incidence, this Jack Davis inspired key art appeared for Andrew Slater's documentary on the Laurel Canyon folk music of the 1960s, Echo in the Canyon, debuted almost exactly the same time that the iconic Mad Magazine issued...

IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS Teaser: New Doc About The History of Martial Arts Cinema

Here is a teaser for a new documentary from filmmaker Serge Ou called Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks. Fresh from the producers of riotously entertaining Electric Boogaloo and Machete Maidens Unleashed it follows the rist of martial arts cinema,...

COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD: Get Lost in the Details of the Trailer

Armed with a plinth hat, a metal detector, two Cuban cigars and an investigating partner who doesn't smoke, Mads Brügger returns to Africa with his most ambitious documentary project yet. You may recall this previous efforts at starting own blood-diamond...

Interview: HALSTON Director Frédéric Tcheng and Producer Roland Ballester Rediscover the American Fashion Icon

Halston highlights of the glittering life, stratospheric success, and tragic dismantling of an American icon.  Roy Halston Frowick, a boy from the Midwest, came to New York City to put American fashion on the international map in a way never...

Hot Docs 2019 Review: HONEYLAND Intertwines Humanity and Mother Earth in a Melancholy, Universal Story

We first meet Haditze walking precariously cliff-side to harvest a wild colony of bees. With the sun gorgeously settling in on the valley, she makes her way back to the isolated homestead she keeps with her infirm octogenarian mother. It...

Hot Docs 2019 Review: COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD Is Hella-Good Storytelling

"This could either be the world's biggest murder mystery, or the world's most idiotic conspiracy theory." Two years before the JFK assassination, on the 18th of September 1961, the world was shocked by the suspicious death of the second serving...

TROUPERS Trailer: Documentary Tackles Aging in Hollywood

Troupers, a documentary about growing old in Hollywood, proves it's never too late to follow your dreams. The hit documentary that originally aired on PBS will see a wider release Friday, May 3rd, 2019 from Global Digital Releasing. From filmmakers...

Friday One Sheet: PUSH

Hot Docs is coming to Toronto, and what better way to celebrate that than with a documentary on the increasing urban-global housing crisis (of which several Canadian cities qualify). Fredrik Gertten's documentary examines the 'gentrification' issue in a variety of...

Review: INSTANT DREAMS, Chemicals As a Starting Point

Willem Baptist's film explores the magic, science and wonder of Polaroid photos and an array of devoted followers.