Tag: documentary

Review: THE KIDS IN THE HALL, A Funny Kind of Love Story

The comedy troupe reboots for a new season via Prime Video. Also, the new doc 'Comedy Punks' gives a fresh perspective.

Hot Docs 2022: BLUE ISLAND Trailer, Where Did Hong Kong Go?

I know a few people in Hong Kong who are wrestling with this question right now: Should I stay or should I go? Director Chan Tze Woon's film Blue Island has just won the 2022 Best International Feature Documentary Award...

Hot Docs 2022: ETERNAL SPRING Trailer, Survival and a Battle

Jason Loftus' animated documentary Eternal Spring just won multiple awards at the recently-concluded Hot Docs 2022, where it made its North American premiere. "Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong's art, Eternal Spring," according to the official verbiage,...

Calgary Underground 2022 Review: WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY, Authentic Feel-Good Experience

The Metaverse is coming. But before we get to that future dystopia, be it Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash or Zuck’s cringey-what-have-you, there is this charming little cafe-stop along the way.   Joe Hunting’s We Met In Virtual Reality is a surprisingly...

Now on 4K: FOR ALL MANKIND, The Final Frontier Still Beckons

Al Reinert's stunning documentary is a wonder of independent filmmaking.

Now Streaming: THEY CALL ME MAGIC, Approaching Hagiography

Professional basketball player and businessman Earvin Johnson is showcased in a docuseries, premiering globally on Apple TV+. Rick Famuyiwa directed.

Review: COW, Up Close and Personal

Director Andrea Arnold brilliantly documents the life of a milk cow.

Blu-ray Review: THE LAST WALTZ, An Endless Jamboree

In reviewing the jaw-dropping induction of Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz into the Criterion Collection, one must begin with its remarkable cover art. It’s a photograph that I have never seen before -- this coming from someone who has seen...

Miami 2022 Review: THE ART OF MAKING IT, The Code of the Art World

Like I suspect a lot of people, I have a few original art pieces, but not too many; sadly the price tag of much art work vastly outnumbers my income. But then, a piece of art is (usually) unique, and...


The brand new feature-length documentary ‘The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune’ chronicles the creation of David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi epic which starred Kyle MacLachlan, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, Virginia Madsen, Brad Dourif, Jürgen Prochnow, Max...

Sundance 2022 Review: THE PRINCESS Captures Life and Death of Lady Di By One Thousand Lenses

Director Ed Perkins' documentary relives the fate, myth and media legacy of the late princess.

Review: A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING Documents India's Student Protests with Poeticism

Payal Kapadia's documentary is a tapestry of grainy 16mm, archival and surveillance cam footage, beautifully capturing the spirit of youth and their undying idealism in the chaotic, uncertain times in which we live.

Sundance 2022 Review: MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM, Culturally Loaded Artifact

Meet Me In The Bathroom, Lizzy Goodman’s oral history of the New York music scene that emerged from the ashes of the 20th century, is essential rock-and-roll reading for anyone with an even passing interest in modern pop culture… and...

Review: JACKASS FOREVER, A Jackass-terpiece Of Inspired Idiocy

I’m going to be completely honest here: I don’t know why I’m writing this. Jackass is an American institution, the kind of singular cultural artifact that is immune to film criticism, almost universally either loved or hated, before you walk...

Now on Blu-ray: LITTLE GIRL, Embrace and Accept

Sebastien Lifshitz directed the deeply affecting documentary, now on home video from Music Box Films.

Blu-ray Review: TIME, Spellbinding Work Of Lived, and Living, Memory

It's striking to me how much joy there is in Garrett Bradley's 2020 documentary, Time. It overflows with it. It earns those moments of overflowing. This is a slim 81-minute feature that essays 20 round years of what would be,...

Opening This Week: A HERO Surprises, SEE FOR ME Thrills, THE 355 Mystifies

Also: 'Monsters in the Closet' brings forth terrors, while 'American Gadfly' documents a surprising political candidate.

Review: FLEE, Guise and Truth in Animated Documentary on Flight of the Refugees

Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated documentary chronicles the harrowing journey of an Afghan war refugee.

DOC NYC 2021 Review: DEAN MARTIN: KING OF COOL, Some Cats Never Die

Directed by Tom Donahue, the documentary examines the life of a cool cat who cut an independent path through mainstream entertainment.

Review: PROCESSION, Filmmaking As a Conduit for Healing

Directed by Robert Greene, 'Procession' is one of the most powerful and important documentaries ever made.