Tag: documentary

Fantasia 2018 Review: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, A Disturbing Look at China's Ecosystem of Internet Celebrities

There are some frightening dynamics of China’s capital and technology sectors at play in People’s Republic Of Desire, a documentary on the YY Live streaming platform. Relatively unknown in the West (who have their own online addictions issues with Facebook,...

Edinburgh 2018 Review: SAVING BRINTON Unearths Early Cinema Magic

“I like to save things, especially if it looks as if they’re too far gone,” says Michael Zars at the beginning of this documentary, and it’s soon apparent how true that statement is. Dogs, cats, plants, church steeples and ancient...

Edinburgh 2018: Scotland's Own CALIBRE Takes Top Prize

Atmospheric Scottish Highland-set thriller Calibre has taken the top prize at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival and there's good news for anyone who wants to watch the award-winning film: just a few days after it's World Premiere at the...

Now on Blu-ray: LOVE AND OTHER CULTS, Animerama, ANTIPORNO, and THE WHISPERING STAR from Third Window

UK's Third Window Films have had a rough year, but they are coming back strong with a quartet of solid releases from some of Japan's most exciting filmmakers. Today we're looking at their recent Blu-ray releases of Uchida Eiji's Love...

WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS Trailer: The MONSTER SQUAD Team and Fans Share the Love

The team behind Wolfman's Got Nards, a new documentary celebrating Fred Dekker's quintessential 80's cult flick, has released the first trailer and it looks like it could be as fun as the film it's about. The documentary seems to use...

Sam Pollard's Documentary MAYNARD Heads to Digital Platforms Soon

Back in October 2017, we premiered the first trailer for Sam Pollard's documentary Maynard, which enjoyed its world premiere at DOC NYC the following month. Aside from a theatrical run in Atlanta, Maynard will be released by Virgil Films on...

Review: WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?...   If you were a child growing up in the United States between the late 1960s and early Aughts...

Review: EVIL GENIUS Shines Darkly on Netflix

It’s a toss-up as to whether one identifies more with the murder suspects or the murder victims, and that’s part of what makes Netflix's Evil Genius such irresistible viewing in its first two episodes.  Part of me wants to say: “That’s...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: THE RUSSIAN JOB Makes You Laugh on the Inside

How is this for an elevator pitch:  What if Roy Andersson directed Roger & Me? No pitch is necessary, because a collaboration between a Czech journalist, Petr Horký, and freelance photographer (and regular contributor to the New York Times) Milan...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: CERES Connects Children to the Land

With so much of the worlds population living in cities, where all the food comes from the grocery store, or some variant of urban market, immediate, highly proximate documentaries such as Janet Van den Bran's Ceres are essential. She follows...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: TUNGRUS, 15 Minutes of Tragicomic Absurdity

"If anybody wants to adopt a rooster, do your research, and as with all pets, be prepared for life to become hell." Tungrus examines the perils of pet ownership in a middle-class Mumbai flat, when a family adopts a 2...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: SHIRKERS, Weaponized Narcissism

Sandi Tan is the writer, director, narrator, and star of Shirkers, the documentary slash true crime story of her first film (also called Shirkers) which she made with her high school pals, and a mysterious American benefactor. The benefactor, named...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: DREAMING MURAKAMI, Found In Translation

The perfect sentence does not exist. Language is a way of thinking, but it is a boundary, not the infinite. Perhaps, there is a perfect thought. Or a perfect dream. There is very likely a perfect musical note. Language remains...

Tribeca 2018 Dispatch: Showbiz Documentaries

The typical showbiz documentary, like the true-crime doc, the unexplored-niche doc and so many other related subgenres, has its hooks, its patterns, its agendas. What’s neat about some of the showbiz docs at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) this year...

Friday One Sheet: 93QUEEN and THE RUSSIAN JOB

Hot Docs is currently happening in Toronto, and while researching what to see, and what to include in our previous Curtain Raiser post, I came across a few well designed posters for films at the fest. One publicist was kind...

Friday One Sheet: WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR And The Halo Gradient

The first time I saw the 'halo gradient' character poster was in the marketing for Judd Apatow's The 40 Year Old Virgin. Since then, it has become kind somewhat of a key art cliche. This is mainly due to the...

Notes on Streaming: WILD WILD COUNTRY Digs Deep Into Fear and Religion

Where were you in 1981? In June of that year, I attended a lonely Saturday morning screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unable to convince any of my friends to accompany me to a movie widely perceived as a...

Marijuana and THE GREEN STANDARD To Be Debated in U.S.

In the 1970s, we argued in my Los Angeles high school about the relative merits of "softer" drugs, like marijuana, versus "harder" drugs, like heroin. They were all evil, according to nearly all adult authorities, which made all of them...

Hot Docs 2018: THE ARTIST & THE PERVERT, North American Trailer Debut

Our attention turns to the upcoming Hot Docs Film Festival here in Toronto in April. Of the many films that will raise eyebrows and questions the film The Artist & The Pervert by directors Beatrice Behn and René Gebhardt is...

Exclusive Clip From CAPTURING THE FLAG: We Must Have Power

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, Capturing the Flag captures a day that is still reverberating throughout the United States. Synopsis: Capturing The Flag tells the story of...