Tag: documentary

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.

Imagine 2019 Review: MEMORY Reminds Us Why We Love ALIEN

(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...

Art of the Real: A Celebration of Non-Narrative Filmmaking

As an adventurous spectator of cinema who writes about films and is very much interested in where cinema is headed as an art form, I can say that Art of the Real, a film series that showcases innovative, daring, non-narrative...

San Francisco 2019: Watch Exclusive AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY Clip

The San Francisco International Film Festival 2019 is right around the corner. We are pleased to premiere an exclusive clip from Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, a documentary by director Cheryl Haines that will enjoy its world premiere at the festival,...

SXSW 2019 Review: TREAD Tells the Wild Story of a Bulldozer Rampage in Colorado

On June 4, 2004, Marvin Heemeyer--a businessman and an Air Force veteran--started up his Komatsu D355A tractor. Prior to the date, Heemeyer spent countless hours building a virtually impenetrable concrete-and-steel shell around the top of the tractor. After firing up...

SXSW 2019: First HUMAN NATURE Trailer Explores a Big Tech Revolution

The documentary explores a technology with tremendous potential. How and when should it be used?

Friday One Sheet: HAIL SATAN?

Leaving neon behind for a spell, and focusing on the dark lord himself, this week's key art is from Penny Lane's documentary that focuses on the religious group, The Satanic Temple. Hail Satan? still cheekily catches the eye with its...

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...