Category Archives: Documentary

Cow

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COW

This documentary debuted at Cannes Film Festival in 2021, but was released in theaters on a limited release in April. It is from Academy Award winning documentarian Andrea Arnold. It is a fascinating look at the lives of two cows, a mother and her calf. The mother, a dairy cow, was named Luma and lived […]

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True Crime: What Happens when $250m of Bitcoin Randomly Disappears?

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Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King | Official Trailer | Netflix

A new true crime documentary is heading to Netflix later this month that delves into what happened after Gerry Cotten, the CEO of Canada’s largest Cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, died in mysterious circumstances. Unfortunately for their investors he took the password to $250 million of customers’ funds to the grave. Or did he? “Trust No One: […]

True Crime: What Happens when $250m of Bitcoin Randomly Disappears?
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Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

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Director: Rita Baghdadi By Morgan Roberts “Sirens”(2022) is a documentary film which gives audiences an intimate look into lives of the women of the band Slave to Sirens. Slave to Sirens is a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon. The two central individuals of focus are guitarists Lilas and Shery. Lilas […]

Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”
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“Jackass Forever” kicks up $23 million, “Moonfall” sets at $10

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Jackass Forever

A bigger Saturday than expected pushed the latest”Jackass” film comfortably above $20 million on its opening weekend. That’s probably about twice its production costs. $23 million, it’ll probably end up with $35-40 million, all in. Johnny Knoxville, if he hangs it up as a comical stunt dummy, will have started in five movies that opened […]

BOX OFFICE: “Jackass Forever” kicks up $23 million, “Moonfall” sets at $10
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JAGGED: clear-eyed, but not that angry after all

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Jagged is a surprisingly addictive biodoc of singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, packed with Morissette’s own reflections. Jagged traces Morissette’s beginnings as a child prodigy and teen pop princess (big hair and all) to the point where she matured into an innovative songwriter and groundbreaking stadium act. The […]

JAGGED: clear-eyed, but not that angry after all

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‘Framing Agnes’ Sundance Review

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-Allison McCulloch Born a girl … so rude! Framing Agnes is a powerful documentary about transgender men and women’s experiences to make sure that the younger trans generation knows they are not alone. Jules Gill-Peterson talks about how she got a PhD in order to have the qualifications to do the research to get what […]

‘Framing Agnes’ Sundance Review

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The Forever Prisoner (2021): It was torture indeed

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HBO documentary “The Forever Prisoner” is often sobering and chilling in its calm but blistering presentation on what the US government allowed to happen in the name of War on Terror. While it did not surprise or shock you much if you are familiar with its main subjects, the documentary is still captivating as providing […]

The Forever Prisoner (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): It was torture indeed
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THE GREAT BUSTER: A CELEBRATION

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Before he was a filmmaker, Peter Bogdanovich was a critic and historian par excellence. Coming of age as the first wave of Hollywood filmmakers were being put out to pasture, Bogdanovich sat at the feet of the men who made the movies and fell in love. Among those titans he admired, Buster Keaton stood tall, […]

THE GREAT BUSTER: A CELEBRATION
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BECOMING COUSTEAU: A Legacy Of Reflection, Desperation, And Hope

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While it doesn’t dig as deep as one may hope, Becoming Cousteau is an honest yet engrossing portrait of one of the most iconic explorers.

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The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea (2021)

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Directors: John Choi, Rob Sixsmith Writers: Nicolina Lanni, Rob Sixsmith, Conal Whyte Stars: Kwon Il-Yong, Kim Hee Sook, Cho Wook Hee RATING: 4 Stars From 2003 to 2004, in a span of less than a year, Yoo Young-chul killed a total of 20 people in various parts of Seoul, targeting victims including wealthy elderly people, […]

The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea (2021) Netflix Review
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Behind the Masks: Horror Documentaries

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Today, we’re going to take a slight detour from our regularly scheduled programming, and step away from the in-universe appeal of horror films. Instead, we’re taking a step back behind the curtain, behind the scenes, and dedicating a bit of time to the cogs and pieces that make these films work so well, even after […]

Behind the Masks: Horror Documentaries
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Velvet Underground Documentary

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Todd Haynes is not a joker. He took the task of creating the perhaps definitive Velvet Underground documentary very seriously. “The Velvet Underground”, is a sparsely titled, restrained, bleak, avant guarde mirror reflecting the velvet evolution: the conception, birth, life and death of the most important band that ever was. It is 180 minutes of […]

The Velvet Evolution: Review of the 2021 Todd Haynes Velvet Underground Documentary
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The Big Mouth

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I was curious about Errol Morris’ AMERICAN DHARMA, about Trump advisor and Breitbart exec Steve Bannon, but not apparently curious enough to see it when it was new. I finally checked it out. Essentially, it conforms to the conclusions I’ve already drawn about Morris’s filmmaking. When he was making documentaries about ordinary people, he had […]

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The Devil’s Drivers

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Hamouda and his cousin Ismail are Palestinian Bedouins living in the town of Yatta. With few ways to make a decent living, they offer a unique taxi service, driving Palestinian workers across the Negev desert to a southern gap where Israel’s border wall hasn’t been finished. Or smuggling Palestinian workers, I should say, as this […]

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Val (2021)

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Title – Val (2021)  Director – Ting Poo & Leo Scott (feature debuts)  Cast – Val Kilmer, Jack Kilmer  Plot – An exploration of the life and times of Val Kilmer, utilizing countless hours of footage the ailing performer shot across his journey as both an upcoming actor and one of the hottest stars in Hollywood.  […]

Film Review – Val (2021)
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Film Review – Stray (2020)

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Title – Stray (2020) Director – Elizabeth Lo (feature debut) Cast – Zeytin, Nazar, Kartal Plot – Follows the day to day goings about of Zeytin, a stray dog on the streets of the sometimes harsh, sometimes caring city of Istanbul. “Nothing bothers someone who lives day to day” Review by Eddie on 02/08/2021 In […]

Film Review – Stray (2020)
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When All That’s Left is Love (2019)

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Director: Eric Gordon Running time: 1hr 17mins In the end, statistics are just numbers – and this means they always have an element of comfortable distance to them. For instance, 44 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. In a world of 7 billion human beings, the true horror […]

When All That’s Left is Love (2019) – 5 stars
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Roadrunner, I’ve Seen It

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By Karen The documentary about Anthony Bourdain that we’ve been anticipating for at least two years finally hit theaters today, and I just returned from the first showing. Besides me, only 11 other people, including four men, were in the audience. I sat in the top row corner in case I got emotional and had […]

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“The Sleepless Unrest”

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It doesn’t look like much. The Harrisville, Rhode Island home might not get a lot of second or third looks on Zillow. “Needs paint” translates as “rustic” and “historic.” “Low ceilings” just means its out of date. But “historic” is right on the mark. This 300 year-old wood frame/clapboard house is where the events depicted […]

Documentary Review: The “Conjuring” house goes AirBnB — “The Sleepless Unrest”
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Tribeca 2021: “Enemies of the State”

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Nowadays, it is so difficult to differentiate the truth from lies. False allegations and conspiracy theories are easily being spread to be sold as the truths. But the only person who knows what is the truth and what is not is the one who becomes a ‘target’ of it. […]

Tribeca 2021: “Enemies of the State”
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