Category Archives: Documentary

When All That’s Left is Love (2019)

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

“The Sleepless Unrest”

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 “Low ceilings” just means its out of date.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”

Tribeca 2021: “Ailey”

Dancing is an important element that helps tell the story of love, passion, struggle, pain and even death. It also reveals the identity of the one who performs it and of those who watch.

From director Jamila Wignot, “Ailey” is a beautifully crafted documentary that centers around Alvin Ailey, an African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Tribeca 2021: “Ailey”

SEX, DRUGS & BICYCLES (2020)

Greetings again from the darkness.  For anyone who still believes documentaries are dry and boring, the cure is this latest from Jonathan Blank, a filmmaker who returns to Holland 25 years after his first documentary, SEX, DRUGS & DEMOCRACY (1994). Entertaining and informative is a terrific blend as Mr. Blank uses interviews, statistics, and animation […]

SEX, DRUGS & BICYCLES (2021, doc)

“Plenty” of Fish in the Sea – Seaspiracy (2021)

Not a fun time. Meet filmmaker Ali Tabrizi. He likes to do his part for the environment. He picks up trash on beaches, he always carries around a reusable water bottle, and he donates money to marine conservation groups. But can he be doing more? This documentary is about him traveling the world and conducting […]

“Plenty” of Fish in the Sea – Seaspiracy (2021)

Classic Documentary Review: “The New Deal for Artists” (1976)

“The New Deal for Artists” was a mid-70s documentary for public television that gathered many of the folks who benefited from Franklin Roosevelt’s assorted New Deal work projects to talk about how that Great Depression “put people back to work” program benefited themselves, American art and America in general. From New York theater types to […]

Classic Documentary Review: “The New Deal for Artists” (1976)

Documentary Review: Superheroes with snouts — “The Truffle Hunters”

In villages in the hill country of extreme northwestern Italy life moves slowly, and can seem to revolve around an elite corps with names like Nina, Birba, Pepe, Leo and Siana, Tina and Jeri, Fiona and Titina. They are the adored dogs with the million Euro noses, “The Truffle Hunters.” Sure, their human partners are […]

Documentary Review: Superheroes with snouts — “The Truffle Hunters”