Documentary

Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

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Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

Whenever I hear that a couple has been married for a long time, say 40 or 50 or even 60 years, my mind tries to consider how such a thing is possible.  What keeps people together?  How do they manage a marriage that takes up 80% of their lives?  How do you settle with another […]

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stories We Tell (2012)

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Stories We Tell (2012)

Even the loneliest man who ever lived had a mother and a father.  No matter how superfluous he may have been in later life, he was born somewhere and meant something to someone.  That’s the great truth of humanity.  We all come from the same space; we all come from the same reproductive process.  We […]

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Room 237 (2012)

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Room 237 (2012)

Is Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining really about the holocaust?  How does it figure in the genocide of the Native Americans?  Can it be used to prove that the moon landing was a hoax?  It may sound ridiculous that one fade-in shot of Jack Nicholson’s hairline suggests Hitler’s mustache, but try telling that […]

| November 21, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Janeane from Des Moines (2012)

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Janeane from Des Moines (2012)

Janeane from Des Moine is a very confused and unsatisfying film.  Here is a movie that tries to be part political documentary and part fictional melodrama and fails on both levels.  It is one thing to make a bad movie, it is quite another to make a movie that is dishonest.  That this film is […]

| October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Samsara (2012)

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Samsara (2012)

We have been told that there are six degrees of separation between us and every other person on this planet.  The census conducted in 2000 revealed that our population had passed 7.4 billion.  That is a lot of sixes to divide up.  If you are in doubt about that theory, all you need to do […]

| September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments
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2016: Obama’s America

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2016: Obama’s America

There may be no other president in American history that has brought about more speculation or more contention of opinion than Barak Hussein Obama.  When the final history is written, the Obama administration will be looked on and studied for generations to come, perhaps for different reasons than most.  Whether you believe that Obama was […]

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

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Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

To watch Katy Perry onstage is something akin to visiting a carnival.  Her stage shows are firework displays of lights, colors and outfits that redefine the word “kinky.”  With her Bettie Page hair-style, lollypop dresses and candy-colored stage props, she resembles less a serious artist than some kind of strange anime sex dream.  Under that […]

| July 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011)

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011)

There’s an impulse within some people to create that becomes a single-minded passion. Kevin Clash remembers when the itch to create puppets first struck him. At a young age, he laid eyes on the perfect fabric and was propelled to start cutting, shaping and molding until he had created the image that was in his […]

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
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