The Civil War (or Who Do We Think We Are) (2021)

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The Civil War (or Who Do We Think We Are) (2021)

It is difficult for me to look at Rachel Boynton’s documentary Civil War (or Who Do We Think We Are) without reeling back a few weeks to another portrait of the debate over Confederate monuments: C.J. Hunt’s The Neutral Ground.  Both films are focused on illustrating the varying perspectives that have kept the punctuation of […]

| September 22, 2021
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Cry Macho (2021)

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Cry Macho (2021)

Cowboys always lament that they are a dying breed, that the rapid progress of mankind is pushing them out of existence.  The same might be said of movie stars.  In the progression of technology, the speed at which movies are made, and demand for “on-demand” there’s little time for actors to grow, to become so […]

| September 17, 2021
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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: Our NOT-depressing look at 9/11 and the media

The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: Our NOT-depressing look at 9/11 and the media

This episode, Jerry and Doug discuss the impact of the events of 09/11/2001 had on the media thereafter. There is a lot to talk about so this is a long one.

| September 11, 2021
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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: The Kid (1921)

The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: The Kid (1921)

This episode, Jerry and Doug step back 100 years to 1921 and Charlie Chaplin’s first feature: The Kid! This brief but lovable movie has remained funny and touching for a century, and for good reason. Watch your window panes and don’t let The Little Tramp behind you, he will kick you.

| September 6, 2021
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John and the Hole (2020)

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John and the Hole (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] John and the Hole is a movie with a lot of questions that need to be answered.  Yet, I’m afraid that when the story is finally concluded, the answers don’t present themselves.  Here is a […]

| August 29, 2021
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Carterland (2021)

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Carterland (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Was Jimmy Carter a maligned genius?  History’s greatest monster?  Or was he merely a functionary who occupied the Oval Office and made no impact whatsoever?  The very strange contrast to the public image of Jimmy […]

| August 29, 2021
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Kubrick by Kubrick (2020)

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Kubrick by Kubrick (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Walking into the new documentary Kubrick by Kubrick, it was hard not to be cynical.  I mean, what can the movie show me that I haven’t already seen before?  After in-depth studies of Stanley Kubrick’s […]

| August 29, 2021
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Ema (2019)

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Ema (2019)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Pablo Larraine’s Ema opens with one of the most striking images that I can recall.  It’s nighttime on an empty street and we are looking at a stoplight on fire.  I hoped and prayed that […]

| August 29, 2021