Documentary

American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017)

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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017)

Oh, that word.  That strange, naughty, tantalizing word. If you were a kid growing up in the 70s or 80s – or basically any time between the end of World War II and the birth of the internet, “Playboy” was a word you didn’t dare utter.  It fit comfortably on the list of swear words […]

| June 3, 2019
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Science Fair (2018)

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Science Fair (2018)

As a veteran underachiever, I could only imagine in vivid dreams what the kids featured in the Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s documentary Science Fair must be going through.  The idea of being in high school or junior high and pushing yourself against stiff international competition to be the best in a field populated by […]

| November 20, 2018
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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: Alabama Bound (2017)

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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: Alabama Bound (2017)

“Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.“ – Martin Luther King, Jr., August 16, 1967 It has now been more than three generations since the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 that helped kick off The Civil Rights Movement, an event that, at all points, rang with […]

| August 30, 2017
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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival reviews: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival reviews: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

Over the weekend of August 25 through 27, I had the pleasure of attending The 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival in my home of Birmingham, Alabama.  Over the next two weeks I’ll be taking an intimate look at each of the 11 films that I saw. If we take Elsa Dorfman completely at first glance, […]

| August 29, 2017
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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: Step (2017)

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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: Step (2017)

Over the weekend of August 25 through 27, I had the pleasure of attending The 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival in my home of Birmingham, Alabama.  Over the next two weeks I’ll be taking an intimate look at each of the 11 films that I saw. One of the reasons that I often impart to […]

| August 28, 2017
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Tower (2016)

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Tower (2016)

The times are sadly appropriate for a documentary like Tower.  At a moment in our history when rampant shootings in Orlando Florida, Aurora Colorado and the bombing in Boston are reminding us that domestic terrorism is alive and well, it is important to remember that it is not a new problem.  2016 marks the 50th […]

| October 3, 2016
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Hillary’s America: The Secret History of The Democratic Party (2016)

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of The Democratic Party (2016)

What kind of candy-coated daffodil Disneyland has Disnesh D’Souza mistaken for reality?  What universe is this man living in?  His new film Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is not only the stupidest documentary that I’ve ever seen, but it must be the most ignorant wrong-headed, mean-spirited work of fiction ever to […]

| August 2, 2016
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Raiders!  The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

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Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

Not long ago, I gave myself the singular mission of sitting down to watch every Spielberg-directed film in chronological order from 1971’s Duel right up through the 2015 Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies.  It was a month-long project that, aside from watching the evolution of one of the greatest American filmmakers, was a chance […]

| June 21, 2016
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