Documentary

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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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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The Capote Tapes (2019)

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The Capote Tapes (2019)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Truman Capote was a jerk to his friends.  At least, that is the message that I took away from the new documentary The Capote Tapes which traces the life of one of the most famous […]

| August 28, 2021
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Ailey (2021)

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Ailey (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] I’ll admit, I am always at a distance when it comes to ballet.  I know that I am suppose to pull my own interpretation into the routine to unlock the message that the dancer is […]

| August 28, 2021
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Whirlybird (2020)

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Whirlybird (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Previous to seeing Matt Yoba’s documentary Whirlybird, I only knew Bob Tur as that guy who filmed O.J.’s infamous chase down the L.A. Freeway in his white Ford Broncho.  That’s a pretty lofty bit of […]

| August 28, 2021
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Television Event (2020)

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Television Event (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] I have a persistent theory that every movie is a window onto the times in which it was made.  This is perhaps illustrated no better than with The Day After, a widely publicized scare drama […]

| August 28, 2021
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The Neutral Ground (2021)

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The Neutral Ground (2021)

As with most fire-breathing racial debates over the past five years, I sat watching long debate over the removal of Confederate monuments with a rather knee-jerk indifference.  I am a white American living in relative comfort without a visible racial background so, like many others watching from our living rooms, I didn’t quite understand how […]

| August 26, 2021
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