Documentary

The 95th Academy Award nominees: ‘Navalny’

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The 95th Academy Award nominees: ‘Navalny’

Nominations:• Best Documentary Feature It is clear from the very beginning that we know that Alexi Navalny is a marked man.  He is certain that his time upon this mortal coil is short and so he uses the best defense that is  available to him: humor.  Stepping into Daniel Roher’s documentary Navalny, he makes the […]

| February 4, 2023
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The 95th Academy Award Nominees: ‘All That Breathes’

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The 95th Academy Award Nominees: ‘All That Breathes’

Nominations:• Best Documentary Feature Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes is a deeply moving and deeply introspective documentary that uses the poetry of observation to convey the information that the natural world is being strangled by the reckless impulses of mankind.  This, of course, is nothing new, but the movie doesn’t shame us.  It doesn’t rub […]

| January 28, 2023
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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (2022)

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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (2022)

Nobody two people ever really see the same movie, despite looking at exactly the same images.  It is the fascinating mystery of the cinema’s effect on the human brain.  Our noggins are so wired into expectation but never-the-less we are all separated by experience.  We see what we want to see, and no one ever […]

| December 7, 2022
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Bitterbrush (2022)

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Bitterbrush (2022)

I am, what you might call, the indoorsy type.  I am a land lover, a city-dweller, a home-body.  When I am outside too long, I start to get anxious to be back inside with my creature comforts: my couch, my computer, my movies, etc.  My immediate future involves watching Black Adam and getting a few […]

| October 18, 2022
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Free Chol Soo Lee (2022)

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Free Chol Soo Lee (2022)

Ten years ago, when news hit that Rodney King had died of an accidental drowning in Rialto California, I remember one of the local talk show hosts in my home of Birmingham, Alabama questioning why King never became more of a community leader.  Why did he not take his fame and bolster it into something […]

| August 25, 2022
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Citizen Ashe (2021)

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Citizen Ashe (2021)

When I was a kid in the late 70s and early 80s, I was never tennis-oriented, or for that matter sport-oriented.  Tennis was an interesting part of the television tapestry – the people programming the new fledgling cable channel HBO seemed obsessed with it.  I was, however, aware of the Mount Rushmore of players, which […]

| June 26, 2022
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George Carlin’s American Dream (2022)

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George Carlin’s American Dream (2022)

I have a feeling that if George Carlin had espoused his views in any medium other than comedy, then he might have been assassinated.  Yet, because his views were couched in the comforts of the format of stand-up, his tirades against such collar-tugging issues as politics, religion, sex, death, greed, corruption and the general backwards […]

| May 20, 2022
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The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (2022)

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The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (2022)

Netflix’s newest “tapes” documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is a disgusting bag of tabloid trash, a movie that purports to take us behind the Hollywood façade to the real-life Norma Jean heard through audio tapes made more than 60 years ago.  What it is really doing is gluing together pieces and […]

| April 27, 2022
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