Documentary

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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Navalny (2022)

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Navalny (2022)

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 statement that his story […]

| April 22, 2022
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Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (2022)

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Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (2022)

I never really thought much about John Wayne Gacy.  That’s largely because I don’t spend a lot of time delving into the lives of serial killers – when you’ve seen one serial killer documentary, it seems like you’ve seen them all.  Gacy in particular is troublesome to me; not just his crimes but his legacy.  […]

| April 20, 2022
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Return to Space (2022)

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Return to Space (2022)

Netflix’s SpaceX documentary Return to Space is a work of love and hope and wonder – at least when it’s not stroking the fevering dreams of Elon Musk.  Here is a documentary for and about one of the wealthiest men in the world, a man whose dreams of returning to space dance in his eyes as […]

| April 8, 2022
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Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off (2022)

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Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off (2022)

Needless to say, every sport has a hero who rises beyond the competitive arena and becomes a household name even to those who don’t follow it.  Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Venus and Serena, Shaun White, Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali, Walter Payton, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Phelps all have names their defy their discipline and are known […]

| April 5, 2022
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Babi Yar. Context (2022)

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Babi Yar. Context (2022)

The approach is sort of striking at first, if not a touch off-putting.  Babi Yar. Context sets itself apart from your standard documentary by simply giving us images, video, faces, snatches of dialogue and interspersed are helpful pieces of text so that we know where we are without gobs of commentary.  Sergei Loznitsa’s film is […]

| April 1, 2022
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How to Survive a Pandemic (2022)

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How to Survive a Pandemic (2022)

As a frequent visitor to the trough of the documentary format, I knew instinctively as the pandemic was ringing alarm bells early in 2020, that this would be the landscape of the genre for the next few years, maybe decades.  There is no end to the stream of documentaries dealing with this scourge but what […]

| March 29, 2022
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