Documentary

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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The Hunting Ground (2015)

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The Hunting Ground (2015)

It is clear that filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering want to make you made, get you riled up,  and call you to action. They seem to know and understand the importance of Howard Beale’s famous proclamation in the movie Network that “First, you’ve got to get mad!” That was the tone of their 2013 […]

| February 8, 2016
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Amy (2015)

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Amy (2015)

I have, for a long while, been critical of modern music which to these 40+ ears often sounds like the same song with the same message sung to a different tune. The subject matter treads the safe waters of romantic proclamations and freak-o mating habits with barely a hint of the person behind the lyrics. […]

| January 28, 2016
To be Takei (2014)

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To be Takei (2014)

George Takei probably has more of a presence social media than anyone else his age. At 77, he has become a ubiquitous fixture of both Facebook and Twitter so much so that he is probably more prolific and well-known now than he was in the 40 years that he spent being billed fifth in his […]

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)

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America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)

Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary America: Imagine the World Without Her asks an extraordinary question: What would the world be like if America never existed? The opening scenes of the movie feature an alternate history scenario with George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine being shot off the back of his horse by a sniper. The […]

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Life Itself (2014)

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Life Itself (2014)

For those of us who write about film – spurred for this critic by a passion for the medium that oozes from my very pores – Roger Ebert was our great mentor, a poetic grandfatherly figure who seemed to simplify the art of simply being honest. For 46 years, Ebert wrote about movies in a […]

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Losing LeBron (2013)

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Losing LeBron (2013)

The most quietly telling image in the documentary “Losing LeBron” is a Nike ad featuring LeBron James with his arms outstretched and his eyes cast upwards to Heaven.  Over his head is written the slogan “We Are All Witnesses.”  It is a Christ-like pose that speaks volumes to his importance to the town Cleveland, Ohio […]

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Too Sane for This World (2014)

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Too Sane for This World (2014)

I am sort of ashamed to admit that my mental image of autism runs immediately to Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.  I have, for many years, assumed that most or all autistic people talk and act like Raymond Babbit.  I have a feeling, I’m not alone.  What I’ve been able to learn in the 25 […]

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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