Documentary

The Automat (2022)

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The Automat (2022)

A smart documentarian could do themselves no better favor then to gateway their work with an interview with Mel Brooks, and indeed The Automat opens with a narration by the comedy legend that sets off a subject that he knows all too well.  In fact, he not only gives his thoughts and ruminations, but Brooks […]

| March 26, 2022
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Lucy and Desi (2022)

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Lucy and Desi (2022)

Early in the Amazon Prime documentary Lucy and Desi, there is a photograph of the famous couple in a dress rehearsal for “I Love Lucy.”  It is a black and white photo of Lucy looking guilty and Desi looking suspicious.  As I looked at this photo, I realized that these two people have always felt […]

| March 4, 2022
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What Happened, Brittany Murphy?

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What Happened, Brittany Murphy?

I’ll admit it, I’m a little late to the door with this one.  What Happened, Brittany Murphy? came out in mid-October and I’m just now getting around to it, and that’s for good reason.  The outward reason being that when I saw the ads for this, I kind of already knew what I was in […]

| December 2, 2021
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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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