Tag Archives: documentary

Room 237

There’s a haunting simplicity to The Shining. Those words, combined with the director’s mysterious approach to discussing his films, makes this a work ripe for obsessives. The next gateway to obsession comes by way of accessibility. The Shining, dressed as … Continue reading

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The Gatekeepers

Sometimes watching a film on the big screen can make all the difference. I had seen Dror Moreh’s The Gatekeepers in tiny form some time ago and while I didn’t question the film’s emotional capacity, I identified it unfairly as a typical … Continue reading

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Will’s Favorite Films of 2012

I saw many solid films released in 2012. Of those, a few stand out a little bit more than the rest. Admittedly every film on my list is flawed in some way, yet there was at least one thing that … Continue reading

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David O. Russell Praises Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Say what you will about David O. Russell, but his passion for filmmaking is virtually unparalleled. And, unlike filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, little of his enthusiasm seems to come from pretensions or put-ons. He just wants to make solid cinema … Continue reading

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REVIEW: How to Survive a Plague

Haunting and uncomfortably real, How to Survive a Plague uses the passion for its subject and the aggressive passion of it subjects to tell a powerful story of hope. With candid footage that shows people suffering from AIDS on the … Continue reading

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Best Feature Documentary Oscar Shortlist

This would have been an excellent list of nonfiction selections had The Central Park Five not been inexplicably left out. I guess it wouldn’t be the Documentary Oscar category without a few egregious snubs (see: Steve James). I need to … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Imposter

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS It’s nothing new for a documentary or another form of nonfiction to play on an observer’s perception of truth as way to increase the engagement of a complex story. In some ways, every piece of supposed … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

In recent years, namely in Pina and Exit Through the Gift Shop, artists have proven compelling subjects for documentary filmmakers to explore. In many ways, the very nature of the nonfiction form mirrors the elusive quality of investigative or interactive … Continue reading

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The Invisible War Filmmakers Reach Out

The creators of the highly acclaimed documentary, The Invisible War, an early favorite for the Oscar, have announced that they’ve raised over $500k to fund a pilot program to treat military sexual trauma. A stunning film, The Invisible War chronicles the … Continue reading

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Criterion Announces Chronicle of a Summer

“Chronicling” far more than only a summer, Jean Rouch’s 1960 documentary remains the definitive nonfiction project to probe the nature of moviemaking, acting, performance, and perspective. What a novel idea to film a group of random subjects, screen their footage … Continue reading

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