Tag Archives: Ken Burns

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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REVIEW: West of Memphis

Amy Berg’s West of Memphis sets out to be the definitive account of a case that has lingered in the public psyche for close to a quarter of a century. An introduction by Peter Jackson (the film’s producer and major … Continue reading

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Villains the Front-Page Created: The Central Park Five

“Let the animals get themselves.” It isn’t pretty and it isn’t right, but it’s an adage that has been widely adopted by virtually all anomie-laden societies in Western culture. As a result, major cities are susceptible to bigoted battles of … Continue reading

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Cinema Eye Honors

There’s little parity between this year’s Cinema Eye nominations and the recently announced IDA noms. This kind of discrepancy is typical in the documentary world for many reasons, mostly diversity of opinions amongst groups, but also eligibility requirements and release … Continue reading

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Politics, Social Critics, Women Behind the Lens

Having just seen back-to-back screenings of The Central Park Five and West of Memphis, only a week after seeing Middle of Nowhere, it struck me how loudly each film howls about the world we live in now. Besides certain contextual … Continue reading

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Burns’ Central Park Five Defines New New York

Let me preface by saying that I haven’t seen Central Park Five yet, so I have no clue whether it actually “defines” one of the major cities on the planet. It’s quite possible this film, like many great documentaries, sets … Continue reading

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