Tag: documentary

Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a documentary where British musician Robert Plant pays homage to the influence of Memphis Blues on the British playlist, unlikely folks are paired together to highlight the city’s great contribution to the musical lexicon, not only of the United States but the world over. Take Me to the River won an audience award at […]

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Dream Deceivers

Dream Deceivers

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The raving and remonstrating over subliminal messages in popular music is over. Sure, zealous listeners claim to hear voices of the Illuminati in contemporary hip-hop, but the hoopla is mostly a thing of yesteryear. In David Van Taylor’s 1991 documentary Dream Deceivers, the story of two teenagers who attempted suicide due to the urging of […]

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Boredom

Boredom

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m sure we all have words in our vocabulary that we have no problem using correctly in everyday conversation, but when asked to define we struggle conveying the word’s meaning to someone else.  This is largely how I felt watching Boredom, a new documentary about what it means to be bored.  As filmmaker Albert Nerenberg […]

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a documentary that captures the famous Senate hearings around the sexual harassment claims that attorney Anita Hill made against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in the early 1990’s. The documentary out now on DVD begins with a phone call that was placed by Thomas’ wife years later, asking […]

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We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s latest Blu-ray release is one of their most fascinating yet, as it offers viewers a sort of film history potpourri, a grab bag of silent film ephemera centered on the lives of average Americans and their roles in the production and exhibition of silent films. A pair of documentaries lie at the core […]

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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff opens on June 25 at the IFC Center in New York City. And Hentoff, age 89, who was born in Boston and educated at Northeastern University, should be so proud to have this documentary available for all to see. Directed by […]

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Adjust Your Tracking

Adjust Your Tracking

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spoiler: VHS died. Once upon a time, entire rental houses and large sections of stores like Best Buy were overflowing with films in the VHS format. And then DVD came along, and one-by-one the shelves of Best Buy transitioned away from VHS until one day there was but a single rack devoted to the format, […]

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

It would appear that since World War II, the rise of production and consumerism in America created a supply and demand paradigm which gave way to degenerative capitalistic tendencies.  In short: capitalism gone awry.  The need to make a quick buck cultivated a shortsightedness of catastrophic proportions.  In fact, the catastrophe has manifested itself in […]

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Korengal

Korengal

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 1879, with War and Peace and Anna Karenina behind him, author Leo Tolstoy began suffering a spiritual and existential crisis. Like so many before and after him, he began questioning the meaning of his life and the seemingly contradictory components of existence in general. Chronicling this struggle in his book A Confession, Tolstoy wrote, […]

Interview with ‘Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia’ director Nicholas Wrathall

Interview with ‘Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia’ director Nicholas Wrathall

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with director Nicholas Wrathall to discuss his new documentary on Gore Vidal, The United States of Amensia. Our conversation covers many of the subjects mentioned in my review of the film – including the personality and politics of Gore Vidal, along with the director’s impetus behind the creation […]

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