Tag: documentary

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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THE FIX

THE FIX

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new documentary having its world premiere at the SOHO International Film Festival on May 19 and May 21 at the Village East Cinema in New York City is called THE FIX, which follows Junior, a young father trying to turn his life around after years of heroin addiction, as he joins forces with a […]

Next Year Jerusalem

Next Year Jerusalem

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s see, there is 91-year-old Helen who has never been out of the United States and is excited to see the Dead Sea. She is committed to journaling the trip so she won’t forget things. She has cast to the side the reality that she is due to undergo heart surgery. Her world for now […]

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is the “last word and testimony” of one of the last stalwart liberal writers of the 20th century. After the passing of Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut in 2007, last stood Gore Vidal. For those familiar with the writer, the lengthy title is not only a favorite quotation, but […]

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The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Unknown Known is a ‘Rumsfeld Rule’, meaning “there are things we think we know, but turns out we do not.” The flip side of the  phrase reads “the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.” That was the maxim used to indicate “overwhelming evidence” of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. […]

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