Tag: documentary

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is not uncommon to read a review where the author declares whatever film they’re reviewing to be a bona fide masterpiece. But it should be uncommon. The problem is, it’s a designation all-too-often given to things that people simply like. Let us not confuse the things we enjoy with those things that actually advance […]

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Street Journeys

Street Journeys

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Street Journeys details the work of Anne Wanjugu in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Shangilia Orphanage where she guides many children throughout their early lives, while using theater, music and dance as the glue that holds it all together. In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim […]

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The Vivian Maier Mystery

The Vivian Maier Mystery

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Vivian Maier Mystery is a fascinating documentary that uncovers the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind thousands of photographs and an incredible body of work that now […]

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

This new documentary shows a 24 hour period in what’s implied to be a typical hospital emergency room.  We see many patients come and go, seeking care for themselves, or friends, family, or spouses. They struggle and are frustrated, and most of them have no idea how they’re going to pay for the care they […]

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Room 237

Room 237

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is an interesting journey into different interpretations of analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining. At 102 minutes, the film takes five, distinct interpretations and runs back and forth from them, while only showing clips from Kubrick’s filmography, found footage and several reenactments that serve the various narratives that […]

Men at Lunch

Men at Lunch

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eighty one years ago, the famous photo of “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” was taken.  Today, September 20, 2013, you can see the documentary Men At Lunch (2012) at the Quad Cinema in New York and gain a deeper understanding of that famous photo. In Men At Lunch, the filmmaker, Seán Ó Cualáin, brings the audience to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Iron […]

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

At first I wasn’t too excited about reviewing the new documentary out in theaters July 19—Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp. But when I realized that rock musician, author, actor, public speaker and director Ice-T was one of the executive producers, I decided to give it a shot. And the documentary, presented in a mixed […]

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The House I Live In

The House I Live In

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

In 2008, the night Barack Obama was elected President, Eugene Jarecki was watching the election coverage with his childhood maid, an African American woman who had lost her son to drug abuse.  The conversation Jarecki had that night inspired him to start making this documentary about the war on drugs and how shockingly little the […]

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Hey Bartender

Hey Bartender

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Just last week for the 4th of July celebration, it was my duty to pick up some beer for a friends barbecue party. I went to a local Binny’s here in Chicago and I walked a little bit past the beer section and stumbled upon the cocktail section. The massive amount of bitters, glasses and […]

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100 Yen

100 Yen

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The arcade gaming experience of the 80′s and 90′s is something that has somewhat declined here in the U.S. What was once a thriving scene, has now been diminished to people playing in their homes, playing online and presenting a much different experience than placing quarters into arcade cabinets. In Japan though, the scene is […]