Tag: documentary

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 […]

The Loving Story

The Loving Story

| June 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Richard and Mildred Loving were a mixed race couple who got married in a time and place when marriage between the races was illegal.  They hid their marriage and traveled separately to avoid being arrested and imprisoned on a regular basis.  Finally having enough, they decided to hire a lawyer (Bernard S. Cohen) to fight […]

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Behind The Orange Curtain

Behind The Orange Curtain

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Prescription drug dependency is an epidemic that is taking over the United States. The abuse of prescription medications has already claimed more lives than car accidents in America annually. 40 years ago, prescription drugs were not nearly as common as they are now, and dependency on them was something millions thought impossible. But a new […]

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Room 237

Room 237

| April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Few films have provoked audiences to a degree of obsessive debate as much as Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining, and in the new documentary Room 237, director Rodney Ascher examines the iconic film and the seemingly infinite possibilities as to its true meaning. With the participation of 5 interviewees including a veteran ABC […]

N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo

N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I volunteered to review this documentary, I assumed based on the title that it was about the origins of the NASA Space Program, which I thought would be interesting, although probably fairly standard.  Turns out this documentary is actually about a pair of musicians who call themselves N.A.S.A., which stands for “North America South […]

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Nanook of the North/The Wedding of Palo (and Other Films of Arctic Life)

Nanook of the North/The Wedding of Palo (and Other Films of Arctic Life)

| March 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Robert J. Flaherty made Nanook of the North, there was no such thing as the documentary. Released in 1922, the film presents elements of the Inuit culture prior to the white man’s intervention. Of course, that intervention had already taken place when Flaherty made the film. What strikes some viewers of Nanook as odd […]

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