Tag Archive | documentary

Jim: The James Foley Story

Nominated for Best Original Song (“The Empty Chair”) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards This is a very tricky area for a film critic. What to say about a man, who performs so heroically in a variety of ways, and ultimately dies a horrific death at the hands of ISIS terrorists? In no way would […]

13TH

It’s astonishing in its effectiveness. Is “13TH” the best documentary of the year? Maybe. One thing is for certain–filmmaker Ava DuVernay has fulfilled the promise that she made with “Selma” a couple of years back. I wanted to LOVE “Selma”. Honestly. But I couldn’t. It had its moments, but it simply came off as another […]

Listen to Me Marlon

You would think, that the man who is quite possibly the greatest film actor of the 20th century, would get a documentary that would live up to his legendary reputation. Well, we got that. And it’s in Marlon Brando’s own words. His voice, his recordings, his descriptions. Filmmaker Stevan Riley has painstakingly constructed a riveting […]

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Is it okay, if I’m not completely crazy about the Glen Campbell documentary? It’s not my practice to ask permission usually, but the buzz amongst people who’ve actually experienced it, seems to be that you are heartless, if you don’t love the film. Well, I can assure you that I’m not heartless, and that I […]

Casting By

It’s an unabashed documentary love letter to the art of film casting, so there are some pitfalls regarding that. For instance, poor Taylor Hackford (director of films like 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman” and 2004’s “Ray”) is set up as the “bad guy” by being a vociferous naysayer in regards to casting professionals being […]

The 50 Year Argument on HBO

You know, I really admire the celebration of intellectualism in “The 50 Year Argument”, HBO’s documentary about the creation and sustainment of the New York Review of Books, from co-directors Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi. So, I regret to quibble a bit when reporting that, although it’s consistently engaging and compelling, it never quite rises […]

Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way on SHO

This documentary needed to be done, I just wish someone else had done it. Shouldn’t we have an examination on film of the first woman ever to share a spot on the presidential ticket? It’s a historic event and a time capsule must. The most memorable line in it says something about “in a hundred […]