Category Archives: Documentary

Reviews of current documentaries, domestic and foreign.

HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST

You may not know who Harry Benson is, but you certainly know his photos. How about the one where Muhammad Ali is stunt punching all four Beatles? Or the locker room shot of O.J. Simpson? How about the time Nixon … Continue reading

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PETER AND THE FARM

There is always a moment in every food documentary where the documentarian visit an organic farm, gathers shots of free-range chickens, roaming pigs and happy bovine, and talks to the farmer. The farmer is almost always bearded, wearing old clothes … Continue reading

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THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS

There is a story I heard — possibly apocryphal, but too good to dismiss — that when The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, something happened that never happened before or since in the history of … Continue reading

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ZERO DAYS

“I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth — rocks!” —Albert Einstein When Einstein provided that quote in 1949 — to Alfred Werner for … Continue reading

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TICKLED

David Farrier is an entertainment TV journalist for 3 News and Nightline in New Zealand, the sort of work that attracts oddball activities and exotic people. Not exactly hard-hitting journalism, but Farrier is hard-working, and like a dog with a … Continue reading

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TRAPPED

In 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled that is was unconstitutional for individual states to outlaw, or restrict, a woman’s right to an abortion within their first trimester. The decision, Roe v. Wade, was a landmark one, a triumph … Continue reading

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THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY

Few arguments are rehashed ad nauseam quite like the debate over what is art and what is not art. In the right corner, wearing the red trunks, the Fine Arts: ars gratia artis. In the left corner, wearing the blue … Continue reading

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