Category Archives: Documentary

Reviews of current documentaries, domestic and foreign.

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

When the heir of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated on June 28, 1914, the movies had just learned to walk. D.W. Griffith’s masterpieces — racists and otherwise — were still a year or two off, a mere … Continue reading

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OF FATHERS AND SONS

Syrian documentarian Talal Derki has gained the trust of one Jihadist family and is allowed to document their life for two years. In those two years, Osama (13) and Ayman (12) will go from everyday children playing games of soccer … Continue reading

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CHEF FLYNN

By the time Flynn McGarry was ten, he knew he wanted to be a chef. By twelve he was hosting a French Laundry-inspired supper club in his Studio City, California home. When he was fifteen, he made the cover of … Continue reading

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INFINITE FOOTBALL (Fotbal Infinit)

  Laurențiu Ginghină wants to change how the game of soccer is played. Why? In 1987, Ginghină fractured his fibula during a match and could no longer play. A year later, the mis-healed fibula placed undue strain on his tibia, … Continue reading

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WHOSE STREETS?

A riot is the language of the unheard. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On August 9, 2014, at approximately 12:03 p.m. Central Daylight Time, 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man, was shot and killed by 28-year-old police officer Darren … Continue reading

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ESCAPES

duŸenŸde \dü-en-(,)dā\ noun: the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm To make it in Hollywood you got to have duende and Hampton Fancher has duende in spades. Born July 13, 1938, in East Los Angeles, California, to a … Continue reading

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CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY

Chasing Trane, the new documentary about saxophonist John Coltrane, opens with a digital trip through the cosmos. Coltrane’s music arranges the galaxies and a constellation forms to assemble his image while disembodied voices rhapsodies about the great jazz musician. Time … Continue reading

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LA 92

The horror is so bad you wish you were watching something scripted, something directed. But you’re not; you’re watching reality play out in gory detail. A man is dragged from his truck and beaten within an inch of his life. … Continue reading

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DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE

Mentor, painter, and sailor, Bushnell Keeler, originated the idea but when David Lynch got ahold of it, the art life went from aspiration to execution: “You drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, you paint, and that is it. Maybe girls come … Continue reading

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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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