Category Archives: Documentary

Reviews of current documentaries, domestic and foreign.

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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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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