Waste Land (2010) – Documentary Review

Waste Land (2010) – Documentary Review

Acclaimed Brooklyn, NY-based artist Vik Muniz returns to his native country of Brazil, where he embarks upon a remarkable creative journey with a group of men and women who toil as catadores (garbage pickers) at Jardim Gramacho, a Rio de Janiero landfill.

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MARWENCOL – Movie Review – 2010

MARWENCOL – Movie Review – 2010

In April 2000, Mark Hogancamp lost his life, and got it back. He was literally beaten to death in a drunken brawl in a Kingston, NY bar. When paramedics resuscitated him, he had no recollection of anything about his identity or personal past.

Gradually, as a form of therapy, he began to construct a model town in his back yard. It was called Marwencol, and it was the replica of an imaginary French community during World War II.

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Desert of Forbidden Art (2011) – Documentary Review

Desert of Forbidden Art (2011) – Documentary Review

In remote Uzbekistan, documentary filmmakers Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev find an unknown museum in which a single collector, Igor Savitsky, managed to save 44,000 world class art works from sure destruction by the repressive Soviet regime that deemed them anti-Soviet and had banned them.

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ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL (2009) – Documentary Retroview

ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL (2009) – Documentary Retroview

Anvil Still Rocks! UTOPIA is releasing a newly restored version of Anvil! The Story of Anvil, filmmaker Sacha Gervasi’s 2009 documentary. The film is a real heavy metal rush!

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ALI & AVA – Movie Review

ALI & AVA – Movie Review

While focusing on the very relatable human needs of Ali and Ava, the ever-masterful Barnard expresses and explores gripping socially relevant issues revolving around loneliness and grief, aging and personal transformation, ethnic prejudices, fidelity and the unfulfilled needs of the working class. It all adds up to a thoroughly engaging and rewarding watch.

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Movie Review: SKIES OF LEBANON

Movie Review: SKIES OF LEBANON

Skies of Lebanon opens the mind to deep consideration of the invasive impact that war and social strife have on families who work hard to contribute to society and, in return, just want to live in peace. Thanks to its genre-defying style, it is a lot of fun while it’s being quite serious in touching on themes that are currently relevant around the world, as well as right here, at home. The film is a must see.

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Movie Reviews: THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT and GASLIT

Movie Reviews: THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT and GASLIT

Gaslit and The Martha Mitchell Effect are bound to rekindle the Martha Mitchell controversy, the whistleblower wife of former US Attorney General John Mitchell who was jailed for his role in the Watergate case. Was Martha righteous and genuinely concerned for the wellbeing of nation or did she loudly and disruptively stir things up because she craved public attention?

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For Memorial Day: War is not the Answer

For Memorial Day: War is not the Answer

On Memorial Day, as a way of honoring fallen heros and those who’ve returned hone from war, take time to watch these emotion-filled documentaries — most of them telling the true stories of combat veterans — that remind us that conflict resolution through peaceful negotiation is the better choice.

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L’Amour Fou (2011) – Documentary Retroview

L’Amour Fou (2011) – Documentary Retroview

Yves Saint-Laurent was a talented and troubled man, and nobody knew him better than his longtime business partner and lover, Pierre Berge. Interviewed after Saint-Laurent’s death for L’Amour Fou, Berge tells all — about the brilliant and beloved designer’s reaction to fame and to failure, about his shyness and deep depressions, about his psychotic episodes and seeking seclusion

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FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK – Documentary Review

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK – Documentary Review

Fanny: The Right to Rock is filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart’s completely captivating documentary about the first all-girl hard rock band, Fanny, and how this sisterhood of talented and tenacious Filipina women musicians almost became the female equivalent of The Beatles.

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