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TV/Stream of the Week: TOWER – a most original and important retelling of a story that we thought we knew

This week, the PBS documentary series Independent Lens will feature Tower, a remarkably original retelling of the 1966 mass shooting at UT Austin. Tower is a tick-tock of the 96 minutes when 49 people were randomly chosen to be shot … Continue reading

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: searing thoughts in elegant words

The documentary I Am Not Your Negro centers on the American public intellectual James Baldwin.  It’s a searing examination of race in America through Baldwin’s eyes and through his elegant words. Those words are voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, and … Continue reading

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OJ: MADE IN AMERICA: finally, the sensational story stripped of the sideshow

OJ: Made in America has been showing up on lots of critic’s year-end lists.  I hadn’t thought of putting it on my Best Movies of 2016 because it’s an eight-hour ESPN documentary series, I hadn’t hadn’t thought of treating it … Continue reading

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MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI: an icon’s life and times

The documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai profiles the iconic Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune.  Mifune was director Akira Kurosawa’s essential collaborator and the star of the cinematic masterpieces Rashomon, Seven Samuari and Yojimbo.  In those films, along with  The Hidden Fortress, … Continue reading

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS: girl power in traditional Mongolia

The documentary The Eagle Huntress is a Feel Good movie for the whole family, blending the genres of girl power, sports competition and cultural tourism. A 13-year-old girl in traditional (read “sexist”) Mongolian culture embraces hunting with an eagle. (It’s … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT – a crazy dictator makes for a crazy story

The documentary The Lovers and the Despot tells one of those you-would-never-believe-it-if it-were-made-up stories.  The late North Korean nutcase Kim Jong-Il, dissatisfied with the cinematic element in his propaganda machine, sought an upgrade by KIDNAPPING a top South Korean director … Continue reading

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It’s Election Eve…

It’s the eve of the Presidential election, and we need to find some relief from the current soul-sucking campaign in historical or fictional politics.  So here are three great movies about political campaigns: The Candidate (1970):  Probably the best political … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: MEET THE PATELS – a documentary funnier than most comedies

Meet the Patels is both a documentary and a comedy – and ultimately, a satisfying crowd-pleaser. Over several years, filmmaker Geeta Patel filmed her own brother Ravi and their parents in their quest to find a wife for Ravi. Ravi … Continue reading

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TOWER: a most original and important retelling of a story that we thought we knew

  Tower is a remarkably original retelling of the 1966 mass shooting at UT Austin.  Tower is a tick-tock of the 96 minutes when 49 people were randomly chosen to be shot by a gunman in the landmark tower 240 … Continue reading

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Mill Valley Film Festival: the documentaries

Here are my top documentary picks at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival: Tower is a remarkably original retelling of the 1966 mass shooting at UT Austin.  Tower is a tick-tock of the 96 minutes when 49 people were randomly … Continue reading

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