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DVD/Stream of the Week: MEET THE HITLERS

Because Cinequest is underway, my video pick is from the 2015 festival: in the documentary Meet the Hitlers, we are introduced to those few people who choose NOT to change their birth name of “Hitler”. And it’s a varied bunch. … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE TWINNING REACTION

The startling and moving documentary The Twinning Reaction tells the story of a Mad Men-era research project and its profound human impact. To perform a longitudinal study of nurture vs. nature, researchers INTENTIONALLY separated identical twins and placed them with … Continue reading

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Cinequest: NEW CHEFS ON THE BLOCK

In the pleasantly addictive documentary New Chefs on the Block, we follow the course of two restaurant start-ups from financing and the initial lease, through remodeling and set-up, hiring staff and opening for the public and for professional food critics. … Continue reading

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Cinequest: MEMENTO MORI

Memento Mori can be translates as “remember that you die”. This documentary about organ donation must be the most emotionally shattering film at Cinequest. In Memento Mori, the stories of the donor families are woven into those of the recipient … Continue reading

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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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