MUBI reveals three documentaries about that most mysterious of extant countries: North Korea. G Clark examines each one in this mini movie marathon.
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‘Crossing the Line’ examines the phenomenon of people defecting *to* North Korea, via the fascinating character of ex-US Army colonel James Dresnok.
Daniel Gordon’s ‘A State of Mind’ follows two girls as they prepare for the North Korean Mass Games—and delves deeply into the North Korean psyche.
‘The Red Chapel’ follows three Danish comedians as they attempt to subvert North Korea’s unstoppable propaganda machine. It does not go as they expect…
‘Can We Take a Joke’ answers its own question with an implied ‘No.’ It is unlikely to sway anyone’s opinion, yet raises interesting points.
Though it won’t change anyone’s mind about the man , ‘Weiner’ provides a spellbinding insight into how a politician can be his own sad, ceaseless albatross.
Toeing the line between presentation and performance, Frederick Wiseman’s ‘National Gallery’ melds historic and modern art to vivid effect.
Justin and Hilary talk about how we talk about documentaries, what we expect from them, and the successes and failures of the genre. Films gracing the conversation include Nanook of the North, Leviathan, Grizzly Man, Samsara, this year’s documentary winners, and two recommendations for listeners, topped off with a particularly delicious Teach Me Something.
Hilary gravitates toward documentaries, formal and conceptual innovation, blending of the real and surreal, and direct, immersive stories in her Top Ten Films of 2013.
Forty feature length documentaries are nominated along with six shorts.
Hilary dishes on last year’s oscar-winning documentary, this summer’s popcorn blockbuster, and the newest series from Netflix.
We assess and review the cinematic power of such documentaries as ’20 Feet From Stardom’, ‘Call Me Kuchu’, ‘We Steal Secrets’ & ‘Leviathan’.
Also included are reviews of 2012 documentaries ‘Chasing Ice,’ ‘The Queen of Versailles,’ and ‘The Invisible War.’
Though not breaking the threshold of greatness, ‘Head Games’ provides a fearful and serious context to the popular world of sports.
The newest effort by documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee is not as intimate and surprising as his earlier films, but still delights in its reflections on age, memory, and fatherhood.
‘The Iran Job’ brilliantly uses basketball as a framing device to put a human perspective on the revolution in Iran.
‘Roger & Me’ is a persuasive argument, not objective journalism, and Moore succeeds in making his case.
Brief reviews of three very different movies.
Act up. Fight back. Fight AIDS. This film about making change will surely change you.
‘Wild Horse, Wild Ride’ is a traditionally structured competition documentary with loveable characters and a few missing pieces.