The Red Chapel

MUBI REVIEW: ‘The Red Chapel’ (2009)

I’m a big North Korea fan.  Oh, wait—that sounds very bad!  I’m obviously not a *fan* of a repressive and dictatorial country, but I do find the fact that a Stalinist country survives in this…

Can We Take a Joke

REVIEW: ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ (2016)

Review Can We Take a Joke is the type of film where the actual filmmaking is beside the point.  Do you think that special little snowflake millennials need to toughen up and maybe consider some…

Weiner

REVIEW: ‘Weiner’ (2016)

Weiner is a political documentary that can bring families together, build a bridge in the seemingly ever-widening partisan gulf.  Do you have a gun-toting, Confederate flag-waving uncle, angry that Obama never celebrates his white heritage? …

REVIEW: ‘National Gallery’ (2014)

Grade: B+ Frederick Wiseman's films are art installations, meant to be viewed, absorbed and contemplated on for hours on end, a necessity he makes inescapable for his audiences by having them often run for hours…

FMP Ep. 069 – How We Talk About…

In the podcast this week, 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…

‘The Act of Killing,’ ‘Cutie and the Boxer’…

[caption id="attachment_22162" align="aligncenter" width="623"] Zachary Heinzerling's Cutie and the Boxer[/caption] The Cinema Eye Honors, one of the most well-known celebrations of non-fiction filmmaking, have announced their 7th Annual Honor Nominations this week. Leading the list…

REVIEW: ‘Head Games’ (2012)

Grade: B The odds are stacked against us, but we fight on in spite of them. What makes the sub-genre of sports films often so compelling is the recurring trope of "the underdog", so often…

Ross McElwee

REVIEW: ‘Photographic Memory’ (2012)

Grade: B- "Everyone knows Michael Moore. Nobody knows me." Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee is correct to acknowledge that he is far from a household name, but devotees of his work could very well argue that…

The Iran Job Review (2012) Kevin Sheppard

TCFF REVIEW: ‘The Iran Job’ (2012)

Grade: A- One of the most important points a person can reach in their life is the realization that there is a world of importance outside of one’s own sphere of experience. Kevin Sheppard’s world…

REVIEW: ‘How to Survive a Plague’ (2012)

Grade: A To inspire even the most disillusioned among us. To show us our history. To startle us with remembering, or with seeing for the first time, the way things were less than thirty years…