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MOVIE LISTS: The Greatest Concert Films Of All-Time

Want to make a concert film?  Film a concert, and you’re done!  At least, that seems to be the philosophy of most concert documentarians, especially in today’s era of quick MTV specials and smartphone-captured performances…

REVIEW: ‘Samsara’ (2012)

Grade: B Ron Fricke’s epic documentary Samsara is sure to delight those who felt the “creation of the universe” sequences in The Tree of Life failed to live up to their potential for lyrical inscrutability. It’s…

The Imposter Movie Podcast (2012)

FMP Ep. 052 – ‘The Imposter’ / ‘A…

Alex and Phil experience one of their first firm disagreements in a long time over the documentary The Imposter. They discuss where to place emphasis during subject interviews and other aspects of documentary filmmaking. They…

REVIEW: ‘First Position’ (2012)

Grade: B+ Bess Kargman’s First Position serves as an affirming and heart-warming counter-argument to movies like The Red Shoes and Black Swan, declaring that the ambition of a young ballet prodigy need not always be…

REVIEW: ‘Bully’ (2012)

This review is a reprint from our coverage of the Twin Cities Film Festival in the Fall of 2011. Grade: B When introducing his film Bully as the opening night selection at the Twin Cities…

REVIEW: ‘We Were Here’ (2011)

Grade: B+ The modern trend with documentaries seems to be that more is better. Films by Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, and even Errol Morris are packed, sometimes cluttered, with stock footage, animations, re-enactments, comic stunts,…

REVIEW: Life in a Day (2011)

GRADE: B Life in a Day is an experimental documentary that uses the power of YouTube and digital media to create a portrait of a single day here on Earth, as captured by thousands of…

Quick Takes – 11.13.11

As Tears Go By (1988) Grade: B- | 1st Viewing Justin did a better job of reviewing this movie last week, but since it was one of only two non-theatrical movies I saw this week,…

REVIEW: ‘Into the Abyss’ (2011)

Grade: B+ It’s admittedly a rather vapid reason to look forward to a director’s films based solely on the very sound of his voice, but heaven help me if being able to listen to Werner…

Quick Takes – 10.23.11

American Movie (1999) Grade: B | 1st Viewing I’m sure I’m not the only one who was very skeptical about the reality of this documentary during a first viewing. After some research, I will now…

TCFF REVIEW: ‘The Bully Project’ (2012)

The Bully Project is playing as part of the Twin Cities Film Festival, which runs from September 20-25, 2011. Grade: B When introducing his film The Bully Project as the opening night selection at the…

Quick Takes – 09.11.11

United 93 (2006) Grade: A | 3rd Viewing Many have said that there is not yet a definitive movie about September 11th, but I would argue that Paul Greengrass’ gripping drama is it. The film…