Documentaries: Articles


'It's So Easy and Other Lies': Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Roller Coaster Fall and Rise

It's So Easy and Other Lies movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, diving into the pits of drug addiction and back. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan biographical documentary fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll […]


Clint Eastwood + Harry Potter = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? Packard Series Connection

'Play Misty for Me': Rabid fan Jessica Walter makes life terribly difficult for disc jockey Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood + 'Harry Potter' = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? The Packard Campus connection Besides Harry Potter (more on the bespectacled wizard further below), movies set in the world of music and/or […]


Sight and Sound: 'L'Inhumaine' Mixes Sci-Fi & Sex + Fernand Léger Sets

Sight and Sound: Directed by Marcel L'Herbier, L'Inhumaine features Jaque Catelain and Georgette Leblanc in a great-looking (Fernand Léger sets) mix of science-fiction and sex melodrama. Marcel L'Herbier silent 'L'Inhumaine': Sight and sound integration For me, the real jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's “A Day of Silents,” […]


War on Christmas: Movies to Remember & Fighting 'Haters and Atheists'

Donald Trump vs. Starbucks' War on Christmas: Movies to remember range from 'Rosemary's Baby' to Kirk Cameron documentary. The War on Christmas: Movies that come to mind & fighting 'haters and atheists' We're still in November, but the War on Christmas – according to online buzz, a second cousin once […]


'Lord Montagu' Documentary: Anti-Gay Persecution Victim Became Successful Entrepreneur

Lord Montagu documentary. 'Lord Montagu' documentary: Anti-gay witch hunt victim became successful entrepreneur and National Motor Museum founder On first blush, the life of a Lord of the Realm, a Peer to the English monarchy, a child born with an actual silver spoon in his mouth and an ancient estate […]


Amy Winehouse Movie: 'Amy' Is 'Heartbreaking' & 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse movie: Asif Kapadia's documentary is both 'impressive' & 'heartbreaking' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out […]


Oscar: 134 Documentary Features Submitted

One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the […]


Best Documentary Short Oscar Contenders: Death and Illness Are Key Themes

Best Documentary Short Film Oscar contender 'White Earth.' Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects Eight films – most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus – remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion […]


'Stories We Tell' & 'Blackfish' 'Snubbed': Academy Documentary Branch Anti-Female?

Sarah Polley [with camera] directing 'Stories We Tell' 'Stories We Tell,' 'Blackfish' out of the Oscar 2014 race: Academy's Documentary Branch 'anti-female'? Besides Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, among the other glaring Oscar 2014 absentees were Robert Redford and Golden Globe-winning composer Alex Ebert for All Is Lost; Joel and […]


Justin Bieber 'Believe' Bombs + David O. Russell Movies: All-Star Crime Flick Biggest Box Office Hit?

Justin Bieber in Justin Bieber's Believe. A sort of sequel to Paramount's 3D box office hit Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Justin M. Chu's concert documentary Believe follows Canadian singer and teen/pre-teen sensation Justin Bieber as he embarks on the multi-continent, 33-city Believe Tour promoting his 2012 album of the […]


Buck Angel Documentary: Transgender Porn Star 'Inspirational Story'

Buck Angel documentary Mr. Angel. Buck Angel documentary 'Mr. Angel' DVD: Life of the transgender adult star In the United States, it's Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 28. It's an inspirational time of the year for millions, so what's more appropriate than the December 3 release of QC Cinema's DVD Mr. […]


Dutch Colonialism and Its Consequences: 'Empire' Screening & Presentation

Dutch Colonialism and its long-lasting consequences are the topics of the documentary 'Empire' at the REDCAT (image: 'Empire: The Unintended Consequences of Dutch Colonialism') Mixing personal narratives, investigative journalism, video art, and split/multiple screens, Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill's transmedia documentary Empire: The Unintended Consequences of Dutch Colonialism – the […]