Tag Archive: Documentary

Review: The Road to Fame (Wu, 2013) – CAAMFest 2014

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The third and final movie we saw at CAAMFest this year was The Road to Fame. The documentary showcases several students from China’s Central Academy of Drama, the most prestigious acting school in… Continue reading

Review: 20 Feet from Stardom (Neville, 2013)

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I don’t know how it came to be that I ended up on the other side of Sundance, the Academy, and 99% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s how the chips fell,… Continue reading

Review: Cutie and the Boxer (Heinzerling, 2013)

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I’m convinced that my favorite documentaries are the ones that place individuals (as opposed to events, movements, or issues) under a microscope. Cutie and the Boxer follows two elderly Japanese artists, Ushio and… Continue reading

Review: The Square (Noujaim, 2013)

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When I was young my dad used to ask me every so often what my favorite movie was. Invariably, I would name the movie we had mostly recently watched, which he seemed to… Continue reading

Review: The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, 2012)

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I put off writing this review for a few days because I didn’t know how to approach it. I still don’t. Even while I was watching the movie, I knew I would have… Continue reading

Reactions: 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards

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The Sundance Institute announced the award winners for its 2014 festival last night. The major ones (i.e. the ones that people pay attention to) were given out as follows: U. S. Grand Jury… Continue reading

Review: Private Violence (Hill, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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I tend to place documentaries into two categories: issue-focused and person-focused. If The Green Prince and The Overnighters were person-focused, then I would classify Marmato and Private Violence as issue-focused films (Web Junkie… Continue reading

Review: Marmato (Grieco, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Marmato covers the fate of a small Colombian mining town when foreign investment begins to flow in and international companies start to displace the local gold miners and their centuries old small-scale mining… Continue reading

Review: The Green Prince (Schirman, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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I watched The Green Prince on opening night. My opinion may be somewhat colored by the fact that it was the first movie I watched at Sundance this year, and I was pretty excited… Continue reading

Review: Web Junkie (Shlam and Medalia, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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Web Junkie is situated inside a rehabilitation center(/prison/boot camp) for Chinese teenagers addicted to online gaming. As the documentary reports, China is one of the first countries in the world to label overuse… Continue reading