Category Archives: Documentaries

Films During Lockdown – Highlights of What I’ve Seen, Part 1

Part 1 — April 4 to April 30 We used to say that we “see” movies in a theater, but “watch” them on TV. The semantics of that difference are interesting to me. Though as more and more films have … Continue reading

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TV, Cable & Streaming – Best of 2019 & 2020 (so far) – Part 2

              _______________________________________________ Marc Maron: End Times Fun – (Netflix)  This was obviously recorded well before the coronavirus outbreak, but it feels like it was done five minutes ago. Resonates sharply with our current times. … Continue reading

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TV, Cable & Streaming – Best of 2019 & 2020 (so far) – Part 1

It’s a good thing there’s an abundance of good and even great stuff to watch on TV, computers, and (shudder) mobile phones, considering that movie theaters are closed and we don’t really have anywhere to go except grocery stores, drug … Continue reading

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Seeing Movies in These Crazy Times

Well, there’s nothing quite like a pandemic to put things in perspective, is there? I don’t see how the country — and the world — will be able to recover from the financial loss the coronavirus is causing, not to … Continue reading

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Best Documentaries 2019 – Supplemental

My blog post from last August, Recent Documentaries: Supplemental, contains materials on the following films on my 2019 list. (Click on the link to access.) Echo in the Canyon, David Crosby: Remember My Name, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year: Best Documentaries 2019

___________________________________________________ I wrote on seven of these titles last August (“Random Notes on Recent Films: Documentaries!“). You can read about them there. The films are indicated by a double- asterisk ** in the list below. ____________________________________________________ American Factory (Steven Bognar … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2020- Part 2

Here’s some stuff I didn’t have when I put yesterday’s post together. I could save it until next New Year’s, but if the presidential election goes sideways, I might be in the hills with the Resistance. But more likely I’d … Continue reading

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“Shooting the Mafia” – Supplemental

KIM LONGINOTTO – Director (From press notes provided by Cohen Media Group, the film’s distributor) Kim Longinotto is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker, well known for making films about female outsiders and rebels. Among her 20 films, she has followed a … Continue reading

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“Shooting the Mafia” – An Archive of Blood

“I was saved by photography. I was a young, intelligent, desperate woman. My encounter with photography allowed me to express my thoughts, my rebellion, my social and political commitment.” — Letizia Battaglia This astonishing documentary, directed by Kim Longinotto, is … Continue reading

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The Family Frankenstein – Etc.

Here are a few more Frankenstein-related items to close out this series. I couldn’t resist. The first of these is a brief interview with Boris Karloff from 1963 regarding his role as the Monster in the original Frankenstein (1931). I … Continue reading

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