Category Archives: Documentaries

New York Film Festival 2021 – What I’ve Seen So Far, Part 1

_____________________________________________ I skipped last year’s New York Film Festival entirely because I couldn’t get my head around seeing the films virtually, which might seem odd since I’d been watching everything — new and old movies — on my computer screen … Continue reading

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Going Back – Supplemental

For a deeper look, here are interviews and discussions for most of the films covered in the previous post. Running times for videos are indicated. ___________________________________________________ The Courier Benedict Cumberbatch and director Dominic Cooke interview (8:18) _____________________________________________________ Gunda Interview with … Continue reading

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Best Documentaries 2020 – Supplemental

For those who would like to go a little deeper, here is a selection of interviews, discussions, reviews, and performance clips for the documentaries in the previous post. Running times for videos are indicated. ________________________________________________ The Bee Gees: How Can … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year – Best Documentaries 2020

I didn’t see nearly as many documentaries in 2020 as I have in previous years. When Film Forum and the IFC Center closed down last March (along with all other movie theaters in New York City), the venues where I’d … Continue reading

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Shooting “Barry Lyndon” – John Alcott & Stanley Kubrick

A few days ago on Facebook someone posted a link to an interview with cinematographer John Alcott on how Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975) was shot. This appeared in the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer. The interview covers technical … Continue reading

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Flying Fortresses in My Life – Supplemental

For a deeper dive, here are materials additional to part one. ___________________________________________________ This is an excellent documentary on the B-17 with includes reminiscences by WWII veterans. It runs just under an hour. ____________________________________________________ Target for Today is a feature-length documentary … Continue reading

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Flying Fortresses in My Life

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been in love with B-17s. The fact that my dad was a navigator in one during World War II is probably what initially sparked my interest. I know it’s what influenced me … Continue reading

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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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