If other life forms exist, they’re probably wondering what the hell is wrong with us. Les Drew and Kaj Pindal poked fun at this notion when they directed a 1967 Academy Award-nominated film, What on Earth?, that takes a humorous look at Earth’s inhabitants from the fictional view of the Martians.
Cars are mistaken for living beings and appear to be Earth’s dominant species. The automotive… Continue reading If Aliens Made Documentaries, They Might Look Like This Oscar-Nominated Short Film from 1967
Why the Slamdance Film Festival isn’t more celebrated for its documentary finds each year is a question I ask, well, every year. Sure, its annual feature-doc program isn’t filled exclusively with good movies, but neither is Sundance nor any other festival. There have been at least a few in every crop of eight-or-so titles that I’d recommend, and in most year’s there’s at least one really terrific work.
Look… Continue reading Forget Sundance: Here Are the Three Must-see Slamdance Documentaries
Doc Talk is a biweekly column devoted to documentary cinema, typically featuring an essay concentrated on a currently relevant topic for discussion followed by critic picks for new theatrical and home video releases. This week’s focus is on some of the films that screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
With the presidential election only a month away, it’s time for movies tackling important national issues to… Continue reading Pictures of Health: Six Current Documentaries Tackle the Medical Issue
As I look back on my “Sundance Documentaries People Will Be Talking About” column from last January, I realize this is my equivalent to other bloggers’ annual “Most Anticipated Movies of [the Coming Year]” list. Partly because to preview the docs playing at Sundance is usually to preview the docs we’ll be seeing in theaters in the next twelve months, as well as to spot some of… Continue reading Doc Talk: 10 Documentaries People Will Be Talking About at Sundance 2012