Tag Archives: Documentary

A Vital Moment In History: Monterey Pop

DA Pennebaker made history by documenting the first major festival of its kind, the huge (at the time) Monterey Pop Festival, which I consider to be a more significant moment in the late 60s hippie revolution than even Woodstock. It … Continue reading

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The Damaging Impact of a Neglectful Nation: After the Last River

Vicki Lean’s heartbreaking documentary of suffering in Attawapiskat reveals the damaging impact on first nations livelihood of industry and government regulations ostensibly designed under concealed agendas. Her expository documentary requires little convincing, as Lean makes readily observable through first hand and … Continue reading

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Best of 2016

This comes a little later than usual, but since Oscar season is fast approaching, better late than never! My complete 2016 Watchlist/Ranking The 2016 Next Projection Awards (my contributions included) Films qualify for my Best of 2016 when their initial … Continue reading

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A Revisioning of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog – All Episodes Reviewed and Ranked

What I take most from this complete revision of the Dekalog is that Kieslowski never truly left documentary cinema. While the films in this series are, of course, fictitious, penned by Kieslowski in collaboration with Krzysztof Piecewicz, these stories are a way of examining the truth of … Continue reading

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Junun (Anderson, 2015)

Anderson’s direction is singular and subtly thematic in what seems to be a significant moment in contemporary music and culture. At times, the dynamic hand-camera makes one feel present; at other times, it loses perspective and displays amateur control, ridding … Continue reading

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Taxi (Panahi, 2015)

Panahi’s most aesthetically pure and visually provocative film, chalk full of self-reference, cultural exposition, and homage to cinema. The Kiarostami-esque close up of a rose, eastern string instrumentation in the soundtrack, and long tracking takes from the taxi’s interior render … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread (Geyrhalter, 2005)

Shot in a contemporary-observational style, Our Daily Bread (Geyrhalter, 2005) intends to show and not tell. Documenting the technology of modern food production companies, there is no commentary and the only authorial expression the film retains is through the director/cameraman’s … Continue reading

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Waltz With Bashir (Folman, 2008)

Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir (2008) presents a convergence of fictional and non-fictional elements in that the story is true—depicting actual events—yet animated. Shifting the viewer’s attention between modes of documentary and fictional consciousness, the film has shored up much … Continue reading

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The Trial Of Joan Of Arc (Procès de Jeanne d’Arc, Bresson, 1962)

The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962), with its few settings, minimal action, and plenty of dialogue, reads more like a play than a film. Still, it retains Bresson’s particular formal style; in many ways, the extreme minimalism makes one … Continue reading

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