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Tue
01
Apr
2014
 

The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.



Thu
06
Sep
2007
 

This is the first in the seven-film documentary series The Blues, a Musical Journey: and the only instalment to be directed by the driving force behind it, Martin Scorsese. Tracing the progress and evolution of the music from Mali to the Mississippi, Scorsese never loses sight of the historical legacy of slavery, poverty and repression that underpins its pain and pathos. But he also succeeds in recapturing the mood, method and message of such Delta legends as Robert Johnson and Charley Patton. Guitarist Corey Harris proves an amiable travelling companion - his conversations with the likes of Ali Farka Toure, Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' are as captivating as the music, which retains all its affecting power.



Tue
16
Apr
2013
 

Wim Wenders' superb Oscar-nominated documentary charts legendary guitarist Ry Cooder's 1996 visit to Cuba to meet some of the country's finest musicians, including Ibrahim Ferrer and ninety-year-old Compay Segundo, with a view to organising a once-in-a-lifetime concert at Carnegie Hall. There's a chance to see the veteran entertainers talking about their philosophies on the music industry, singing and performing in their home towns and chatting to their friends and peers, as well as talking to Wenders himself. Concert footage is intercut with interviews and a revealing look at life in Havana.  … one of the best music documentaries ever made and a compelling testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Reviewed by Tom Hutchinson in Radio Times Film Guide

 

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Tue
13
Nov
2007
 

Documentary illustrating the rich and diverse history of lesbian and gay representation in film, from silent movies to the modern Hollywood blockbuster. The cinema has over its 100-year history played a part in reflecting and defining society's attitudes to homosexuality and gender roles. Featuring contributions from actors, film-makers, screen writers and academics, including Tony Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Fierstein, Gore Vidal and Armistead Maupin, and clips from over 100 films.



Tue
15
Apr
2014
 

Oscar-nominated documentary about the 40-year relationship between Japanese painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko. Ushio found fame in the 1960s after leaving his native land for New York, where the couple met and married. Noriko gave up her career and education to act as her husband's assistant, but after 40 years together, she is now beginning to be recognised as an artist in her own right. Storyville series editor: Nick Fraser.

For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most underappreciated, alternative artists in Japan and New York City with an wildly esoteric style. For many of those years, his wife, Noriko, has been a faithful companion to this idiosyncratic man, but grew want to be more. This film covers the relationship of these special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms. Meanwhile, we also follow Noriko pursuing her own artistic vision with her semi-autobiographical line art project that reveals much about her own soul as eloquently as her husband's work.

Written by Kenneth Chisholm (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Tue
08
Mar
2016
 

Composed entirely of early nitrate film footage from archives including George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art, Decasia explores the unstable medium of celluloid and states of decay. Edited fragments from documentaries, early 20th Century features and screen tests create an intriguing, unique and haunting film with a driving score by Michael Goodman.

Tue
04
Oct
2005
 

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola'sApocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.



Tue
21
Nov
2006
 

A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.



Thu
24
May
2007
 

Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place.



Tue
21
Feb
2012
 

This documentary confirmed my worst suspicions about Fox "News". As a European in the US I was shocked to watch biased, unresearched vitriol spew out of a channel which then sanctimoniously called itself a news channel. The documentary shows employee after employee confirm what most in the industry already know. Interference with news content, selection and misrepresentation of news content, presentation of opinion as news content. Murdoch makes Citizen Kane look like a saint. Unfortunately, this is not a movie, it is for real. It is not much of a democracy when one man (Rupert Murdoch) can decide the presidency of the United States. (And he not even a US native).

PG from Dublin Ireland, on IMDB



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