Tagged with documentary films

Review: Far From the Tree, 2018, dir. Rachel Dretzin

Review: Far From the Tree, 2018, dir. Rachel Dretzin


Rachel Dretzin probably didn’t make Far From the Tree anticipating that members of her audience might come back around to Donald Trump mocking a disabled reporter at a campaign rally in 2015 (nice voting, schmucks!). Speaking for myself, that’s exactly what I kept thinking of watching the film (which is based on Andrew Solomon’s non-fiction novel … Continue reading

Review: Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Review: Hale County This Morning, This Evening


I exhausted my brain writing about Hale County This Morning, This Evening for The Playlist, so I’m leaving this intro short. Basically: You really need to see this movie. You also need to see it on a big screen, which is something I rarely demand when recommending documentaries. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is fucking beautiful. It’s also … Continue reading

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017


I’ll admit that documentaries aren’t necessarily my jam – it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s that the way I’m wired I tend to find more truth in fiction than in fact – but I’m happy to watch them, and happier still when they strike me the way that narrative featuresp do. So here … Continue reading

Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe

Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe


I went into Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo with a healthy amount of trepidation, expecting nothing more than a linear history lesson about the state of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017. My expectations weren’t met. The film is a history lesson, that’s for sure, but it keeps the lesson active, primarily rooted in McCabe’s footage … Continue reading

Review: Gilbert, 2017, dir. Neil Berkeley

Review: Gilbert, 2017, dir. Neil Berkeley


I wasn’t at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, but that didn’t stop me from writing a review about Gilbert, Neil Berkeley’s very good documentary about the one and only Gilbert Gottfried, the guy you probably know best as the voice of an angry parrot in the Aladdin movies (or the erstwhile voice of an exasperated duck in Aflac … Continue reading

Review: Obit, 2017, dir. Vanessa Gould

Review: Obit, 2017, dir. Vanessa Gould


Well, how about that? Obit, a film about The New York Times‘ obituaries desk, is as entertaining and informative as it is profound. I liked it! I had a good time with it! I was not overwhelmed by morbidity while watching it, mostly because the film is as far from morbid as a film about death can … Continue reading

Review: The Workers Cup, 2017, dir. Adam Sobel

Review: The Workers Cup, 2017, dir. Adam Sobel


I’m not at Sundance, but that doesn’t mean I can’t remotely cover Sundance from home! For The Playlist, I reviewed a pretty good documentary called The Workers Cup, about workers building the future stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and by “building” I mean “kinda being treated as subhuman by their employers in some truly fucked … Continue reading

Review: Tower, 2016, dir. Keith Maitland

Review: Tower, 2016, dir. Keith Maitland


I have no words to intro my review of Keith Maitland’s Tower for Paste Magazine, other than to express my shock that this movie is relevant in 2016 despite being about terrible shit that happened back in 1966. 

Review: Theo Who Lived, 2016, dir. David Schisgall

Review: Theo Who Lived, 2016, dir. David Schisgall


If you don’t know Theo Padnos, then you probably don’t know Peter Theo Curtis, which is fine: He’s probably okay with not being “known” at this point in his life, because his life, in recent years, has been kinda rough, in which “rough” means “non-existent.” Curtis was kidnapped by Jabhat al-Nusra and kept prisoner between 2012 … Continue reading

Review: Karl Marx City, 2016, dir. Petra Epperlein

Review: Karl Marx City, 2016, dir. Petra Epperlein


Who needs to go to the Toronto International Film Festival when you can just watch movies in competition remotely? Okay, fair answer: Me. I need to go. But I can’t, or I couldn’t, so instead my very awesome editors over at The Playlist gifted me with screeners, thus allowing me to be “part” of TIFF without the … Continue reading