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Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Roger that!


Documentary

Rod Lott
Corman's World is not the first time producer Roger Corman has been the subject of a documentary film, but until the next one comes along, Alex Stapleton's stands definitive.
 
Monday, March 12, 2012

Queen: Days of Our Lives

Mercury rising.


Documentary

Rod Lott
As with all musical acts lucky enough to achieve worldwide success, Queen's grab of the golden ring was hardly a forgone conclusion, as this two-part, two-hour documentary shows.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman

Love this music documentary madly.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
If you like rock ’n’ roll or drugs — or, perish the thought, even both — chances are you've gone through a Doors phase. Most likely that presumed phase was back in high school, when your parents didn't understand you and disheveled self-destruction was the height of romanticism.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story

Do not pass ‘go.’ Do not collect $200. Do not watch this.


Documentary

Rod Lott
For my entire existence, I was under the impression Monopoly was a board game. Wrong! According to those interviewed in the feature documentary “Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story,” it is “about life” and “like life.” To have a set sit on your shelf is “a great source of pride.”
 
Monday, February 13, 2012

Talking Heads: Chronology

Seeking a career retrospective of a rock iconoclast? Watch out: You might get what you’re after.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Pared down from an earlier, more deluxe release, the "Talking Heads: Chronology" DVD nonetheless paints a satisfying start-to-finish portrait of an American original via live footage.
 
Friday, February 10, 2012

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Less hip-hop, more history.


Documentary

Matt Carney
One of those bywords of documentary filmmaking, a film’s objectivity often gets debated more vigorously than its merit or artistry.
 
Monday, January 30, 2012

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

An urban mystery is paved with mad intentions in this marvelous documentary.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Imagine coming across a homemade tile on a city street or sidewalk bearing the enigmatic, four-line message of “TOYNBEE IDEA IN MOVIE 2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER.” Now imagine coming across dozens of such tiles.
 
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

When neighbors turn noxious.


Documentary

Rod Lott
In 1987, two young men new to San Francisco found an affordable-enough apartment painted Pepto-Bismol pink. It was their next-door neighbors who would have them seeing red ... and later green.
 
Monday, January 16, 2012

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

While well-made, this bee movie may agri-vate many viewers.


Documentary

Rod Lott
If nothing else, “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” is sure to catch your attention: Its opening scenes show a topless woman covered — cov-ered — in bees.
 
Monday, January 16, 2012

The Staircase

Step 1: Watch this true-crime masterpiece.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Watching "Staircase" is like coasting down a steep San Francisco street on your bicycle and suddenly realizing you have no brakes: dangerous, discomforting and yet, strangely exhilarating.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Search for this one.


Documentary

Rod Lott
It took a 20th-century American to revolutionize a 6th-century board game.
 
Monday, December 19, 2011

Superheroes

Look! Up on the ledge! It’s ...


Documentary

Rod Lott
Wait a second: You mean “Kick-Ass” wasn’t fiction? Apparently not.
 
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty

World-class rock geek Cameron Crowe offers a long-due doc on one of the ’90s’ biggest bands.


Documentary

Matt Carney
It’s no wonder the last song featured in “Pearl Jam Twenty” is fan favorite “Alive,” the searing five-and-a-half-minute grunge anthem that’s folded up and sealed in the all-time annals of rock ’n’ roll history by a Mike McCready guitar solo bestowed by the Stratocaster gods.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Pig Farm

Oink.


Documentary

Rod Lott
When it comes to serial killers, the stereotype is true: They seem so quiet and polite, say the neighbors. Same goes for those of Robert Pickton, who's kind of the Canadian version of Ed Gein.
 
Monday, November 28, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Not to be confused with that one Green Day song.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Oddball German director Werner Herzog (“Rescue Dawn”) has done everything but, oh, make a 3-D documentary about spelunking. Scratch that — here’s the alternately weird and wonderful “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” now on Blu-ray after a hit theatrical run.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
 
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