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These Amazing Shadows

What movie love lurks in the heart of man? ‘Shadows’ knows.


Documentary

Rod Lott
At the start of the documentary “These Amazing Shadows,” various film lovers talk about the magic of going to the movies, using phrases like “window to the world” and “religious experience.” But the way things go at the multiplexes these days — texters, talkers, popcorn-munchers — when’s the last time you felt that sense of awe?
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tabloid

Further proof that truth is stranger than fiction ... and a hell of a lot more entertaining.


Documentary

Rod Lott
“Tabloid”  may be the documentary to top all year.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead

The true story behind ‘Send more paramedics.’


Documentary

Rod Lott
What the recent book from the same writers failed to do, the documentary "More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead" succeeds in spades: delivering a concise, compelling and entertaining look at the 1985 cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead."
 
Monday, November 7, 2011

When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet

Do U like me? Y or n ;)


Documentary

Rod Lott
About a dozen years ago, new neighbors moved in next door to me. Relative newlyweds, they told me they had met in a chat room on America Online. I hardly could believe such a thing could happen, but what once was novel is now normal.
 
Monday, November 7, 2011

His Way

A look at yet another fun and fabulous life you cannot live.


Documentary

Rod Lott
A look at the still-ongoing life of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, "His Way" isn't exactly a story that needed to be told — it's no "The Kid Stays in the Picture," I mean — but it's certainly an entertaining one. If you know who Weintraub is, you're more apt to enjoy it for what it is: a feature-length reach-around.
 
Friday, November 4, 2011

Page One: Inside The New York Times

All the news that’s fit to shoot about all the news that’s fit to print.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Startling admission: As a career-long journalist in one form or another, it is difficult for me to be truly objective about the documentary “Page One: Inside The New York Times.”
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

The People vs. George Lucas

Meesa thinkin’ much ado about nothing.


Documentary

Rod Lott
When I read or hear someone say, "George Lucas raped my childhood," I think, “Don’t you have anything actually important to worry about?”
 
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

How bitter Coco tastes.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Last year’s debacle over “The Tonight Show” didn’t quite reach Shakespearean proportions, but you sure couldn’t tell it at the time. When Jay Leno left the hallowed television franchise for a stab at prime time, NBC gave the coveted late-night slot to Conan O’Brien, who had been patiently waiting in the late-late-night wings.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

Buck

It’s the cowboy way.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Love horses? You're going to love "Buck."
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode

What’s up, doc? You didn’t put me in the Halloween mood.


Documentary

Rod Lott
There's a great documentary to tell the true story of Bram Stoker and his enduring creation, but “Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode” isn't it. What’s a “voivode”? You’ll find out, but that should be one indication as to this film’s lacking level of accessibility.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011

Houdini

Abraca-dry-ba.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Originally aired on PBS’ long-running “American Experience” series, the hour-long “Houdini” documentary is a crash course on escape artist Harry Houdini, arguably pop culture’s “greatest showman.”
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

Thanks for the dismemberies!


Documentary

Rod Lott
Released in conjunction with "The Blood Trilogy" Blu-ray from Something Weird Video and Image Entertainment is their companion DVD documentary, "Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore." Helmed by the great Frank Henenlotter ("Frankenhooker," "Basket Case"), the feature-length doc is longer than any one entry in that trilogy, which is comprised of "Blood Feast," "Two Thousand Maniacs!" and "Color Me Blood Red."
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Live from Tokyo

これは、音楽についての素晴らしいドキュメンタリーです。


Documentary

Rod Lott
As soaked in neon as the city it captures, the documentary “Live from Tokyo” delves into its underground music scene — specifically, how living in such a crowded megaopolis, where citizens are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information and stimuli, affects what musicians make. Spoiler alert: Clutter yields creative intensity.
 
Friday, August 26, 2011

Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff

From ballerinas to barbarians, the Oscar winner shot them all.


Documentary

Rod Lott
When he died two years ago at the age of 94, celebrated cinematographer Jack Cardiff was responsible for shooting 73 films — many of them Hollywood classics, some not — from “The African Queen” to “Conan the Destroyer.”
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

The Death of Andy Kaufman

In search of ... the man on the moon.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Even as big a fan of Andy Kaufman as I am, one can’t help but be disappointed by “The Death of Andy Kaufman.”
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
 
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