OKGazette.com - Documentary http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-81-1-documentary.html <![CDATA[The Armstrong Lie - A portrait of a vicious cycle.]]>

Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.

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<![CDATA[Rewind This! - Be kind, <i>Rewind</i>.]]>

Anyone who recalls the days of loading up on VHS rentals at mom-and-pop video stores back in "The Day" will feel that joy return in a rush from Rewind This!, on DVD from, appropriately, the FilmBuff label. 

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<![CDATA[Unhung Hero - Does size matter?]]>

First, watch this.

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<![CDATA[Room 237 - Rhetoric on redrum.]]> The Shining is about a novelist who goes mad while hotel-sitting over a winter break. The Shining is about the white man's genocide of Native Americans. The Shining is about the Holocaust. The Shining is about how Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo moon landings. 

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<![CDATA[Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th - The men and women behind the mask.]]> How appropriate that a history of the Friday the 13th fits into a snug 13 chapters on Blu-ray and DVD. It makes me wonder if its running time of 6.66 hours also were intentional. ]]> <![CDATA[Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie - Mort! Mort! Mort! Mort!]]> In 1987, The Morton Downey Jr. Show burst out of nowhere — New Jersey, to be precise — and became a near-instant phenomenon, turning its loud-mouthed, chain-smoking host into the titan of trash TV. Less than two years later, ratings plummeted along with Downey's career. ]]> <![CDATA[Stories We Tell - Family matters.]]> Stories We Tell is not only one of the year's best documentaries, but one of the format's more unique exercises of our time. You may have seen a story of this type before — just not told in this imaginative a fashion. I was reminded of the rush I felt encountering Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line or Michael Moore's Roger & Me in the late 1980s, and thinking, "Wow, a documentary can be like this, too?"]]> <![CDATA[My Amityville Horror - Arguably better than most of the sequels (and definitely the remake). ]]> Daniel Lutz doesn't like people to know he's one of the children who lived through The Amityville Horror — as Jay Anson's best-selling book and subsequent smash movie called it — and yet here he is, front and center for an entire documentary on that "unfortunate gift." Be glad he gave in; My Amityville Horror is an occasionally gripping portrait of a middle-aged man still coming to terms with a terrible childhood.]]> <![CDATA[Bert Stern: Original Madman - Our snap judgment: See it!]]> For someone who claims to be so uncomfortable in front of the camera, Bert Stern never shuts up in Original Madman, the documentary about him. And I'm sure glad he didn't, as the story of his life is a must-absorb for anyone interested in film, fashion, photography, art, design, advertising, popular culture, counterculture ... oh, hell, let's say American history in general.]]> <![CDATA[The Jeffrey Dahmer Files - “Go look in the refrigerator.”]]> Understandably, a documentary about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer that weaves fictional elements with fact sounds like a wretched, evil, exploitative thing. Instead, it's a small marvel of microcinema — and another argument for the storytelling power of the nonfiction format.]]> <![CDATA[Aroused - Porn stars are people, too.]]> As director Deborah Anderson states at the beginning of her documentary, Aroused is not a story about pornography, but about women. For half of its 69-minute running time (deliberate?), I believed her.]]> <![CDATA[The Imposter - Too good to be true, and yet ...]]> Although now I can’t remember the publication, I recall reading an article about con artist Frédéric Bourdin and thinking, “This would make a really good documentary.” A few years later, The Imposter is that documentary. ]]> <![CDATA[Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel - An icon of fashion takes the spotlight.]]> You might not know it, but chances are Diana Vreeland has a great deal to do with what you think when it comes to fashion, style and design. As fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar and, later, editor of Vogue, she injected post-World War II America with an almost revolutionary sense of, as she put it, “pizzazz.” ]]> <![CDATA[Paul Williams: Still Alive - The lover, the dreamer and me. ]]> All the love audiences have for the Oscar-nominated Searching for Sugar Man (which I wasn't crazy about) is what I feel for Paul Williams: Still Alive.
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<![CDATA[Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis - The one-time ‘Nutty Professor’ just wants to be loved. Is that so wrong? Well, now that you mentioned it ...]]> There's a long-standing joke about Jerry Lewis being loved by the French, and to paraphrase The Simpsons, it’s funny ’cuz it’s true. We even see the adulation — then, now — in Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, a two-hour documentary about the man whom one celebrity admirer calls “The Beatles of movie comedy.”]]> <![CDATA[Searching for Sugar Man - A true story that's truly sweet.]]> This is a golden age of documentaries, and I don’t mean the propagandistic variety via Michael Moore or 2016: Obama’s America. Given the pervasive timidity and lack of imagination in Hollywood today, film buffs are well advised to take stock of documentaries, where the most gripping stories are being told.]]> <![CDATA[I Am Bruce Lee - They call him Bruce.]]> I was incorrect in thinking the documentary I Am Bruce Lee wouldn't reveal anything new about the screen's greatest martial artist. While not exactly earth-shattering, the facts I learned numbered many.]]> <![CDATA[Classic Albums: Peter Gabriel: So - The whole story behind the music, now ‘In Your Eyes.’]]> Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album, So, found the former Genesis vocalist at his commercial and critical peak. Now, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, it’s not only been reissued in a three-disc box set, but is the subject of the Classic Albums documentary series.]]> <![CDATA[With Great Power ...: The Stan Lee Story - A not-quite-Marvelous look at a pop-culture giant.]]> There's a great story surrounding Stan Lee and Marvel Comics. I know because a month ago, I read all about it in Sean Howe’s new book about the very topic. As for the documentary With Great Power  ...: The Stan Lee Story, however, it's perfectly fine if the only portrait you care to see is superficial, self-laudatory and largely wart-free.
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<![CDATA[The Definitive Document of the Dead - It’s all messed up.]]> Significantly updated from his 1985 documentary, The Definitive Document of the Dead promises to be the last word director Roy Frumkes has to say on his subject of zombie godfather George A. Romero. If not, perhaps it should be. ]]>