hybrid_poster2-525x758 8.5

ART AS A WEAPON Review

If you’re setting out to make a documentary about art, you’d be wise to follow Jeffrey Durkin’s lead and make sure that the caliber of your film’s visuals match that of art being depicted. Everything in Durkin’s Art as a Weapon, a short but stunningly beautiful 76-minute doc, is meticulously shot and framed to perfection. A film about art should look artful, and this film excels on all fronts.

1971_ONESHEET 7.5

1971 Review

1971 is one of the more interesting documentaries I have seen in some time.  Largely told by the people involved with some recreations when necessary, the film tells the story of eight individuals’ break-in to a local FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971.  What the uncovered would cause more embarrassment to and distrust of the Bureau though not brining it or its long-time chief J. Edgar Hoover exactly to its/his knees.  The film’s opening includes a statement about Edward Snowden’s recent high-tech appropriation of numerous National Security Agency (NSA) documents as well as Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the so-called “Pentagon Papers” in 1971.

rich_hill

Sundance Winner RICH HILL Gets a New Trailer

One of the more intriguing docs that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palmero‘s Rich Hill.  Although I missed it at the fest, this film looks right up my alley, taking place in a poverty-stricken

internets_own_boy_the_story_of_aaron_swartz_xlg 7

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY Review

Many people not steeped in the tech world may know who the prodigious Aaron Schwartz was, but Brian Knappenberger’s documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy, aims to shine a light on one of the most innovative and forward thinkers of this generation. In addition to being one of the creators of RSS and the popular information site Reddit, Schwartz was a strong believer in an Internet free from the bounds of corporate overlords. Although he tragically took his own life in 2013, his influence caused a ripple effect through policy changes and an outcry of support that the Internet should remain open to the world.

bound 6

BOUND BY FLESH Review

We, as Americans, have always had a morbid fascination with the concept of gawking at “freaks.” Be it from a circus sideshow, or more recently, from whatever the latest TLC reality program is, we just love looking at those different than the norm. In Leslie Zemeckis’ documentary, Bound by Flesh, two of the most famous sideshow performers, conjoined twins Violet and Diasy Hilton, are profiled. The film explores their lives, from their early exploitation, to their later years as independent, but struggling women trying to stay relevant after the fall of vaudeville.

13893-1

THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL Trailer

Netflix has released a new trailer for its upcoming sports doc The Battered Bastards of Baseball, which chronicles the story of the Mavericks, a minor-league baseball team started up by Bing Russell, father of Kurt Russell.  The film originally premiered at this

code_black 8

CODE BLACK Review

That dreaded and unexpected trip to the emergency room. All sorts of thoughts and anxieties will likely run through your mind should you find yourself there. What’s wrong with me? Am I going to catch somebody’s germs? How long am I going to be here? Can I afford this? Will my insurance cover it?

photo-main

VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE Trailer

Variance Films has released the first trailer for the upcoming documentary Video Games: The Movie, which takes a look at the history of video games and the impact they’ve had on our culture.  The film is narrated by Sean Astin and features

battered_bastards_of_baseball 8

LA Film Fest 2014: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL Review

There is much enjoyment to be derived from the very entertaining sports documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball. It not only works for fans of the sport but also for non-fans alike. It’s about a rag-tag bunch of disparate personalities; it’s about bucking the system; and, like many great sports films, it’s about the underdog.

tmnt

TMNT Doc TURTLE POWER Gets a Trailer

Paramount will be releasing a feature length documentary on the history behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, titled Turtle Power, which is set to hit DVD and VOD August 12th.

Along with the announcement of the film, comes a trailer, which makes

The Crash Reel Poster Theatrical 9

THE CRASH REEL Review

Release Date: December 13, 2013 (Limited)
Director: Lucy Walker
Film Pulse Score: 9/10

[This is a repost from our earlier review of this film.  The Crash Reel is playing in select cities this Friday.]

Lucy Walker’s The Crash

BET RAISE FOLD Review 7

BET RAISE FOLD Review

Release Date: December 1, 2013 (VOD Platforms)
Director:
MPAA Rating: NR
Film Pulse Score: 7/10

Bet Raise Fold tells the story of online poker’s rise and fall through the eyes of three online players. 

THE NEW BLACK Review 7

THE NEW BLACK Review

Release Date: November 1, 2013
Director:
MPAA Rating: NR
Film Pulse Score: 7/10

The topic of gay marriage is currently one of the most talked about, hot button issues in our country today.  While

RUNNING WILD Review 2.5

RUNNING WILD Review

Release Date: October 4, 2013 (Limited)
Director:
MPAA Rating: NR
Film Pulse Score: 2.5/10

Suzanne Mitchell’s Running Wild is subtitled The Life of Dayton O. Hyde and indeed the film is based on this