DownStream – Doc Around the Clock

I'm really running low on "doc" puns at this point. Anyway, tomorrow the Academy announces its shortlists for several categories outside the main ballot, including Documentary Feature. Since the list of submissions was announced, I've tried to find time to view as many that are available as possible. Sadly, at the moment I'm working two … Continue reading DownStream – Doc Around the Clock

Sit Back and Let The Boss Sing to You – Western Stars

"This is my 19th album, and I'm still writing songs about cars." So says the legendary Bruce Springsteen in the new music documentary/concert film, Western Stars, a performance of his latest album of the same name. Inspired by what he calls "Southern California pop music" infused with heavy country influences and his usual heartfelt empathy for … Continue reading Sit Back and Let The Boss Sing to You – Western Stars

The Music That Truly Reverberates – Echo in the Canyon

One of the cooler - and in my opinion more essential - features of recent cinema is the fact that Hollywood has put out a slew of great films dealing with music, particularly rock and R&B. They've run a particularly intriguing gambit from bombastic crowd-pleasers like Bohemian Rhapsody to insightful documentaries like Amazing Grace. And there are … Continue reading The Music That Truly Reverberates – Echo in the Canyon

The Devil On Your Shoulder May Be the Better Angel – Hail Satan?

The last weekend of movie-going I've experienced has been one of running against archetype. First I saw The Intruder, and later I saw another film where the lead is well against the characters they normally play. I'll review that one in a couple of weeks, as I saw an advance screening and am bound by NDA … Continue reading The Devil On Your Shoulder May Be the Better Angel – Hail Satan?

Nowhere to Go But Up – Fahrenheit 11/9

Gonzo documentarian Michael Moore is no stranger to controversy. In fact he openly courts it. This oftentimes enrages his social and political opponents, and brings mixed results when it comes to the quality of his films. He received critical and audience acclaim for Roger & Me. He won an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, then drew boos … Continue reading Nowhere to Go But Up – Fahrenheit 11/9