Category Archives: Documentary

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011, 89 minutes, Rated R) 3 out of 5 stars

Relatively entertaining if not great documentary chronicling Conan O’Brien’s stage tour following his departure from The Tonight Show in early 2010. Part of the settlement offered to him by NBC included a gag order on any radio, TV, or internet … Continue reading

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008, 95 minutes, Not Rated (would be R)) 5 stars out of 5

As compelling and emotionally grueling as it gets. Kurt Kuenne‘s ode to his murdered friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby (and to Andrew’s child and parents), is easily one of the best documentaries I have ever seen but also one I am … Continue reading

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Senna (2010, 106 minutes, PG-13) 4 out of 5 stars

Recommended documentary about Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who won three Formula One racing championships before his death at age 34. This got good reviews, but I was somewhat skeptical. I have no interest in car racing (I didn’t even know the … Continue reading

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Dark Days (2000, 94 minutes, Unrated (would be R)) 4 out of 5 stars

Compelling documentary about a community of homeless people living underground in the NYC subway tunnels near Penn Station. Shot entirely in black and white, the movie chronicles their everyday struggles against rats, squalor, drugs, and more. We’re introduced to a … Continue reading

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Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010, 84 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Thoroughly amusing documentary about the Filipino exploitation film genre of the 1960s-1980s. Good, but not as good as the filmmaker’s (Mark Hartley) previous movie on the Australian exploitation-cinema craze of the 70s and 80s, Not Quite Hollywood. The Philippines post-World … Continue reading

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Armadillo (2010, 101 minutes, Unrated, would be R, subtitled ) 4 out of 5 stars

Dark, engrossing, if not ground-breaking documentary from Denmark about a squad of Danish troops stationed at forward operating base Armadillo in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The movie was shot over a 6 month deployment, focusing in particularly on 3-4 troops from … Continue reading

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Sound and Fury (2000, 80 minutes, unrated) 4 out of 5 stars

Really good documentary that provides a fascinating lens into deaf culture, and also chronicles the drama involving a family and their decision to provide their deaf children with cochlear implants or not. Peter Artinian and his wife Nettie were both … Continue reading

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