Money! Money! Money! Generation Wealth Review

Just what can money buy you? Status, class, authority, respect, infamy, a presidency? The list of things you can gain with a little (or rather a lot) of green, is endless. In the Western society, money makes the world go around. However, we all know the old saying: Money can’t buy you happiness. Certainly, we […]

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Not Another Dumb Blonde: Mansfield 66/67

Despite being dubbed as another dumb blonde to rival Marilyn Monroe,  Jayne Mansfield was actually a genius with very high IQ, of 163. In addition to English, she spoke four other languages. She learned French, Spanish, and German in high school, and in 1963 she studied Italian. Reputed to be Hollywood’s “smartest dumb blonde,” she […]

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East of Edie: How Grey Gardens Changed the Documentary

Once upon there was a beautiful house that represented the American dream. Inside the house, there were two beautiful, sophisticated socialites, who were part of the upper elite. People to be admired and respected. But, the years passed, and the years were unkind. Slowly, the house began to decay, with the vermin and cats overrunning […]

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Searching for Whitney: Kevin Mcdonald’s New Documentary Whitney

Whitney Houston was an icon, a film star, a pop legend, a woman who overcame the odds to rise to the top of stardom. But behind that dazzling smile she was a broken, fragile soul who was always performing as someone else for the world, and never fully embracing who she truly was. Whitney’s life […]

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Exclusive Interview: Tony Zierra & Elizabeth Yoffe, Filmworker

Those who follow me on Twitter will probably know that one of my favourite films this year so far has been Tony Zierra’s Filmworker produced by Elizabeth Yoffe. The documentary tells the compelling and engaging story of Leon Vitali, a young actor who gave up his life and career in order to become Stanley Kubrick’s […]

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The House That Bergman Built: A Review of Trespassing Bergman

There’s no denying that Ingmar Bergman made a lasting impression on so many great filmmakers. But it’s often hard to wrap our heads around the fact that Bergman changed the entire course of cinematic history and helped to shape the landscape of filmmaking today. There’s something wonderful about seeing the likes of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, […]

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The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire

The British Empire is a thing of the distant past, long dead and buried. But, out of the ashes a new, more destructive empire emerged; one that couldn’t be controlled, one that couldn’t be tracked, and one that ensures that the elite stay in control and the ordinary person being kept down. The Spider’s Web […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Ten

“When I left university I was working for a documentary film company for six or seven years to the great relief of my father whose greatest waking fear was that I would become an actor.” – – – Sam Neill Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Godfrey Reggio The unbalanced life forms in so many words the sub-title and translation […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Nine

“It’s a funny thing with documentary films – you want them to feel as entertaining and as gripping as a fictional film. With a fictional film you want it to feel as realistic as a documentary film.” – – – Jonathan Demme Dior and I (2015) Frédéric Tcheng A large chunk of audiences had already made […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Eight

“There is so much investment in it of people’s labor time that it will never make money. But there are other documentaries that you might make that are sort of on assignment for television that turn around in three to six months. Then the margin can be much be better for you because you’re not […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Seven

“I’ve been encouraging documentary filmmakers to use more and more humor, and they’re loath to do that because they think if it’s a documentary it has to be deadly serious – it has to be like medicine that you’re supposed to take. And I think it’s what keeps the mass audience from going to documentaries.” […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Six

“When you’re shooting a feature that costs $200,000 a day with a crew of 250, you don’t want accidents; you want to know exactly what’s going to happen. But with a documentary, you don’t, so you have to be sensitive to accidents because that is where the gold is.” – – – Sydney Pollack She’s […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Five

“I try to learn from both, from features and documentaries. In both cases you have to find a way to make the camera as discreet as possible, and flexible enough to be able to capture the moment when it happens. I know from documentary how to not have a preconceived idea of what the scene […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Four

“I like the idea of the documentary as a portrait. There’s not a chronological beginning, middle, and end structure. You build something in the editing room that’s shaped by getting to know the person and digging deeper, unpeeling the layers of them as you get to know them.” – – – Spike Jonze Side by […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Three

“You kind of form a bond with your subjects, in a way. You’re in it together. To a degree that people don’t realize, documentary films – or at least the kind of documentary films I’m interested in – are a collaborative undertaking with the subjects.” – – – Steve James Nuit et brouillard / Night […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 23:

The Red Pill

Welcome to episode 23. In this episode, Bee hosts Rob, Jonathan, and Al as we discuss the results of her Twitter poll questions about films of 1999, and then we delve into the documentary The Red Pill from 2016, directed by Cassie Jaye (@Cassie_Jaye) which chronicles her journey into the mysterious and polarizing Men’s Rights […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Two

“If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you’re dumb and blind.” – – – Salman Rushdie After Spring (2016) Ellen Martinez, […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File One

“My hat’s off to documentary filmmakers. I don’t know if I’m ever going back to it. You’re treated like a second-class citizen at most film festivals. You take the bus while everybody else is flown first-class. If you’re a feature film director, you’re put in a five-star hotel, and if you’re a documentary director, you […]

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Documentary Review – SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

With a name like Mick Rock, you would have been more surprised if he hadn’t pursued a life of Rock N’ Roll. SHOT! Is an odyssey into the history of rock ‘n’ roll via the photographs and recounts of rock’s greatest living photographer: Mick Rock who navigates his story from the glam rock shimmer of London to the […]

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Documentary Review – David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch is a larger than life film director and artist who has over the years brought us such surreal delights as Eraserhead (1977), Twin Peaks (1991 and 2017) and Mulholland Drive (2001). What is perhaps a more surreal story than anything feature in his work, is his own story and the development of his career. Directors Jon […]

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Documentary Review – The Karma Killings

India and the rest of the world were left shaken in 2006, when a pair of serial killers were caught after killing 19 children, what made the whole situation even more shocking was that one of the serial killers was a local business man Moninder Singh Pandher who was regarded as a pillar of society. This documentary tries […]

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