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Entries Tagged as 'Documentary'

10-point review of Disneynature’s “Oceans”

April 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Disneynature’s “Oceans”

Disneynature’s “Oceans” came out on the “Earth Day” Thursday, 2010, just like last year Disney’s “Earth” came out on the same date also. A small disclaimer: I have not seen Disney’s “Earth”.

The visuals in the “Oceans” are simply amazing. Most Earthlings will [...]

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Tags: Documentary · Drama · Movies

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987) NR 2h 2min

March 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)

A.k.a. “Yuki Yukite shingun”.
The plot: This documentary directed by Kazuo Hara follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a Japanese veteran of World War II, as he tries to seek justice – and vengeance – for the unexplained deaths of several soldiers [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Foreign · Japan · Movies · War

Review: Taxi To The Dark Side (2007) R 106min

November 6th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Taxi To The Dark Side (2007)

Director Alex Gibney’s “Taxi To The Dark Side” won 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary.
The plot: “Taxi To The Dark Side” focuses on the story of an innocent Afghani taxi driver who was tortured to death by U.S. forces [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies · USA

Religulous (2008) R 101min

October 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Religulous (2008)

Stand-up comedian Bill Maher, who now works at HBO, has had this documentary in mind for many years and finally it seems he could not keep his thoughts to himself anymore. He spoke about religion and absurdity of it and all [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Documentary · Movies · USA

Review: W. (2008) PG-13 133min

October 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

W. (2008)

Oliver Stone (Platoon (1986), The Doors (1991), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995), Alexander (2004)) directed this biographical dramedy about the current US president, George W. Bush. Written by Stanley Weiser. Starring Josh Brolin (American Gangster, In The Valley [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Documentary · Drama · Movies · USA

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (1984)

October 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (1984)

Director Jonathan Demma very creatively crafted this film from the footage of several Talking Heads concerts at Los Angeles’ Pantages Theater.
The plot: The staging concept was developed by the lead vocalist of the Talking Heads, David Byrne, the band’s [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies · Musicals · USA

The Prisoner or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (2006) PG-13 72min

October 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Prisoner or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (2006)

This is a documentary about Yunnis Abbas, Iraqi journalist and reporter, who was once tortured by Uday Hussein for writing an article about the embargo. 5 years later as he was returning from a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies

Review: “The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (2007) PG-13 79min

May 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you liked “Trekkies”, you will probably like this movie too – it’s a documentary about a niche in sport – competitive Donkey Kong players and their fans. If you are not watching it in theater where you pay to stay in, it will not be hard to walk away from this documentary if you are watching it on DVD. It probably qualifies as documentary for guys.

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Tags: "Guy" Films · DVD · Documentary · Movies · Sports Films

Review of “Aristide and the Endless Revolution” (2005) NR 84min

May 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This documentary directed by Nicolas Rossier examines the oft-suppressed story of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti. Only an hour south of Miami, the elected president of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, Jean Bertrand Aristide, has twice been forced from office with complicity [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Foreign · France · Movies

Review of “SiCKO” (2007) PG-13 123min

January 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

I live in LA, and I remember a recent “episode” that was all over local news when a security camera noticed the ambulance pull over in Skid Row and dump a lady with head trauma with almost no clothes on the street. The [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies

Iraq In Fragments (2006) 94min

November 21st, 2007 · No Comments

This powerful Oscar-nominated documentary from director James Longley is a depiction of stories of modern-day Iraqis as they try to cope with the war, with life without Saddam, without law and order, occupation, violence and division of country into sectarian regions. Finally a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies · War

The U.S. vs John Lennon (2006) PG-13 96min

November 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Documentary written and directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld about the part of life of John Lennon when he was more and more separating himself from Beatles and becoming a political peace activist. Yoko Ono also is interviewed in this movie. Lots [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Black and White · Documentary

Good Night And Good Luck (2005) PG 93min

October 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Great film directed by George Clooney and starring himself and David Strathairn as CBS reporter Edward R. Morrow, who stood up to senator McCarthy, who was using fear to erode civil liberties, which makes it a very important movie of our time, when people who criticize the administration are accused of being unpatriotic and terrorist-huggers.

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

The Fall Of Fujimori (2005-2006) NR 83min

October 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Anyone can use archive footage and narate it with dramatic voice and music, but this documentary feels like a college-grad’s essay. Worth watching but don’t expect much.

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary

The Road to Guantanamo (2006) R 95min

October 3rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

This movie was a big hit in Europe. I was on vacation in Paris at the time it came out in theatres, and every Parisian movie theatre that I passed by was showing it. I have not seen this movie advertised in Prague [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Drama · Foreign · Movies · UK

Wordplay (2006) PG 94min

September 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments

An OK documentary about Will Shortz, a famous “puzzle-master” from The New York Times, and his fans. If you listen to NPR on the weekends or solve puzzles, this movie may work well for you. It’s not particularly gripping, but it’s fine as a [...]

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