Category Archives: Film Reviews

Sink or Swim

Su Friedrich came out with this avant garde film, chronicling the story of a girl and the issues with her father as she got older.  It is black and white, narrated by a little girl, and quite ambiguous as to whether this is self-reflexive or not. Without reading anything about the film, I took away […]

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Freestyle

Freestyle is a film that follows the chronology of freestyling in rap music.  This documentary reminds me a lot about my piece.  They put a timeline of the freestyle movement together, but it’s really not enough to just go on that.  This is when they incorporate sequences of freestyle circles and man on the street […]

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Classified X

Classified X is a documentary by Melvin Van Peebles about the rise of the Blaxploitation genre.  Van Peebles made the first Blaxploitation piece, Sweet Sweeback’s Baadasssss Song (that’s 3 A’s and 5 S’s in Baadasssss). The documentary really shows what it means to be independent.  Van Peebles stands in front of a green screen with […]

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Debbie Does Dallas (The Documentary)

Thanks again to the fine managers at Newbury Comics, I was able to get another low-priced documentary to quell my fix. The documentary Debbie Does Dallas looks at the film, the producers and distributors, and all the controversy involved.  There was an FBI sting operation, the lead actress went missing, and there were many mobsters […]

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Comedian

I watched Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary, Comedian, the other day thanks to the low, low prices of documentaries at Newbury Comics.  I didn’t know what to expect when I turned on the film.  Sometimes you get documentaries produced by celebrities, and there’s just enough footage of them to warrant a trailer.  However, this film followed Seinfeld […]

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Overnight!

Someone gave me a DVD of the documentary Overnight.  It is about Troy Duffy, the writer and director of Boondock Saints.  I remember when this movie came out on DVD. People assumed I had seen it because I was from Southie, but to be honest, I’m more of a TV guy than a movie guy. […]

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Man on Wire

I was finally able to see the film Man on Wire.  It is a documentary-heist film about how Philippe Petit, a french performance artist, tied a cable between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, and walked across it for the performance of a lifetime. The thing that I hear a lot of people talk about […]

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Nervous White Boy

My MFA Production Workshop teacher, C.E. Courtney screened his documentary from 1989, Nervous White Boy this week.  This was another self-reflexive documentary, similar to the production of Sherman’s March, where C.E. returns home to Mississippi after his uncle was murdered.  C.E. captures his family’s reaction to this crime, especially through the eyes of his mother […]

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Sherman’s March

It feels like any documentary student is not allowed to receive their degree until they see Ross McElwee’s Sherman’s March. I feel like I saw so many clips in my film classes that I had seen all of it one way or another, but I actually sat down and watched it again straight through.  I […]

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Boy Interrupted

I watched Boy Interrupted on a lazy sunday afternoon last year.  I woke up to hear the HBO music playing, hoping it was The Hangover for the fifth consecutive time, however I was wrong.  Not knowing anything about the film, I was shocked to learn that it was a mother’s story about losing her teenage […]

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