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Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe documentary Les Blank

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe Documentary by Les Blank

The German filmmaker Werner Herzog is one of the enigmatic figures of cinema. His movies are eerily outlandish and otherworldly, especially titles like Fata Morgana, Fitzcarraldo, and The Wild Blue Yonder. The director’s predilection and tendency for danger and eccentricity put him in jail during the filming of Fata Morgana, and on another occasion, someone […]

Bartek Konopka Rabbit á la Berlin analysis

Rabbit á la Berlin (Mauerhase) by Bartek Konopka: the Berlin Wall through Rabbits’ Perspective

Bartek Konopka’s Rabbit á la Berlin (Mauerhase) is a tongue-in-cheek allegory on post-WW2 in Germany. The 40-minute short blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction (just like Stories We Tell and Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?)—it is unrealistically serious and blatantly sarcastic at the same time. In this aspect, the movie reminds of […]

Stuff documentary John Frusciante Johnny Depp

Stuff John Frusciante Documentary by Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes | Happy Birthday, John Frusciante

Today guitarist John Frusciante turns 44. Frusciante, born in New York in 1970, is most well-known as an ex-member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but his obscure solo career and film projects showcase his talent as an avant-garde artist. Frusciante used to be good friends with actor River Phoenix, and the two even recorded […]

Dirty Wars Documentary: Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill Expose the Dark Side of American Wars

Richard Rowley’s Dirty Wars documentary follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and his revelations about America’s military intervention in Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Scahill investigates American killings of civilians, including pregnant women and children, covered up by the American services, particularly the Joint Special Operations Command, known as JSOC. Dirty Wars, based on Scahill’s book […]

Jehane Noujaim The Square documentary oscars

Jehane Noujaim’s The Square: a Documentary about Egypt and the power of Film

Jehane Noujaim’s The Square follows the Egypt revolution between 2011 and 2013 by focusing on three protesters: the young Egyptian Ahmed Hassan, the Muslim Brotherhood member Magdy Ashour, and the British-Egyptian actor Khalid Abdala, known for his role in The Kite Runner. The film features some harrowing unscripted scenes, such as a tank running over […]

morgan nevile 20 feet from stardom oscar nomination

Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom Oscar Nomination | Oscars 2014 Documentary Preview

Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom documentary is about backup singers and their role in the musical industry. The film is nominated for the Best Documentary this year, and is one of the two art-related nominations—the other one is Cutie and the Boxer about the Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. 20 Feet from Stardom […]

The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer documentary Oscars 2014

The Act of Killing: Joshua Oppenheimer and the Denial of Reality

Earlier today, the director of The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer published a comment about the influence his Oscar-nominated documentary had on the Indonesian society. The Act of Killing revisits and literally re-enacts the country’s horror from 1965, when the military overtook government power and killed more than 500,000 people labeled “communists.” The Act of […]

Cutie and the Boxer: Zachary Heinzerling’s Documentary about Ushio and Noriko Shinohara | Oscars 2014

In Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, Japanese action-painting artist Ushio Shinohara is paint-boxing the canvas pretty hard, considering he is 80 years old. The documentary follows and lives of Ushio and his wife Noriko, also an artist. The two are constantly split between their art and family life, love and competition for each other, […]

is the man who is tall happy michel gondry noam chomsky documentary

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? by Michel Gondry: Documentary and Animation, Reality and Film

Michel Gondry used a box of sharpies and a 16-mm camera to interview linguist Noam Chomsky in his new movie, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?. Gondry’s hand-drawn animation paints (pun intended) a personal, funny, and unpretentious portrait of Chomsky and his scientific ideas. The movie screened at the Berlin Film Festival a few […]

Michael Haneke Mein Leben documentary

Watch Michael Haneke Documentary “My Life” (2009)

Michael Haneke: My Life is a 2009 documentary by Felix and Gero von Boehm. Some of the themes of the documentary overlap with another documentary about Haneke, 24 Documentaries Per Second, but Boehm’s film provides interesting insights into some actors’ opinion of Michael Haneke, including Susanne Lothar, who played in Haneke’s Funny Games among other movies, […]

Sarah Polley in Stories We Tell Documentary

Stories We Tell Analysis: Sarah Polley’s Documentary

Through its intricate structure, Stories We Tell (2012) by Sarah Polley (playing in The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, and eXistenZ) examines the elusive nature of narratives, memories, and truth. The documentary points the camera to itself to analyze the meaning of its own story. The meta-narrative composition explores levels of storytelling unified by the larger theme […]

Michael Haneke documentary 24 Realities per Second.

Watch “24 Realities per Second” Michael Haneke Documentary

Nina Kusturica, a distant relative of Emir Kusturica, and Eva Testor made the Michael Haneke documentary in 2005 after filming  the director over a two-year span and following his festival trips and filmmaking process. Nina Kusturica has studied filmmaking and editing at the Vienna Film University, where Haneke is teaching. The movie’s style and topics […]