Tag Archives: Documentary

Mr. Plinkett’s The Star Wars Awakens Review (2016)

Spends 45 minutes rehashing all the arguments he made about the prequels. He talks about this dumbass ring theory some bored nerd made up that makes absolutely no sense and he spends way too much time saying that exact thing. The only slightly interesting tangent is when he talks about all the list clickbait articles people made about the prequels leading up to The Force Awakens, but he goes on way too long about it. Continue reading Mr. Plinkett’s The Star Wars Awakens Review (2016)

This is It (2009)

I vaguely remember this coming out in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death and I always meant to see it, but never got to it. Saw it at Hastings for a dollar on Blu and had to pick it up. The film starts out with your typical talking heads chatting about how great it is to audition for Jackson. It feels so canned and uninteresting that I was bracing for the tedium to continue. But once Jackson shows up, the magic begins. Almost all of the footage that follows is from rehearsals of the tour he was planning. Continue reading This is It (2009)

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016)

NOTE: This is a review of the 44 minute IMAX version of the film titled Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience.

Terence Malick’s latest film comes across as an afterthought. Conceived as a documentary about the origin of the universe and the wonders of the cosmos, it served as a companion piece to The Tree of Life. However, at over twice the length of the creation sequence in The Tree of Life, Voyage of Time doesn’t manage to do anything more than The Tree of Life already achieved. Continue reading Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016)

The Look of Silence (2014)

The more documentaries I watch, the more I’m left reverting back to the same old critiques: too many talking heads, too much reliance on archived footage, and too little compelling film-making. Joshua Oppenheimer certainly falls prey to the first two problems, but I think there’s an interesting filmmaker there, I just don’t think he’s hit his stride yet. Continue reading The Look of Silence (2014)