Tag Archives: Documentary

Restrepo (2010)

Restrepo is a war documentary with no political agendas, hidden policies or ideological assumptions driving its narrative construction. It’s simply an attempt to capture the harshest deployment in the Afghanistan. In an industry trying to grasp at some kind of meaningful portrayal of America’s current war, Restrepo simply documents what happens and leaves it to the audience to experience. Continue reading Restrepo (2010)

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

Another film exploring the life of a celebrity, although this one is a lot more straightforward and not nearly as funny as I’m Still Here. Okay, so it is still funny as it chronicles a year in the life of Joan Rivers, a once famous comedian who now is at what seems to be the end of her long career, the gigs waning down to almost nothing, the opportunities all but gone. Continue reading Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

I’m Still Here (2010)

The cat is out of the bag on this film. Now we know that Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix were pulling the legs of the world, having fun, joshing. While for some it might seem like I’m Still Here is an elaborate publicity stunt or some kind of self-important performance art, both of these avoid actually examining the film. Why go to all the trouble of making something seem real when Hollywood makes fake movies all the time? Continue reading I’m Still Here (2010)

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

What is art? This question can often end up being intellectual naval gazing, elitist bickering or postmodern mumbo-jumbo, none of which are beneficial at discussing the subject. Contesting what qualifies as art can often validate or condemn a piece. It’s a question that still must be brought up in mediums as they evolve, progress and change into something different, bizarre, unseen and new. Continue reading Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

His Name was Jason (2009)

You’re writing about more of this nonsense? You say. Like any horror series, it’s never going to die, although at this juncture I’ve run out of films to write about. So this is it, end of the line, the last film. Well, actually, His Name was Jason isn’t technically a film but a TV special. Yet for the sake of equality and to give Jason a fighting chance we’ll assume it is one for the purposes of this review. Continue reading His Name was Jason (2009)