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DEAR MR. WATTERSON (2013)

Friday, 11 July 2014 12:00

The Buzz:

        A documentary that examines the popularity of Calvin & Hobbes, through interviews with various comic artists, archivists, and fans.

 

THE SUMMIT (2012)

Thursday, 13 March 2014 20:28

THE BUZZ

     Among serious (read: crazy) mountain climbers, Everest is easy mode. The locals call it “the mountain that is slightly taller than the other mountains.” It’s tough, but the base-to-summit climb is way easier to take in stages than most of the “Eight Thousanders (mountaineer lingo for the 14 peaks that reach 8,000 meters above sea level), and all of the camps along the way are better equipped and better established. And even though more people have died climbing Everest than any other mountain, it is not the most dangerous. However, the second tallest peak in the world, K2, has killed one person for every four who has made it to the summit. And in 2008, it killed eleven people in one day. This awesome documentary chronicles the incident how it went down as best as the survivors could determine after the whole ordeal was over with a mixture of original footage, high-budget re-enactments, and interviews with the survivors. It makes for a hauntingly gripping documentary, and damn good viewing.

WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (2013)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00

The Buzz:

        This documentary takes a look at the controversial website WikiLeaks, it's founder Julian Assange, and the events that brought them to the world's center stage. Featuring archive footage of Assange and interviews with his co-workers and those he interacted with, this film follows the history of the site, and reveals the details behind it's most controversial leak from the actions of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning.

 

THE RED CHAPEL (2009)

Monday, 23 December 2013 20:36

THE SUMMARY

     A Danish documentarian (Mads Brugger) goes on a trip to North Korea with two Danish comedians (Jacob Nossell and Simon Jul) who were adopted from South Korea as children. The reason they told DPRK officials for the trip was as a small theatre/comedy group intending cultural exchange. The real reason is to try to get an inside look at North Korea. Although the subject seems to be a pretty lighthearted endeavor, the film pretty quickly becomes dark as hell and genuinely unsettling. Jacob has spastic paralysis and is physically disabled to an extent; DPRK is rumored to have an official policy of killing the disabled so as not to reflect poorly on their hermetic, tightly controlled image. So what it ends up being is a deeply creepy 90 minutes of equal parts fetishizing over and loathing of Jacob and a disconcerting painting of how truly fucked up of a nation North Korea is with regards to the disabled as they parade him around the country for wantonly transparent propaganda purposes.

NOLLYWOOD BABYLON (2008)

Friday, 20 December 2013 03:03

     If I asked you to name an African movie, you'd probably be hard-pressed to come up with anything that wasn't either The Lion King, District 13, or that 30-second trailer for Ghanaian Terminator vs. Predator. Though most people in the West aren't aware of it, the African country of Nigeria (with some help from Ghana) actually has an extremely prolific film industry - it ranks third in the world behind only India (Bollywood) and the US (Hollywood), and has come to be affectionately known as “Nollywood.” Nollywood Babylon gives us a brief tour of the country, explains how its unique style of filmmaking came to be almost by accident, and follows along with several directors and producers of today, providing a fascinating look at the unique culture of West Africa interpreted through a familiar art form.

PUMPING IRON (1977)

Friday, 08 November 2013 16:51

     For much of the 20th century, fitness was still a fairly small industry, and bodybuilding was an extremely niche pursuit, with bodybuilding contests viewed as something like a carnival freak show by the average person. Then, in 1977, the documentary Pumping Iron changed all that, by introducing a pair of charismatic bodybuilding rivals named Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno to the general public, launching acting careers for both of them and instantly making weight-lifting cool. In other words, this is the film that gave us Conan the Barbarian and The Incredible Hulk, as well as being directly responsible for the popularity of the fitness and physical conditioning hobbies to this day. In addition to its role in history, it also provides a fun look back at life in 1970s America, and depicts the intense psychological drama pervading elite-level competition. Plus, a whole lot of retro beefcake, if you're into that sort of thing.

FORKS OVER KNIVES (2011)

Friday, 20 September 2013 14:23

The Buzz


     This new 2011 health documentary by Lee Fulkerson is more like a biography of two prominent food scientists, Dr. T Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  It follows their childhoods on farms up to their most acclaimed research. Using excerpts from their research, the doc explains how the REAL culprit of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke is meat and dairy. Personal testimonies are used heavily to supplement their research.  
 

EYES OF THE MOTHMAN (2011)

Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:42

The Buzz:

     The Mothman of West Virginia is one of the classic “cryptids” of North American history, although admittedly not as well-known as the Chupacabra, Bigfoot, or Mummy Bigfoot. Still, people seem to like that “Mothman Prophecies” movie with Richard Gere in it, and I don't think there's ever been a movie about Chupacabras or Bigfeet that actually achieved mainstream success, so at least this monster has that going for it. In fact, the legend of The Mothman and the strange events surrounding its appearances in Point Pleasant, West Virginia had an influence on the paranormal zeitgeist on par with the Roswell Incident, and this surprisingly weighty documentary takes an in-depth look at the folklore and first-hand accounts that led to the legend.

LUNOPOLIS (2009)

Friday, 09 August 2013 14:36

The Buzz:

     When discussing mockumentaries, most people think about This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and other films that apply documentary-style filmmaking to fictional, comedic situations, often with the actors at least semi-improvising their performances to keep everything organic. Lunopolis takes the exact same techniques, but applies them to a dark science fiction story, combining “found footage” with “expert interviews” to delve into the mysterious “true story” of a “time-traveling secret society that lives on the moon.” It's like Chariots of the Gods, but with a much more interesting conspiracy and some shakey-cam action scenes mixed in. The end result is a surprisingly suspenseful film, with great performances from all the actors and plenty of fascinating theories that will stick with you, despite the fact that they're entirely made up.

 

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS (1970)

Thursday, 28 March 2013 20:03

The Buzz:

When did fringe elements of society suddenly become important to the general public consciousness? We all vaguely remember when the History Channel actually taught us about history instead of chronicling new developments in Bigfoot-hunting, and before the Honey Booboo era sapped the last drop of meaning from TLC's initialism. These days, the freaks, the kooks, and the crackpot conspiracy theorists have taken over the mainstream to such a degree that thousands of people showed up in New Orleans on Mayan Apocalypse Day to party with Giorgio Tsoukalos. Most people just know him as "that guy with the hair."

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