One of the documentary world’s leading lights, author/filmmaker Eugene Jarecki will give a special
“doc talk” at Silverdocs this week. A documentarian fascinated with institutions and the personalities who guide them, his many acclaimed films include such non-fiction landmarks as WHY WE FIGHT, THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER, REAGAN, FREAKONOMICS, QUEST OF THE CARIB CANOE, SEASON OF THE LIFTERBEES, and the Sundance hit THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, which looks at the failed war on drugs in America. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (the same award as his 2005 film WHY WE FIGHT) and its striking message should definitely generate controversy as the government must justify spending untold billions on a failed attempt to contain a raging drug epidemic (and failing miserably).
This Is Not Berlin (“Esto no es Berlín”) (Hari Sama) 2 out of 4 stars. What doesn’t sound interesting about a movie detailing the queer art scene of 1980’s Mexico City? I, for one, was all in. Unfortunately, despite centering … Continue reading
Love, Antosha (Garret Price, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. The actor Anton Yelchin (1989-2016), who died in a freak accidentin his own driveway, starred in movies both large and small, from the rebooted Star Trek franchise to the highly … Continue reading
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Mads Brügger, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 until his death in a plane crash in Africa. An idealistic and militant soul, the … Continue reading
Luce (Julius Onah, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. In Luce, director Julius Onah makes up for having afflicted The Cloverfield Paradox on us by delivering a gripping, thought-provoking cinematic essay on race, gender, colonialism, class, power and privilege (white … Continue reading