Cynthia Fuchs is director of Film & Media Studies and Associate Professor of English, Film & Video Studies, African and African American Studies, Sport & American Culture, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University.
Sunday, September 11 2011
The many documentaries on 9/11 show that this is what the day has been and remains, history conveyed by images, history reconfigured to shape what comes after, history that is perpetual.
Thursday, January 13 2011
A remarkable number of documentaries challenged basic assumptions about structure and representation, faith and truth.
Thursday, November 18 2010
Filmmaker Chico Colvard talks about his memories, his award-winning documentary (Family Affair) -- opening this Friday at the Quad -- and the whiteness of the independent film community.
Thursday, May 6 2010
Alex Gibney says, "The reason I hate the whole bad apple thing is because it allows us as human beings to completely disengage, to say, 'I'd never do anything bad, because I'm good.'"
Thursday, March 4 2010
Antoine Fuqua's new film, Brooklyn's Finest, is about men under pressure, men whose choices range between "righter and wronger", as on character outs it.
Monday, March 10 2014
Television is especially good at pretending intimacy, at inviting you to feel close to emotional situations and worrying for characters you come to know over time.
Friday, March 7 2014
Mr. Peabody is awesome, you see right away, and his decision to adopt the abandoned infant Sherman seems a sweet and righteous extension of his wonderfulness.
Thursday, March 6 2014
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel walks out of frame, his figure blurrs as if the camera can't keep up, you hear another reporter trying to ask another question from off-screen.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
The Road to Fame reveals the connections between past and present, between the two generations shaped by China's one child policy -- and their desire for fame.
Monday, March 3 2014
For the most part, Those Who Kill lets you feel cynical and all-knowing. But with the camera on Chloë Sevigny's pale, ghastly face, you also feel you can never know enough.
Friday, February 14 2014
Both careful and compelling, Nan Burstein's film looks back on the rivalry between the golden girl Kerrigan and the hardscrabble Tony Harding as well as a number of related stories, not least being the TV coverage of every creepy or melodramatic moment.
Thursday, January 30 2014
The five young men, wrongly convicted of raping the Central Park Jogger in 1990 and released from prison in 2002, must endure a loss that cannot be made right. Still, The Central Park Five grants them the chance to tell their stories.
Tuesday, November 5 2013
The film is a remarkable portrait, convincing and performative, insistent and expressive, and ever incomplete.
Tuesday, October 29 2013
The Oscar-winning documentary is as vital and heartrending today as it was on its release almost a decade ago.
Monday, October 14 2013
This remarkable documentary series has offered glimpses of its subjects' experiences, versions of reality constructed and set into a complex dialogue with their viewers.