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Monday, Oct 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.

“There are a few things I would like to say,” essays Neil Hughes. And before he says them, he underlines, “I have tremendous good will toward the series.” That would be the Up documentary series, initiated by director Michael Apted in 1964, when he filmed 20 seven-year-olds living in and around London. Most of those subjects, including Neil, continued to appear in the films, which were made every seven years and broadcast on British TV.


Now, in the eighth movie, 56 Up, Neil talks not only about his life, per se, but also about his life as a documentary subject.


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Monday, Oct 7, 2013
Need a break from the real world? Here's the best of everything entertaining that requires an electrical outlet. This'll at least get you through October -- so long as the power holds.

The season of the witch (or vampire, princess, random cartoon character, etc.) is upon us, and Hollywood is offering plenty of spooky things to get you into the Halloween mood. But there’s more to this month than just one holiday, there is plenty of new music, movies, and video games to keep you entertained also.


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Monday, Sep 23, 2013
Janet Mino patiently coaxes her students to say what they feel and to feel safe. Some are afraid, some are frustrated, and some are eager; all sit in her classroom at John F. Kennedy High School in Newark, New Jersey, and all have special needs.

Each day, Janet Mino patiently coaxes her students to say what they feel and to feel safe. Some are afraid, some are frustrated, and some are eager; all sit in her classroom at John F. Kennedy High School in Newark, New Jersey, and all have special needs. As you see right away in Samantha Buck’s documentary Best Kept Secret, premiering on PBS’ POV Documentary Series on 23 September, Mino and her associates, other teachers, counselors, and staff members, are deeply committed to the individuals in their care, a number that includes the students and their families.


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Monday, Sep 23, 2013
First Cousin Once Removed suggests contexts, slips in stories, and frames performances -- by Edwin and those who remember him -- and so, beautifully complicates and extends its project.

“I know there’s a past and I know that I lived in it and that I gave it up, to live only in the present.” As American poet and scholar Edwin Honig describes his loss of memory, his slipping into the state called Alzheimer’s disease, you watch a bridge collapsing into water. The footage is archival and black and white, a memory of another time, abstracted into a context for which it could never have been intended. The image of the bridge collapsing, in slow motion, reverberates, a brief indication of what it might feel like to break off from the past. Just so, the process of memory loss becomes incredibly, poignantly visible repeatedly in Alan Berliner’s documentary, First Cousin Once Removed, premieres on HBO 23 September. It’s as profound and personal a film as you might imagine. That it achieves such effects even as it is, at the same time, a movie that invites you to come “inside someplace where the unspeakable, the unseeable, the unsayable can be seen,” as one interviewee puts it.  “And there’s a sense in which people both want to see it and don’t want to see it.”


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Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Everything you need to know about all the upcoming new TV series.

Summer hasn’t ended yet, but the major TV networks are busy trying to get you to think about this fall. CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC, and the CW have been showing countless ads for their upcoming new TV series, with long-form trailers available online.


So, what’s on? Who’s in it? What will last, and what will be canned before Thanksgiving? Instead of searching all over the web, let PopMatters be your ultimate guide: with descriptions, video previews, premiere dates, and the odds of survival for all the new shows this fall.


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