Friday, April 26 2013
American viewers who embrace Kon-Tiki may all feel like enthusiastic kids again.
The kidnappers are caught up in a mutual druggy, aspirational haze: when any one of them feels apprehensive, the nearest buddy encourages him to "get a pump", as they lose themselves in frenzy of bicep-curling and self-distraction.
Triggering Wounds expands from one teenager's experience -- as a shooter and a survivor -- to consider other experiences as well, those of parents, paramedics, an undertaker and a morgue attendant.
Thursday, April 25 2013
The film shows that the men who are involved in this business, those sold or sold and those who sell or buy, all have more at stake than they might imagine on that one day.
Mercenaries stumble in creating an anti-pirate militia in Puntland, while American wildcatters confront pitfalls aplenty in Ghana and Nigeria, in two documentaries examining crises in Africa.
Wednesday, April 24 2013
Two documentary autopsies of violent tragedies, the first in Philadelphia and the second in Kandahar, show the results of systematic dehumanization.
Tuesday, April 23 2013
Best known as a war zone correspondent, photographer Tim Hetherington was dedicated, thoughtful, and very good at what he did.
Monday, April 22 2013
A gritty documentary and fluffy comedy bring a similarly hardheaded sensibility to the invisible epidemic of pain pill addiction.
Saturday, April 20 2013
The enduring unknown of Portrait of Jason is whether and how it's a portrait of a person or a hustler, an artist or a self, and whether it gives the lie to "intention" as a legible, assessable story.
Friday, April 19 2013
Ray-Ban wearing Jack is the ultimate Tom Cruise hero. You can't quite tell whether this is a joke or a fantasy or yet another sig of the movie's utter lack of imagination.
Thursday, April 18 2013
Upstream Color emulates the experience of trauma, as the personal turns abject and absolute, shaping all the rest of the victim's world and time going forward.
Wednesday, April 17 2013
Bitter Seeds points out that these multilayered crises evolved because of an illicit deal struck by the US and Monsanto with the World Trade organization “that forced India to open its doors to foreign seed companies.”
Because Terrence Malick's To the Wonder eschews chronology and, for the most part, dialogue, you can't know when such sublime or difficult moments occur, or how they have effects, exactly.
Monday, April 15 2013
The story of my father and Jackie Robinson suffused my childhood, and my admiration for both of these artists, both men representing history in their own ways, seems always to be part of my emotional and moral fabric.
Friday, April 12 2013
In Alexanderplatz, the skate punks find the perfect place to stretch out and fly, to resist and have fun, they find "corners, edges, and smooth surfaces everywhere: it was fantastic."
42, like Lincoln, reminds us that one person, at a pivotal moment, can overcome popular prejudices and help change rules and expectations.
For viewers who've seen Murderball, the remarkable documentary by Dana Adam Shapiro and Disconnect's director Henry Alex Rubin (his first fiction feature), this glimpse of Mark Zupan may be just a bit thrilling.
Wednesday, April 10 2013
No one imagines or even tries to see another perspective, here. Play -- as performances, as games, as the assumption of roles -- takes precedence over understanding.
Tuesday, April 9 2013
The Power of Few, as its title suggests, affirms a faith in transformation initiated from outside the usual framework.
Monday, April 8 2013
The film does looks back on events, but also considers how history, the public, collective, handed-down kind, is reified and entrenched.