Posted in: Movies, Religion
Promises (2001)
Promises presents a powerful portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children who live in and around Jerusalem. As filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg, who was raised in Israel, notes, "They live no more than 20 minutes from each other, but they are each growing up in very separate worlds." The children include Mahmoud, Shlomo, Sanabel, Faraj, Moishe, and twins Yarko and Daniel. With the exception of the latter, all are religious (the twins are the grandchildren of a Holocaust survivor). Most have strong political beliefs...
Posted in: Movies, Mystery
The Hour Of Our Time: The Legacy of William Cooper
Surrounding us in our day-to-day lives are mysteries, that to spend our days pondering would paralyze us from leading productive lives. So we turn away from these thoughts in order to seek out as trouble free an existence as we can. Then there are those who have made it their business to explore and expose these mysteries; to remind us of what we already know on some deep subconscious level, that things are rarely what they seem on the surface. Bill Copper was such a man. Cooper's commitment to exposing the truth...
Posted in: Lifestyle, Movies
A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures
Chris Waitt, the star and maker of the documentary, appears to be in his mid 30s and he has had his fair share of girlfriends -- all of whom have dumped him. He decides to find out why and he attempts to interview each of his exs to see why he can't find a relationship that lasts. If you can imagine knocking on the door of someone who has dumped you and shoving a boom mike and a camera in their face, then you can get a sense of how funny this is. Indeed, in the first half hour, when he first sets out of his...
Posted in: Biographies, Movies, Music
Last Days
Gus Van Sant's Last Days is a film about the death of Kurt Cobain. While the name of the main character has been changed from Kurt to Blake and the setting of the suicide changed from a greenhouse in Seattle to a greenhouse in upstate New York, there's no mistaking this film is the product of Van Sant's imagination pursuing the final, lonely moments of the great '90s icon. Rock biopic fans seeking a traditionally gratifying plot should run as fast as they can from this movie and see Rock Star or Sid and Nancy...
Posted in: Biographies, Movies
Gandhi
Richard Attenborough’s film about one of the greatest men of the 20th...
Posted in: Movies, Music
Scratch
A documentary movie examining the birth and evolution of hip-hop DJs, scratching and turntablism. Contains interviews with some of hip-hop’s most famous and respected DJs including Grand Wizard Theodore, Q-bert, Mix Master Mike, Cut Chemist and DJ...
Oil, Smoke and Mirrors
Through a series of interviews, this film argues that the bizarre events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, and the equally bizarre prosecution of the so-called “war on terror”, can be more credibly understood in the wider context of an imminent divergence between the supply and demand of global...
The Corporation
A fascinating documentary looking at the increasing power of large global businesses and the impact this is having on...
Posted in: Health, Lifestyle, Movies
Super Size Me
Super Size Me is an Academy Award-nominated 2004 documentary film, directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. It follows a 30-day time period (February 2003) during which Spurlock subsists exclusively on McDonald’s fast food and stops exercising regularly. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effects on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own...