HotDocs 2012: INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE Review

There is a lot of passion, soul baring, and white-knuckle anxiety on display in Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky's documentary on the world of independent games and their micro-sized design teams.  Instead of hundreds of people working on all aspects of a top... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2012: FRANCOPHRENIA (or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where The Baby Is) Review

I will be brief, as to not waste too much of your time, as it would be doubly a crime for Francophrenia to kill the sum of my 70 minutes viewing the thing, another hour writing about it, and then... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2012 Review: THE FINAL MEMBER Pairs w/ MANHOOD for Mighty Eve of Penises

In one of the finer examples of the synergy caused by pairing two separate films together, the programming staff at Hotdocs made a wise move of presenting an evening of all things phallus. Manhood is a short doc from some... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

HotDocs 2012: THE AMBASSADOR Review

Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on in The Ambassador.  Well, it's a given that there is trickery happening, so the thing to figure out is who the trick is on: The... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2012 Review: CHARLES BRADLEY: SOUL OF AMERICA

The film starts with a 62 year-old man wearing a flowing cape and instantly recognizable wig, donning the disguise of a soul legend before taking the stage. He slinks into the dark Brooklyn divebar, ostensibly there to both celebrate a... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

HotDocs 2012 Review: BEWARE OF MR. BAKER, As Drummer Still Packs a Wallop

If all Ginger Baker ever did musically was to beat the drums behind Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton during the heady two year sprint that was Cream, then Ginger Baker's role as rock-god may well have been solidified. If all... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

HotDocs 2012 Review: THE IMPOSTER May Be the RASHOMON of (Post)Modern Documentaries

Everyone lies.It's a simple statement, but few take it to heart. Now, of course, I'm not lying, I'm telling you my story, my response to this film. But I may be lying to myself, and then to you, convincing myself... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

HotDocs 2012: AI WEI WEI: NEVER SORRY Review

A common phrase on the internet, particularly in social media circles is "Pictures, or it didn't happen."  This certainly treads close enough to the general ethos of documentary film-making to make Ai Wei Wei:  Never Sorry about the most appropriate film to... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2012: DESPITE THE GODS Review

"This is mayhem.  This is India.  Isn't it beautiful?" This observation to the camera, uttered by a crew member at one point during a bit of down-time during the shooting of Bollywood horror-fantasy HISSS, nearly encapsulates things in a single thought.... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2011: PROJECT NIM Review

[Hotdocs may have wrapped up last week, but there are a few more reviews and interviews in the queue, and James Marsh's Project Nim may have been the best film at this years festival.]Meet Nim Chimpsky, the irrepressibly cute chimpanzee snatched from... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2011: HOT COFFEE Review

In Rodrigo Cortés' thriller Buried (the one with Ryan Reynolds making cellphone calls from a coffin) there was one bit of highly effective satire involving the company employing Reynolds' character (as a truck driver in Iraq) and their insistence of getting liability... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2011: WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP Review

Can a place be evil?  Can it's bad mojo be transferred upon an unsuspecting settler or to a wide population of lifetime residents?  This question is asked in a baroque and highly unconventional manner in Wisconsin Death Trip.  The film... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2011: BOY CHEERLEADERS Review

In order for these young boys to compete in a typically all girls cheerleading competition, it is going to, as their flamboyant instructor says, "take balls."  Taking gender politics of the 21st century and throwing them up in the air... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2011: FIGHTVILLE Review

It was a Mixed Martial Arts weekend here in Toronto as the UFC comes to down as a huge live event, but also in the form of a documentary film as one of the opening nights Galas at this years... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

HotDocs 2011: RESURRECT DEAD Review

Here is why the current trend in documentary filmmaking, the re-purposing of a 'standard talking heads doc' with a more structured genre-framework (eg. Man on Wire, The Cove, King of Kong), has yet to find its quality ceiling or go... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  
 
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