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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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