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The Jinx, the Junkyard, and the Juice

It’s been quite a run recently for crime documentaries. In the past year or so, three long-form crime documentaries have attracted a lot of attention. All involve men alleged to have behaved badly, as, I am afraid, we often do. … Continue reading

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Nuts!

Reviewed by Guest Blogger One-Eyed Pete   Well, partner, whaddaya say we divide this ‘yere movie review into two parts? In the first part I’ll tell ya’ why I reckon maybe you should saunter out and see Nuts! In the … Continue reading

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Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

By Nick Gibiser Doc-Lands Contributing Writer I visited last year’s Virginia Film Festival intending to watch Les Blank’s How to View a Rose, a film about legendary documentarian Ricky Leacock. Instead I was greeted rather abruptly by a title card … Continue reading

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Cartel Land

The best film I saw at Full Frame this past weekend was Cartel Land, directed by Matthew Heineman. This documentary is a fascinating study of vigilante movements on either side of the US-Mexico border. On the Mexican side of the border, … Continue reading

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Alive Inside

Have you got your playlist ready, just I case? I have mine. The documentary film “Alive Inside” convinced me to put my mp3 house in order. The film, which aired recently at the 2014 Virginia Film Festival, is about music … Continue reading

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Virginia Film Festival

The 2014 Virginia Film Festival is just around the corner. It will run from 6 November to 9 November.  This festival is not a documentary film festival but it generally features a good slate of docs, and this year is no … Continue reading

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The Staircase

I’d like to second the recommendation (here) made by the guys from nonfics.com for The Staircase, a multi-part true crime documentary by French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. My family and I watched this film with rapt attention, and when the first disk … Continue reading

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The Islamic State

If you haven’t seen the Vice News documentary, The Islamic State, it is eye opening. You can watch it online, here.    

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Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier is an intriguing and enjoyable film which I saw in a movie theater not much bigger than my living room.  I encourage you to see it in your living room, as it is now available on DVD. … Continue reading

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Drunk History and the Trajectory of Documentary Film

What does the newish Comedy Central series “Drunk History” have to do with documentary film? I suppose most people would say, “not much.” But I disagree. In my mind, the best way to make sense of the show (which made … Continue reading

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