Documentary

Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition review

Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition review

Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary I both love and wished was more. Luckily, the special edition solves a fair few of the niggles I had the first time around. When I first saw Indie Game: The Movie, I felt disappointed that it wasn’t the film I wanted it to be. That it wasn’t a collection of...

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Milius – Review

Milius – Review

John Milius is the biggest name among that revolutionary generation of American filmmakers from the late 1960s and 1970s that you've never heard of. Now the documentary Milius is set to put that right. Maybe you had heard of him, but personally John Milius was new to me before watching this film. This...

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The Best Laid Plans: The Great Hip Hop Hoax – Review

The Best Laid Plans: The Great Hip Hop Hoax – Review

Hip hop has a history of being a little prejudiced. But versus two incredible liars, it didn't stand a chance. Every now and again, you'll hear about a film whose synopsis is just too good to pass up. The description of The Great Hip Hop Hoax as "a documentary about two Scottish boys who fooled the world into...

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The Masters of Dreams (Les Maître du Rêve) – Review

The Masters of Dreams (Les Maître du Rêve) – Review

Masters Dreams takes a look and the people and processes behind some of the world’s most famous pieces of jewellery. This four-part documentary series starts with a look at Italy’s world-renowned jewellers, followed by French and Swiss, English and South African, and finally jewellers of the...

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Girlfriend in a Coma – Review

Girlfriend in a Coma – Review

With its climate, culture, style, and food, Italy can seem heavenly. But Bill Emmott's entertaining and informative documentary Girlfriend in a Coma  points out that all is not so rosy for modern Italy, in fact the country has very severe problems indeed. If you love Italy very much, you could say...

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F*ck for Forest – Review

F*ck for Forest – Review

F*ck for Forest is a serious documentary about a group of people with serious aims, but it's hard not to find it all rather amusing. Not that the film is deliberately laughing at its subjects, but the whole thing is so unlikely that it's hard not to at least smirk. The second feature length documentary...

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Mission to Lars – DVD Review

Mission to Lars – DVD Review

Mission to Lars is about the journey of a heavy metal fan and his siblings to meet Lars Ulrich, the drummer of mega-metalists Metallica. Luckily, it is the band's drummer who they travel to meet rather than James Hetfield, their lead singer and guitarist. Mission to James wouldn't have been such a great...

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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God – Review

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God – Review

With the eyes of the world resting momentarily on the Catholic Church following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, could not have been better timed for release.   Examining the sex-abuse scandal which took...

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Tempest – Review

Tempest – Review

Tempest follows the story of a group of unlikely young actors putting on an amateur production of Shakespeare’s classic play The Tempest in Oval, London. Yet the scatty direction and lack of narrative focus means that much of the significance of these events is perhaps lost within this...

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The Officer’s Wife – Review

The Officer’s Wife – Review

The extent of suffering during the 20th century is hard to fathom, especially when we consider Eastern Europe during the Second World War. It is estimated that 1/5 of all Poles died during the conflict. The Officer's Wife looks at one small episode in this conflagration. Poland endured so much mass...

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