Documentary

Just Do It – Review

Just Do It – Review

Legend has it that exited (m)ad man Dan Wieden whooped "You Nike guys, you just do it" to a bunch of senior honchos from Nike while discussing their advertising strategy. He had coined a beautifully simple global marketing slogan still in use more than 20 years later. It is also a phrase, it turns out, that can...

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Donor Unknown – reviewed

Donor Unknown – reviewed

Many years ago I met two university students who had paid for their long summer holiday by volunteering for medical experiments and donating sperm. After a while the clinic told them their sperm had conceived six or seven children and they were no longer allowed to donate. But what if there were no such limits on...

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Senna – Reviewed

Senna – Reviewed

According to one commentator in this documentary about the Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, “There is only one way to describe his style: fast.” There are a few ways to describe this film: moving, gripping, extraordinary, very fast, and a fitting testimony to the memory of a remarkable man. In...

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Nénette by Nicolas Philibert – DVD review

Nénette by Nicolas Philibert – DVD review

Nénette is about orangutans, but it’s a long way from Richard Attenborough and the glorious photography we usually associate with documentaries about animals. Instead we are treated to something more unusual but equally satisfying, a meditation on a single primate, on zoos, on captivity, and on...

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The Man of Aran review

The Man of Aran review

Documentaries are all the rage nowadays. Michael Moore is probably responsible for turning the genre from a niche interest into a global box-office phenomenon. This year, we even heard movie titan, Matt Damon, narrate the 2011 Oscar winning, Inside Job. But before these documentary mega-stars there was Robert J....

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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – a review

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – a review

Even if you don't know exactly who he is or what he does, the name Justin Bieber can't have escaped your notice. Justin Bieber is everywhere: his YouTube videos are the most-watched (surpassing even Lady Ga Ga), he's regularly trending on Twitter and has graced the covers of countless magazines. And as if you...

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Just About Famous: a review

Just About Famous: a review

Just About Famous - the (sort of) star-studded short film - is, well, just about the best thing we've watched all day. This short documentary is currently playing at film festivals around the world, and it's certainly worth checking out. Just About Famous takes a look at the unusual and often amusing...

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Review: My Kidnapper

Review: My Kidnapper

The past is never far behind us, but some of us are better at escaping its legacy. If you've been kidnapped by armed revolutionaries and dragged deep into their impenetrable jungle hideaway, then you're probably more aware of this than most of us. My Kidnapper follows four people who experienced just that, and...

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Look At What The Light Did Now – review

Look At What The Light Did Now – review

You know Feist, the singer from that famous iPod advert, that song that goes '1234 tell me that you love me more'. You know the one. Well it turns out there is a lot more to her than just a really popular song. Of course, Feist fans will already know this, but the rest of us know very little about the...

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The Real Band of Brothers out on DVD

The Real Band of Brothers out on DVD

The TV mini-series The Band of Brothers was so influential and highly acclaimed that you might forget that it ran for only 10 episodes. The stories were epic, the characters engaging and the acting powerful, and it contained a whopper of an A-list cast. Now, The Real Band of Brothers tells the real stories behind...

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