DVD review: “Amazing Grace” (2018)

“Amazing Grace” (2018) Documentary Running time: 87 minutes Directed by: Sydney Pollack Featuring: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, C. L. Franklin and the Southern California Community Choir “Oh oh Mary Oh, Mary, don't you weep, don't you mournOh, Mary, don't you weep, don't you mournDidn't Pharaoh's army get drowned?Oh, Mary, don't you weep Well, Satan got mad and he knows …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Apollo 11” (2019)

“Apollo 11” (2019) Documentary Running time: 93 minutes Directed by: Todd Douglas Miller Featuring: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins Neil Armstrong: “One small step for a man... one giant leap for mankind.” Released on Blu-ray/DVD is the documentary that hit all the right buttons last year in the recently found footage that made “Apollo 11” (2019)  a must …

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DVD review: “Liam Gallagher: As it was” (2019)

“Liam Gallagher: As it was” (2019) Music Documentary Running time: 85 minutes  Directed by: Gavin Fitzgerald, Charlie Lightening Featuring:  Liam Gallagher, David Adcock, Paul Arthurs  “You're getting toldYou greedy soulYou've been telling liesThe slippery kind” – Greedy Soul, Liam Gallagher “Liam Gallagher: As it was” (2019) is a music documentary (of sorts, back to that later) that takes a broad …

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Trailer: “Miss Americana” (2020)

Trailer: "Miss Americana" (2020) Netflix has released the trailer for “Miss Americana,” Taylor Swift’s new documentary which shortly gets a high profile Sundance Film Festival premiere ahead of a rollout on the streaming platform on January 31st. https://videopress.com/v/TXvUrM8G?preloadContent=metadata The doco takes its title from a track from Swift’s 2019 album “Lover” and is a deep …

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DVD review: “Memory: The Origins of Alien” (2019)

“Memory: The Origins of Alien” (2019) Documentary Running time: 90 minutes Written & Directed by: Alexandre O. Philippe Featuring: Dan O’Bannon, Veronica Cartwright, Roger Corman Mark Twain: “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”  Recently released on DVD is the documentary “Memory: The Origins of Alien” (2019) a very original movie about …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Mystify: Michael Hutchence” (2019)

“Mystify: Michael Hutchence” (2019) Documentary Running time: 95 minutes Directed by: Richard Lowenstein Featuring: Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss, Tim Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Jon Farriss “Eternally wild with the powerTo make every moment come aliveAll those stars that shine upon youWill kiss you every night”– INXS, Mystify Released this month on DVD/Blu-ray is the documentary “Mystify: Michael Hutchence ” (2019), which …

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Film review: “Mystify: Michael Hutchence ” (2019)

“Mystify: Michael Hutchence ” (2019) Documentary Running time: 95 minutes Directed by: Richard Lowenstein Featuring: Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss, Tim Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Jon Farriss “Eternally wild with the powerTo make every moment come aliveAll those stars that shine upon youWill kiss you every night”– INXS, Mystify Released this month in cinemas is the documentary “Mystify: Michael Hutchence ” (2019), which …

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DVD review: “Free Solo” (2018)

"Free Solo" (2018)  Documentary Running Time: 96 minutes Directed by: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin Featuring: Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless, Jimmy Chin and Tommy Caldwell Alex Honnold:"My friends are like, Oh, that'd be terrible, but if I kill myself in an accident, they'll be like, Oh, that was too bad, but like life goes on, you know, like …

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DVD review: “Born Racer” (2018)

"Born Racer" (2018)  Documentary Running Time: 88 minutes Directed by: Bryn Evans Featuring: Scott Dixon, Emma Davies-Dixon and Kenny Szymanski Emma Davies-Dixon:"...unless he's going really fast, he doesn't feel alive." Released this month on DVD is the documentary "Born Racer" (2018) based mostly around New Zealand born car racer Scott Dixon who now makes his …

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DVD review: “Studio 54: The Documentary” (2018)

"Studio 54: The Documentary" (2018)  Documentary Running Time: 98 minutes Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer Featuring: Ian Schragerand Steve Rubell Andy Warhol:"The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it’s a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor." This week sees the release of yet another documentary on DVD, the rather unimaginatively titled, …

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DVD review: “Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist” (2018)

"Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist" (2018)  Documentary Running Time: 83 minutes Directed by: Lorna Tucker Featuring: Christina Hendricks, Kate Moss, André Leon Talley and Vivienne Westwood Vivienne Westwood:"This film about me is mediocre. I am not." This week we see the release of one of the more oddly put together documentaries from last year on DVD, that is the average "Westwood: …

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DVD review: “McQueen” (2018)

“McQueen” (2018)  Documentary Directed by: Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui  Featuring: Alexander McQueen, Bernard Arnault, Joseph Bennett, Detmar Blow Alexander McQueen:"You can only go forward by making mistakes." This week we see the release of yet another great documentary from last year on DVD, that is the excellent “McQueen” (2018). The past year has been an excellent year for documentaries …

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DVD Review: “RBG” (2018)

"RBG" (2018) Documentary Running Time: 97 minutes Directed by: Betsy West & Julie Cohen Featuring: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Ginsburg, James Steven Ginsburg, Nina Totenberg, Clara Spera, Gloria Steinem Sarah Grimké: "I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." This week we …

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DVD review: “McKellen: Playing the Part” (2017)

"McKellen: Playing the Part" (2017)  Documentary Running Time: 92 minutes Directed by: Joe Stephenson Featuring: Ian McKellen Sir Ian McKellen: "What woke me up was AIDS." This week sees the release of the documentary "McKellen: Playing the Part" (2017) on DVD, which is less a traditional example of the genre, instead opting for a subjective talk to …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Working Class Boy” (2018)

"Working Class Boy" (2018) Documentary Running Time: 104 minutes Directed by: Mark Joffe Featuring: Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Ian Moss, Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell Jimmy Barnes:"I was born James Dixon Swan. This is the story of how I became Jimmy Barnes." This week marks the release of the Jimmy Barnes documentary "Working Class Boy" (2018) based on his …

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DVD & Blu-ray review: “Ken Burns’ The Civil War” (1990)

“Ken Burns’ The Civil War” (1990) TV Series/Documentary Episodes: Nine Created by: Ken Burns Featuring: David,McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Kellor, Athur Miller, and many more Abraham Lincoln: "As a nation, we began by declaring that "All men are created equal." We now practically read it, "All men are created equal, …

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DVD review: “LA 92” (2017)

“LA 92” (2017) Documentary Running Time: 114 minutes Directed by: Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin Featuring: George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Pete Wilson, Daryl Gates, Joyce Karlin, Rodney King, Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell Congresswoman Maxine Waters: "This is what you get with video of a killing." This is actually the first of at least two high profile documentaries about the LA …

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Television review: “Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia” (2017)

“Louis Theoux: Talking To Anorexia (2017) Documentary Running Time: 60 minutes Presented by: Louis Theroux Louis Theroux: “But that’s part of your illness there should be no shame attached, it’s an illness.” If you enjoy watching Louis Theroux as well as his particular form of documentary, then the recent month has been a blessing for …

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DVD & Blu-ray review: “Ken Burns’ The War” (2007)

“Ken Burns’ The War” (2007) TV Series/Documentary Episodes: Seven Created by:  Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Featuring: Adam Arkin, Tom Hanks, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Lucas, Bobby Cannavale and Eli Wallach Ken Burns: “I think that the overwhelming deciding factor to create THE WAR was the knowledge that we were losing 1,000 veterans each day in the United States -- this is a loss …

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