Category Archives: documentary

Pina Bausch, an art film

I’m sitting in my hotel at midnight in Berlin and compelled to write a brief review of PINA, Wim Wender’s (the man who made me sigh over angels and want to be a trapeze artist) new 3D film about the dancer, Pina Bausch. … Continue reading

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Back to the Real World … via Awful Airplane Movies.

Ah, what a way to enter back into the real world. After a week of watching mostly great – or at least intellectually provoking – documentaries, it’s EAT PRAY LOVE on the airplane. Is there a worse, more insulting, 1950s-era … Continue reading

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Am I the only one who still likes watching movies?

I think I might be a dinosaur. I was one of the few people who went to IDFA to actually watch movies. I met a lot of people who came for the Forum, the pitches, the master classes, the new media … Continue reading

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El Bulli: The Best Chemistry Experiment in the World

Don’t know if you want to watch a film about molecular gastronomical cooking? Here’s a test: Three Spaniards laboriously debate over the sweet potato. Can you extract the best flavor through baking, frying, freeze-drying, pressure cooking, sous vide vacuumizing or juicing … Continue reading

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Estonia Centuries Ago

As I sat watching MYSTERION, Pirjo Honkasalo’s documentary about a convent in northern Estonia, the flicker of actual film stock as well as the timeless faces and garb of the nuns convinced me that it must have been shot in … Continue reading

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Tito’s Yugoslavia

For me, the most exciting thing about a film festival is the unknown. Amazing story or wretched trainwreck? No one knows because no one has seen most of these! If there’s a gap in the day, I will pick something … Continue reading

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Frederick Wiseman is a cute, wizened genius!

BOXING GYM (Frederick Wiseman) is, like all Wiseman films, a very simple (and yet oh so complex!) portrait of a social structure. In this case, it’s a boxing gym in Austin, Texas. First of all, it made me want to … Continue reading

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Burma is hilarious. Or: How Two White Guys save the Burmese.

THIS PRISON WHERE I LIVE is the first movie I saw at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam). The summary in the festival guide says it’s about Burmese comedian, Zarganar. But it isn’t. It’s really about a whiney Brit filmmaker … Continue reading

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