Category Archives: Documentary

SEEING ALLRED (2018): New Trailer For Documentary About The Work Of Gloria Allred…

Seeing Allred (2018), Gloria Allred
Seeing Allred (2018), Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred has devoted more than forty years to asserting and protecting women’s rights.

Directed by Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain Seeing Allred follows her as she takes on the biggest names in American culture as coverage of sexual assault allegations in the media become more and more prevalent…

It’s about time I learned more about Allred; a clearly impressive woman I don’t already know enough about.

Seeing Allred Release Dates: January 21st, 2018 (US)…

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MANOLO – THE BOY WHO MADE SHOES FOR LIZARDS (2016): The Things I Liked…

Manolo - The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017), Manolo Blahnik
Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017), Manolo Blahnik

Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards, the documentary about Manolo Blahnik, a.k.a. ’the best shoe-maker of the 20th and 21st centuries’ delivers an intimate portrait of the acclaimed shoe designer. I’d also describe it as relaxed viewing, especially considering the film’s idyllic and often dream-like look and feel. Your heart will not race as you watch. Well, except if the sight of very well designed high fashion shoes usually does that for you.

Through interviews, re-enactments, recent footage, and more, Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards reveals Blahnik’s inspirations / muses (past and present), some of his collections and his design process from idea to finished shoe.

Some of the featured fans and friends of Blahnik include music / fashion / beauty superstar Rihanna, Vogue Magazine editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, British supermodel Naomi Campbell and the late Isabella Blow – discoverer of Alexander McQueen, magazine editor and muse to hat designer Philip Treacy.

My favourite of all the people featured has to be late fashion photographer Cecil Beaton. His personality, based on the clips shown must have been very delightful indeed.

I had to watch this documentary because fashion is art and impressive creatives like Blahnik are infinitely intriguing to me. With that said, watch it for one or two surprising truths about Blahnik,  if you’re anything like me and / or you adore fashion and very beautiful shoes.

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PANDAS (2018): New Trailer For Panda Documentary…

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Set at Chengdu Panda Base in China, where scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas, in order to introduce cubs into the wild, Pandas promises an exciting adventure directed by David Douglas, Drew Fellman and captured with IMAX (R) Cameras…

I know that pandas are cute because they are. Plus, I’ve seen Kung Fu Panda 3 a good number of times. However, since the pandas I saw at San Diego Zoo a few years ago just sat around eating and nothing else, I kind of decided that I wasn’t that into them after all.

Now that I’ve seen this trailer though, it’s probably safe to say that I’m very much back in love. I’ll be watching mainly for the overwhelming cuteness; but also to learn a thing or two.

Pandas Release Date: April 6th, 2018 (US)…

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HOUSE OF Z (2017): The Thing I liked…

House Of Z (2017), Zac Posen
House Of Z (2017), Zac Posen

House Of Z, the Sandy Chronopoulos directed documentary about the life and career of fashion designer Zac Posen is an interesting watch. Especially for those curious about the nature and challenges of working in the fashion industry as a designer.

Featuring video footage of a young Posen’s early life and interviews with his collaborators, family and friends, House Of Z does an adequate job of painting a clear picture that shows us more than just the creations that speak of Posen’s undeniable talent. We learn about just how instrumental the support of his family was in his early success. We also learn about what went wrong, Posen’s eventual fall from grace followed by an update of what the designer is doing now.

If you’ve seen one or more fashion films or documentaries, you can probably guess that the classic battle between art and commerce is covered in this film. The general rule being that bad things happen when that relationship isn’t managed well.

House of Z is not a perfect documentary – in part because some of the editing early on in the film felt quite awkward. But should you be curious enough, watch it for Posen’s artistry – the magnificent dresses and the cautionary tale about the relationship between art plus commerce and finding success at a young age.

The part of House Of Z that I enjoyed most is of course when I got to look at Posen’s truly breathtaking early designs, just as the fashion world was beginning to pay attention. I also liked the beautiful words of Joseph Campbell at the end about ‘following your bliss’.

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THE CHINA HUSTLE (2017): New Trailer Documentary From Jed Rothstein…

The China Hustle (2017)
The China Hustle (2017)

Written and directed by Jed Rothstein, The China Hustle is a close look at the Wall Street horror story about Chinese companies, the American stock market, and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you’ve never heard of…

This trailer is too long and I’ve seen a good number of documentaries with capitalism as a key subject matter that I basically feel as though I’ve seen them all. The difference with this one is of course, the China angle.

I wonder if any revelations in this documentary will truly surprise me.

Featured contributors include Dan David, Matthew Wiechert, Carson Block, James Chanos, Soren Aandahl and Maj Soueidnn

China Hustle Release Dates: March 23rd, 2018 (US)…

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POOP TALK (2017): New Trailer For Aaron N. Feldman Documentary About Poop…

Poop Talk (2017), Eric Stonestreet
Poop Talk (2017), Eric Stonestreet

Poop Talk is a An Aaron N. Feldman written / directed documentary that features funny people talking about poop. The list of funny people includes Kumail Nanjiani, Eric Stonestreet, Aisha Tyler and Rob Corddry – to name just a few…

I’m intrigued about what comedians have to say on the subject. I also find myself fine with listening to them them talk about poop because they’ll likely make me laugh. What I find myself disgusted by however, is the ‘clever’ brown poop smear overlay that appears with each speakers name in this trailer.  Clearly talk is one thing, but seeing is something else entirely.

Poop Talk Release Dates: February 1st, 2018 (US)…

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THE FINAL YEAR (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Barack Obama’s Foreign Office Team During His Last Year In Office…

The Final Year (2017), Brack Obama, John Kerry
The Final Year (2017), Brack Obama, John Kerry

A unique insiders’ account of former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office is what new Greg Barker directed documentary The Final Year offers.

With unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, The Final Year promises a look at the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years…

Just like the narrator, I too imagined that the white house, particularly the parts surrounding the oval office were much larger that what we get to see in this trailer. I suppose everything appears larger in House Of Cards because the set has to be bulit with greater dimensions to allow for ease of filming. Just a guess.

I’ll be watching for reasons including all that I didn’t already know and just to rewind time a little bit so I can reminisce about the smarts, empathy and charisma of America’s former president.

The Final Year Release Dates: Januaray 19th, 2018 (US)…

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SHADOWMAN (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Street Artist Richard Hambleton…

Shadowman (2017), Richard Hambleton
Shadowman (2017), Richard Hambleton

Shawdowman is a documentary directed by Oren Jacoby about Richard Hambleton, street artist and founder of the street art movement.

Hambleton eventually succumbed to drugs and homelessness and disappeared, until twenty years later when he’s rediscovered and given another chance…

 

I’m watching because I like Hambleton’s shadows. However, I’d probably want them in a less unsettling colour. Something tells me that he may not have liked that much, at all.

Shadowman Release Dates: December 1st, 2017 (US)…

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