Category Archives: Documentary

JEREMIAH TOWER – THE LAST MAGNIFICENT (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About Celebrated American Chef, Jeremiah Tower

Jeremiah Tower - The Last Magnificent (2016), Jeremiah Tower
Jeremiah Tower – The Last Magnificent (2016), Jeremiah Tower

Jeremiah Tower – The Last Magnificent is a new documentary about Jeremiah Tower, the American chef who transformed the restaurant industry, helped create the cult of the ‘celebrity chef’ and is a major influence for many of the famous chefs of today…

I’m intrigued by those for whom cooking is a passion because it’s not mine. I want to know about Tower’s influence and the story of the level of greatness he was able to achieve. Unlike the situation when I watched Chef (2014) (my favourite ‘foodie movie’), this time I’ll be sure to have my favourite foods within reach as the movie plays.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent Release Dates: April 21st, 2017 (US)…

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LOVE, SWEAT & TEARS (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About The Menopause, Featuring Joan Rivers, Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Pamela Dee…

Love, Sweat & Tears (2016), Jenny McCarthy
Love, Sweat & Tears (2016), Jenny McCarthy

Love, Sweat & Tears, is a new documentary about Dr. Pamela Dee’s mission to de-stigmatise the menopause. Directed by Scott Jacobs, the documentary features Joan Rivers, Michael Beckwith, Jenny McCarthy and Shannon Brunson-Killian to name just a few…

This looks ideal for everyone who has ever been curious about this definitely inconvenient (for all concerned) part of life. I absolutely welcome hearing about it from the unfortunately late comic, Joan Rivers.

Visit the Love, Sweat & Tears official site for viewing details.

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THE FREEDOM TO MARRY (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About The Campiagn To Legalise Same Sex Marriage In The U.S…

Freedom To Marry (2016), Documentary
Freedom To Marry (2016), Documentary

The Freedom To Marry is a new documentary about the campaign to legalise marriage for same-sex couples. Covering the final frenetic months leading up to the Supreme Court ruling, we get to meet some of the key players. To name just one, Evan Wolfson, attorney and gay rights advocate who has worked tirelessly for many years in the name of equality…

I currently only know the basics about all that it took to get to that fateful day on June 26, 2015. The day when the Supreme Court finally ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. I’m ready for a good audio visual schooling on this topic. What a perfectly cute baby, up top.

The Freedom To Marry Release dates: March 3rd, 2017 (US)…

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THE LAST LAUGH (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About Humour & The Holocaust – Featuring Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks, Judy Gold…

The Last Laugh (2016), Sarah Silverman
The Last Laugh (2016), Sarah Silverman

Today we have another documentary about funny people. Featuring among others, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Klara Firestone and Rob Reiner, the topic director Ferne Pearlstein’s The Last Laugh is whether it’s ever acceptable to use humour when dealing with a tragedy of the scale of the holocaust…

I’m thinking it’s not necessarily what you do but when and how you do it. It’ll be interesting to see how the professionally funny break this down in more detail.

The Last Laugh Release Dates: March 3rd, 2017 (US)…

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL (2017): New Trailer For Al Gore Climate Change Documentary…

An Inconvenient Sequel (2016)
An Inconvenient Sequel (2016)

The documentary that brought climate change to the forefront, An Inconvenient Truth (2006) has a brand new sequel. Directed by Bonni Cohen plus Jon Shenk and starring Al Gore, An Inconvenient Sequel is here to show us how close we really are to an energy revolution…

I actually haven’t yet seen An Inconvenient Truth, but just like one of my favourite recently watched documentaries about Zionism and the Israel / Palestine conflict, Colliding Dreams (2015), the title is perfection, no?

An Inconvenient Sequel Release Dates: June 15th, 2017 (GER); July 28th, 2017 (US)…

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ABSTRACT – THE ART OF DESIGN (2017): New Trailer For Design Documentary Featuring Tinker Hatfield, Ralph Gilles, Platon…

abstract-the-art-of-design-2017-tinker-hatfield

Abstract – The Art Of Design is a new Netflix documentary series featuring eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design currently. From Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield to automative designer Ralph Gilles…

I adore the art of design (spectating more than actual designing) so this one is a must for me.

The other designers featured include Bjarke Ingels (architect), Ilse Crawford (interior designer), Es Devlin (stage designer), Paula Scher (graphic designer), Christoph Nieman (illustrator) and Platon (photographer).

Abstract – The Art Of Design Release Dates: February 10th, 2017 (US)…

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MISERY LOVES COMEDY (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Misery Loves Comedy (2015), Steve Coogan
Misery Loves Comedy (2015), Steve Coogan

I love funny people so I knew I’d have a good time watching  writer/ director Kevin Pollak’s documentary, Misery Loves Comedy. It’s a film that has a mixture of funny people from comedians to actors and filmmakers all answering the question: ‘Do you have to be miserable to be funny?’

I’ll start by saying that I had a good time overall but I did find some of the editing a tad odd, especially in the first two thirds. Secondly, maybe because I already know plenty about funny people and thats why I didn’t feel as enlightened by what most of the comics had to say. Thirdly, the number of people featured is a lot. Perhaps it would have been more interesting had the documentary been about a handful of celebrated funny people, therefore allowing for more in depth interviews and probably less jarring editing. Last but not least, as much as I love Steve Coogan, Richard Lewis,  Amy Schumer, etc., it didn’t help that nearly none of my favourites comics made an appearance in this documentary; Louis C.K. to name just one. 

Misery Loves Comedy (2015), Richard Lewis
Misery Loves Comedy (2015), Richard Lewis

The part I loved the most in Misery Loves Comedy is towards the end because that’s when the comics finally answer the question of whether one needs to be miserable to be funny. Another way to ask the question is ‘whether a person is born funny or if it’s something they develop.’ One of the best answers I’ve heard isn’t actually in this documentary, but in a Kjersti Flaa interview with Louis C.K. where C.K.’s response is…

I definitely don’t think you can be born funny. Funny happens to you. It’s like you can’t be taught how to be emotionally a wreck. Funny is a defence mechanism.’

Amen to that is what I say! Sometimes it’s a matter of whether you find a way to focus on the funny side or you wallow – and sometimes if you cant quite see the funny side, it’s wise to let your favourite funny person help you do that and/ or take your mind elsewhere.

Watch Misery Loves Comedy because you’re curious about funny people. It may not feature all your top favourite comics, but you’ll enjoy the entertaining company nonetheless.

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BRIGHT LIGHTS – STARRING CARRIE FISHER & DEBBIE REYNOLDS (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About The Famously Close Mother & Daughter

Bright Lights - Starring Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds (2016), Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher

Bright Lights – Starring Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds is a new documentary about the famously close relationship between mother / daughter and Hollywood royalty, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher – both of whom passed away very recently in 2016 and just a few days apart…

I confess that I only just recently realised that Reynolds & Fisher were actual mother and daughter. Before their passing, I’d known of Fisher because of Star Wars and Reynolds mainly for her role in Will & Grace.

Directed by Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens and featuring Carrie’s sibling Todd Fisher, I’m most curious about the strong mother/ daughter bond, especially since it’s of the kind that many mothers and daughters can only fantasise about.

Bright Lights – Starring Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Release Dates: January 7th, 2017 (US)…

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